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« on: June 15, 2008, 07:59:04 PM »
just noticed the guru selling some new old stock felt hammer tips, and it got me to thinking, why isn't there a kit available for this? i wouldn't mind having a rhodes with that felt hammer sound.

does anyone know the properties of the felt? i'm assuming it's some kind of piano hammer felt, graduating hardness?

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2008, 11:35:46 PM »
From the manual:
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The "tear drop" Hammer Head was excellent for standard pianos, however, it tended to wear a groove, and as the groove deepened, the quality of sound deteriorated. Replacement was cumbersome and costly. While this type of Head was retained for awhile, another innovation followed soon (Figure 8-4). It consisted of a wooden Head with a Felt Tip, which was easily removed for replacement. This was a major step forward in that replacement could be done inexpensively by the musician.

http://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/ch8.html#fig8-4

This leaves the impression that there was no concept of gradation at all, just simple wood core tips with felt covering.  I'm sure Ben will have something to say about this one, considering that he's seen the felt tips in person....
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008, 02:18:54 PM »
Wow really cool to see this kit.  It's pretty useless by itself, because I mean if you've got grooved tips, they're throughout the bed and not just 40-54 :)

I believe it was Pianotuner Steveo that said they really don't manufacture felt to this kind of specification, that this was a very unique production.

I was under the impression when I rotated a guy's felt square tips on his 1970 that they were all the same hardness minus the upper register, which was wood core wrapped in felt.  As I don't imagine you can make a great deal of "hardness" difference in making felt.

For example, on the teardrop hammers, there is less felt wrapping the higher you go up, i.e. less cushion between the tine and the wood hammer core, not a "denser" felt.

I'll have to ask around a bit :)
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2008, 09:04:53 PM »
i always thought that felt was produced in an immense amount of ways, including denser...but, i don't know.

pianotuner steveo??? hello?


i wonder if i can get some piano hammer felt and do my own.

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2008, 09:52:49 PM »
Strange you guys are talking about felt tips. In the large lot of Rhodes stuff I bought a while back,  in additon to quite a few never used  teardrops, there were 2 sets of 54 felts in  bags that were, iirc shaped very much like neopreme tips. Some sort of transitional tip ?  Maybe for a 54 note ? Anyone know ?

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