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MKV/Metallic an hollow sound on the lower octaves
« on: November 30, 2021, 02:14:00 AM »
Hey everyone
I just got an MKV and its sounds just great, except für the lower 14 keys. These sound very metallic and "hollow". I noticed the ton bar springs are quite rusty, the grommets seem to be fine.
When i hit the key hard, the sound is just fine....


Any clues?

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Re: MKV/Metallic an hollow sound on the lower octaves
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2021, 08:56:56 AM »
Have you tried voicing them at all yet? The springs might have an effect on the sustain of each note but not its voicing.

Take a look at this page from the manual and see if these adjustments improve the metallic/hollow sound.
https://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/ch4.html#4-7
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Re: MKV/Metallic an hollow sound on the lower octaves
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2021, 01:51:19 AM »
Hey
Thanks for the answer. I noticed the escapment is VERY low. Could that be the sourceof my misery?

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Re: MKV/Metallic an hollow sound on the lower octaves
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2021, 04:41:33 PM »

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Follow Spave's advice and set the timber.  The long tines should be aimed very high above the pickup tips.

Replace the grommets.  37-year-old grommets are not fine, no matter how they seem.
Swing over to see Jens at http://www.tasteundtechnik.de, or order grommets from https://www.ep-service.nl.

When you install the new grommets, you will clean the old springs, and set the escapement perfectly.  Check the strike line as well.

If the escapement is very low on those long tines, it is easy to get "double-strike" muting of the tine.  The tine swings down to touch the hammer tip while the key is still depressed.  You should be able to clearly hear this effect and feel it with your fingertips on your left hand through the keytops.

A little bit of tinkering, and Bald wirst du wie Richard Tee klingen.

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Re: MKV/Metallic an hollow sound on the lower octaves
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2021, 01:32:27 AM »
I will give it a shot, thanks for the advice!

P.S. "Richard Tee", how did you know? He is my avatar on Musiker-Board and my biggest inspiration (still crazy after all these years...)

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Re: MKV/Metallic an hollow sound on the lower octaves
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2021, 02:41:00 AM »

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Internet search engine found "piano1071" on Musiker-Board, and I recognized the photo of RT.

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