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Started by bgm722, August 29, 2022, 09:48:15 PM

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Hi!  Long time lurker, first time poster -

I am in the USA but have one of the 240V Rhodes that was intended for export to Europe.  I bought it about 15 years ago in NYC and have been playing it successfully in NY for the last 15 years.  I just blew the line fuse to the amp and am trying to figure out what to do next...

I am not particularly savvy with electrical engineering and, embarrassingly, didn't notice that it was 240V when I bought it.  But everything worked great with good sound and full power. 

I'm not confident enough to open things up and mess around.  And I've spoken to a couple of people that have given conflicting advice.  It could have been mod-ed for 120V, or there could be a internal step down transformer (added later I assume).  Or, the fuse blowing could be a sign of something else going wrong and this would be a good opportunity to swap out any original caps, etc.

So, first question - is there any way to know if I want a 1.5A fuse intended for 240V or a 3A fuse intended for 120V?  (any way to know that is accessible to my monkey brain that is).

And second question - I got 15 great years out of the instrument, should I just haul it to a reputable repair shop and get it overhauled?

Thanks in advance, any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.



Why don't you just remove the old fuse and look at it. You'll find the voltage rating on the fuse itself.
German Rhodes Tech nearby Hamburg / Bremen

pianotuner steveo

Adding a higher rated fuse could be very bad if there is a short inside. I would try what Tines & Reeds suggested first. If it blows right away, there is a problem, most likely in the power section. A reputable repair shop is recommended for repair if there is a problem, but it can be very expensive and you may need to help them to get a schematic from this website, unless they have experience with this model.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...


I'm by no means an expert for those things but I have seen voltage conversions of all kinds for different instruments. This looks like a Mk II? I own a 88 Suitcase Mk II myself which was a "US" model but was easily converted inside. I suspect that your model is converted as well. I don't think it would run on 110V satisfactorily if it was configured for 240V.


I'd like to add:

Those transformers in these suitcase Pianos can be rewired to be used with 110V or with 230V. So a step down / step up converter is not necessary.

You can't see it from the outside. You'd have to open it and look at how the transformer is wired at the power switch.
German Rhodes Tech nearby Hamburg / Bremen