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The Piano Bass From Hell

Started by james, September 03, 2008, 06:38:42 PM

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james

This is it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=220276678502

Apparently this is the cosmic cousin of my 12-note Mark II, made in '81 with the plastic keys hidden inside what looks like a late 70's Piano Bass.  I call this thing "cousin" because it seems to be in the same condition as mine was when it was dug up, nicely trashed but still somehow operational.  And of course, the harp cover is on wrong.  That's how we know it's been in the right hands.

And I'm the one bidding on it right now, so do me a favor and lay off please!!!  I plan to bring it back to life and study the mysteries of the plastic key action...and then retolex it in sky blue...and then sponge paint little white clouds on it....
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Rob A

Hopefully that seller isn't pals with MICK MARS OF MOTLEY CREW.

Peacefrog35

That's not as bad as that fiesta red model on there.  IT's in rough shape and was once listed at $3500. NOw its reduced dwon to $1500 ,but is alot for a bass in such rough shape.
current gear:
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord

Ben Bove

It's pianoBasses like these that drive me nuts.

First of all, the serial number is from 1976.  they started the new numbering system at K600,000.

The Pickup rail date is 2381, but is finished almost a year later in 11th of '82.

Tonebars have the Letter and Number which coincides with Mark II era.  White tape pickups are Mark II.  Factory bent damper ends are Mark II.

It's very difficult to guess if this pianobass is really made in the Mark II era as still a Mark 1, that would be my guess but is shocking a bit.  Perhaps these were stockpiled parts so when someone actually ordered a PianoBass in 1981 or 1982, they just used the spare Mark I parts like harp cover, namerail, knobs, etc from the Mark I days.  My guess is that perhaps it was too costly to create the moulds etc for Mark II cosmetics for the PianoBass, as very few were ordered.

It might be one of the only plastic-key piano basses in the world.
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james

My thoughts exactly.  That's why I'm so fascinated with it....

Considering that they sawed a Mark II harp cover in half to build the 12-key sales demos, I doubt they had a cost effective way to make them for a small run of Piano Basses.  Why would you want to stack another keyboard on top of it anyhow???
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james

Thanks.  :shock: So far I've had competition from one other freak who was probably going after the low price.  But I did win the Lost Super Satellite Slave:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=120299284155

I didn't realize that the slave cabinet had its own amp and power supply, so I'm going to use it with the Stage Vibe and see what kind of tone I can get out of it.

But now the Super Satellite Slave From Hell has arrived!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=120301588608

Why didn't I wait...wait, now I know why....
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