Pickups noise pickings from flat-top keyboard

Started by Barito, May 07, 2022, 02:32:30 PM

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Hello everybody, new user here  :)
I have just acquired my first (1980) MKII Stage Rhodes and read a lot about possible issues and their fixing. One thing I have not read a solution for is the noise pickups tend to "pick" from any keyboard placed on the flat-top.
How do you experienced users fix this issue?
Thanks in advance for your help


Hi, welcome to the forum!

The noise is due to the fact that Rhodes lids are unshielded. The main solution most use is to put some sort of metal shielding like tinfoil on the inside of the lid and grounding it. However, some people also claim that you can get away with just putting the metal between the keyboard and the Rhodes lid.

Here's a good thread on this subject: https://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=7522.0

Link to Vintage Vibe's shielding tape: https://www.vintagevibe.com/products/conductive-foil-shielding-with-adhesive?_pos=3&_psq=shield&_ss=e&_v=1.0

You can also search the forum for topics containing the words "Rhodes shield" and you will see some more topics on this subject.

Hope this helps  :D
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