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Offline MotherMosquito

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Overtones Dying
« on: March 05, 2008, 05:45:41 AM »
Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum so guess it's a good idea to first introduce myself.
I'm 23 years old, from germany and play the keys in several bands from Jazz and Funkbands to Pink Floyd tributes.
I play a 1979 Stage MK I which I got just some weeks ago and is my very first Rhodes Piano.

To the problem:

Some of the lower notes (between 25 and 35) have this "overtone dying issue" which appears randomly at every 10th to 15th strike.
The note starts ringing as usual, but the overtones die out immediately and just the fundamental keeps sustaining. (pedal up)

When I got the piano this was not apparent. I removed the harp the other day to tune the instrument and when I fastened it back to its position, the problem was there.
So, maybe this has something to do with "striking line"? I don't quite understand exactly whats meant with this term, maybe someone could explain it for a Rhodes noob like me?


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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008, 05:49:33 AM »
it relates to the best position for the hammer tip to be hitting the tine in order for it to vibrate in the best way.
you can experiment by unscrewing the harp and pushing it back or forth slightly as you a play a note, you'll feel and hear the difference.

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Overtones Dying
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008, 03:20:06 PM »
Yes, if this problem just happened when you unscrewed the harp, try to unscrew and move around.

If this doesnt solve the problem, try to play these notes with the pedal all the way down.  The tines may be hitting the damper felts.
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