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« on: June 16, 2008, 03:10:55 PM »
Has anybody ever tried to document what kind of springs these are, where they came from and whether they have the same strength across the entire harp?
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2008, 03:18:11 PM »
Although I don't know exact specs or anything, I believe the escapement screw used the same, thick spring, while the tone setting screw (closest to keys) used thick spring in low, lighter in mid, then a thin blue colored spring in the upper.  Or perhaps it was thick low-mid, thin mid-high will have to check.  No idea about anything in regards to vendor, compression etc though.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008, 05:31:01 PM »
I have an old box full of bits and pieces called *Replacement Parts Kit Part # 35-2000-000 which I am constantly using for my projects. For the mounting springs it has the following different compartments:


02-0022-000
Spring, Blue
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#68 thru #80 Rear

02-0014-000
Spring, Natural
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#33 thru #68 Front & Rear
#68 thru #88 Front

02-0006-000
Spring, Yellow
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#1 thru #32 Front & Rear

The blue ones are the thinnest and the yellow ones are the thickest. I used the def on the box to replace a few tonebars.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you need pics.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2008, 09:09:05 PM »
also, the mkV has green and red springs i believe!

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008, 02:46:15 AM »
Quote from: "Jense"
I have an old box full of bits and pieces called *Replacement Parts Kit Part # 35-2000-000 which I am constantly using for my projects. For the mounting springs it has the following different compartments:


02-0022-000
Spring, Blue
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#68 thru #80 Rear

02-0014-000
Spring, Natural
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#33 thru #68 Front & Rear
#68 thru #88 Front

02-0006-000
Spring, Yellow
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#1 thru #32 Front & Rear



which matches the springs in my piano almost perfect.
in the highest octave of my 73 key Mark II I find some red colored springs aswell. and some blue ones are on front aswell.

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008, 03:53:30 AM »
Jense thats awesome info! (says Mike as he's already putting it to good use.................)
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2008, 02:19:57 PM »
Thanks, that's the kind of documentation I was looking for.  Now I'm trying to remember if I kept the springs in the same places when I replaced all the grommets a year ago....  :shock:
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2008, 04:02:38 PM »
You're welcome  :D

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2008, 01:17:33 AM »
So now that we've got the Blue, Yellow & Natural ranges sorted out for what I'm assuming is the Mark I era, what about Red & Green?  Can any Mark V owners out there verify where those go???
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2008, 01:25:52 AM »
P.S. I'm asking because it looks like the harp on mine was updated with the Mark V springs, but since I didn't keep track of their positions when I switched out the grommets I'm a little screwed at the moment....
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2008, 04:36:39 PM »
Quote from: "Jense"

02-0022-000
Spring, Blue
Tone Bar Assembly Mounting
#68 thru #80 Rear


is this meant to be 68-88? Otherwise there's no info for the rear springs 81-88.

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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2008, 05:51:29 PM »
I would assume so, he's referring to 80 as the numbering scheme on some 73's are different and don't run 1-73
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2008, 05:58:22 PM »
cool, I thought so. The other thing which isn't clear is that #68 appears in both number ranges. So which is it meant to be? Two natural springs or one natural, one blue?

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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2008, 02:47:09 AM »
After a few weeks with my piano in pieces I finally got to the grommets. My '74 had blue springs for the upper twelve or so escapement screws, and i'd say 20+ heavier springs for the bottom, they looked corroded so I probably cleaned off any color they had left, other than that, it was the same screw the rest of the harp. 73 notes.
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2008, 03:38:46 AM »
sorry for OT, but:
James, do you have 12 grands, if yes, then buy the still boxed Mark V from SE and take a look at the spring setting. It will for sure be original.

on topic:
common, where are the Mark V owners ?
We need your help.

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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2008, 04:58:14 AM »
I seem to have been contacted by many of the possible 2000 Mark V owners on Planet Earth, including one here in Santa Cruz (but I don't remember his name now and I never saw the piano in person!).  I really wish we had more than just the Mark V user guide as official documentation of the piano's features.

Here are some other notes on production:

There were 3 prototypes of the Mark V Pro 73 built, a.k.a. the MIDI version.  These went to Steve Woodyard (the developer), Chick Corea and John Novello.

One prototype of the Mark V Stage 88 may have been built, but if it was, it wound up in the dumpster.

According to John from Major Key, 600 of the 2000 Mark V's produced were shipped to Japan when Rhodes was shut down. On arrival they were retrofitted with the Pro 73 MIDI electronics, which had been manufactured but never installed.  At this point Steve and Chick are the only people we've seen with a MIDI Mark V, so it seems more likely that this was a plan on paper rather than something that actually happened.  I guess if Ben's database count hits 1401 Mark V's without MIDI, we'll know it wasn't true....
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2008, 12:14:27 PM »
I'll keep you posted!  haha.  1400 mark Vs would probably take to the end of my life, as I can only get the info when people either find this site or decide to sell theirs.
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2008, 03:24:03 AM »
OK, now that I finally tore apart the entire harp I have my inventory.  It turns out that all of the yellow springs seem to have turned to a red-orange rust color with age, and the blue springs look more on the green side.  So based on the 88-key spec for a 73, here's my supply:

Quote
Spring, Blue
#68 thru #80 Rear


I have 34 blue ones. This only requires...13?

Quote
Spring, Natural
#33 thru #68 Front & Rear
#68 thru #80 Front


I have 86 natural ones. Just enough to cover the 84 required by this one.

