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VV Sustain Pedal Issues 73 MK1 Suitcase

Started by justinmroth81, February 04, 2023, 06:06:19 PM

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justinmroth81

I'm ditching the suitcase cab for my 73 MK1 and am having issues with getting the VV sustain pedal to function. I recently had this piano bump modded and serviced and from what I can tell, the issue is that the dowel for the damper which has a felt pad on it is flush with the bottom of the piano. Essentially I tighten the wing nut on the sustain rod to make contact with the dowel but then the rod loosens with just one push and falls over. I'm guessing this dowel needs to move up to allow a bit of a recess to keep the sustain rod in place. This still wouldn't fix the issue of the wingnut not having enough strength to hold the telescoping rod in place.  Some years ago I used this without the suitcase cab. I took the sustain pedal and wooden rod from that, built a wooden frame to for the pedal to sit in and used a small block of wood screwed underneath with a hole drilled in it to stabilize the adjustable screw rod at the top of the suitcase pedals sustain rod.You cannot view this attachment.

Jenzz

Hi :-)

You have to cut the sustain dovel down to lenghts of that of a stage piano, then insert this guide cup:

https://www.vintagevibe.com/products/fender-rhodes-sustain-guide-cup


Now you can use the normal stage pedal...


A hotfix will be to drill a hole to the bottom of the dovel to fit the size of the pushrod.



Jenzz
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In the Past:
Stage 73 Mk1 (1977)
Stage 88 Mk1 (1975)
Stage 73 Mk2 (1980)
Stage 73 Mk2 (1981 - plastic)
Suitcase 73 Mk1 (1973)
Suitcase 73 Mk1 (1978)

Ilmeha

Quote from: Jenzz on April 07, 2023, 01:41:16 PMHi :-)

You have to cut the sustain dovel down to lenghts of that of a stage piano, then insert this guide cup:

https://www.vintagevibe.com/products/fender-rhodes-sustain-guide-cup


Now you can use the normal stage pedal...


A hotfix will be to drill a hole to the bottom of the dovel to fit the size of the pushrod.



Jenzz
The asking price is only $5? How durable is this part?

rhodesworks

It will be durable enough. All it's doing is keeping the sustatin rod centered.There's no pressure applied to it.