Quote
Spring, Yellow
#8 thru #32 Front & Rear


I have 28 springs that may have been yellow at one time. 50 is a hell of a lot more than 28.  Why they would decide to use a lighter spread of springs across the harp, I have no f**king clue.  Too much sustain???

I'm actually becoming more and more disturbed as I look at the harp piece by piece now, since I wasn't really paying attention when I first replaced the grommets almost 2 years ago now.  One thing I noticed is that I still haven't replaced some of the grommets!!!  Unfortunately I'm going through the remorse of "looking under the hood" after getting this shop piano from Major Key, which has at least 8 bad tines inside.  By "bad" I mean old tines of theirs from test batches, none of which were ever successful as techs out there can tell you.  I've already had to replace tine #35 in the midrange, along with the #5 long tine and tonebar assembly that were missing completely....

I think it's time to talk to Speakeasy about that Mark V in the box.  I'm tired of all these headaches.
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2008, 12:03:08 PM »
Hahaha that speakeasy thing probably got some sealed moisture in it and it's rotted out!  At least that's what I tell myself so I don't dream about it.
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« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2008, 02:13:05 PM »
Yeah, keep telling yourself that...except for the wood keys the thing is almost all plastic....

BTW, I ended up buying the $50 tonebar set from digmystuff76 last night, which is supposed to include all of the mounting springs & other hardware (minus tines, duh).  I figured it was a good way to get all of the yellows I need considering everything else that went with it.  Hopefully the previous owners of the piano he parted out didn't screw with the springs!!!
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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2009, 05:25:49 PM »
I'm just pulling apart a Mk I Stage 73 from week 35, 1973. Here is what I found:

Keys 1 - 25   All yellow springs, and this exactly corresponds with the tonebars that have the slot between the voicing screw and the quarter twist

Keys 25-53  All natural (unpainted) springs and this corresponds to tonebars with no slot and one quarter twist

Keys 54-73  Blue springs on the escapement (end) screw and natural springs on the voicing side.

This is contrary to the replacement parts above, but it makes sense that the springing would match the tonebar style change (for some reason??)

The spring wire diameter measures:
Yellow - 1.02 mm
Natural - 0.89 mm
Blue - 0.65 mm

This piano has mostly original parts...I don't think that it has ever been completely stripped down. I'm trying the McMaster tonebar screw and grommet replacements for the first time and it's working well.
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« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2010, 06:50:40 PM »
I am going to take my newly acquired MKV harp apart this week, so I think within a few days I can tell you where what goes!
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« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2010, 08:12:50 AM »
Hey everybody.

I just removed all the tonebars from my MKV, and I came across 3 types of springs, Orange, Red and Green.
The order of the springs? well, not clear to me! there is a sort of an order, but it is messed up sometimes.

8-21 Orange - orange (pickup side - keybed side)
22-64 Red - Red, with somtimes orange springs in between( ???why ???)
65-70 Green (only one hole per tonebar here)
71-80 Rubber

Can someone with a mark V please check his rhodes for the spring colors?
I wonder how the colors relate to for instance MK1 versions
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« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2010, 08:20:05 PM »
^ Mine are orange, red and the top end has no colour at all. Most of the colour has worn off on all the springs.
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« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2010, 05:52:18 AM »
but what kind of rhodes (year, mark) do you have?

edit: it was also sometimes difficult to check what colour the springs have (had).
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« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2010, 05:58:11 AM »
Mark V 84
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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2010, 06:09:32 AM »
I think your top ones are supposed to be green ;)
does your colour sections match my list (or sort of?)
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« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2011, 01:50:28 PM »
I am currently restoring my first rhodes piano, a 1979 mark I stage 73. I am currently working on removing and cleaning the lower section (yellow springs), and oddly enough, I have found that there are a couple screws with two springs instead of one. I am wondering if this was intentional or simply a mistake when this rhodes was set up. Does any one have any thoughts on this? Have you seen this before?

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« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2011, 07:37:31 PM »
Well, intentional or not, a lot of Rhodes have double springs on some notes.   I can share this anecdote:

Last weekend, I did a full grommet, washer and screw replacement on my (new to me) Rhodes.  One of the old grommets was totally pancaked -- flat, and sticking out far beyond the flat washer.  I replaced it, and when I tightened the escapement screw, I noticed that the new grommet was pancaked, too.

Finally noticed that this tone bar had two springs on it.  I removed one of the springs, threw another new grommet on -- and all is well.

By the way, I read a lot of accounts in the list archives about using the McMaster-Carr grommets in which people reported problems with them being too tight or having an inability to get sustain in the top register.  Glad to say they worked perfectly for me -- and looked just like the Speakeasy grommets I bought several years ago for roughly 6X the cost of the McMaster ones.
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« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2011, 02:29:04 PM »
Thats exactly what I have on my 1977 Mark I 73. Seems to be close to whats right.
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I'm just pulling apart a Mk I Stage 73 from week 35, 1973. Here is what I found:

Keys 1 - 25   All yellow springs, and this exactly corresponds with the tonebars that have the slot between the voicing screw and the quarter twist

Keys 25-53  All natural (unpainted) springs and this corresponds to tonebars with no slot and one quarter twist

Keys 54-73  Blue springs on the escapement (end) screw and natural springs on the voicing side.

This is contrary to the replacement parts above, but it makes sense that the springing would match the tonebar style change (for some reason??)

The spring wire diameter measures:
Yellow - 1.02 mm
Natural - 0.89 mm
Blue - 0.65 mm

This piano has mostly original parts...I don't think that it has ever been completely stripped down. I'm trying the McMaster tonebar screw and grommet replacements for the first time and it's working well.