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How old is my Rhodes? What year was it made?
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2008, 06:33:03 PM »
Hi,

01 means the first week and 73 is year of production 1973
it is a very nice early model Fender Rhodes Mark I EightyEight.
If pedal with push rod and legs are present, if there is no rust,
if all keys works fine with no scratches or dents and the external
tolex is in good shape, in my opinion the value is approx.
1000-1500USD in U.S. - 2000-2500USD in Europe
but let us hear more opinions from expert gurus here

cheers!
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Silver Top Sparkle 73 Suitcase
Mark I 88 Stage
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« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2008, 10:12:52 AM »
Quote from: "The Real MC"
I just got a 73 suitcase top that I am restoring.

Not only does it have a 1972 datecode on the harp, but there is a "Oct 28 1972" datestamp on the base of the action, on the left side.

I didn't know they put datestamps there.


My first post.

The action rail on the Rhodes Mark I that I am restoring is date stamped in blue - March 26, 1975 - also on the left end.

The date code on the pickup rail, right end is 2975. There is no date code to be found on the tone bar rail.

Re the serial number: The foil serial number label became detached from the glue backing. But the last owner didn't loose it. He/she taped it back on with scotch tape, which I was able to remove and properly reafix the label with gold leaf sizing/glue.  Unfortunately the stampings of the serial number and model where embossed in the glue/vinyl backing of the label and are no longer readable on the label itself. After much study with a magnifying glass, I was able to make out the serial number still embossed in the backing as what apprears to be 45709. I will go with that number unless someone else has one with the same number. BTW, the data label was attached to the tone bar rail at the right end.

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« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2008, 11:44:01 AM »
Danny, you have a Rhodes that's right on the cusp of a transition - Do you have wood/plastic hammers, or all plastic hammers?

Your Rhodes was originally stamped with a blue date code in the upper right, however this vintage of stamping (~74-75) in blue ink often fades away, or is wiped away when someone cleans the harp.  If you look very closely, or perhaps at different angles in the light, you may be able to make out a trace of a date code.

But let me know about the hammers, appreciate it!
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« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2008, 12:34:50 PM »
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Danny, you have a Rhodes that's right on the cusp of a transition - Do you have wood/plastic hammers, or all plastic hammers?

Your Rhodes was originally stamped with a blue date code in the upper right, however this vintage of stamping (~74-75) in blue ink often fades away, or is wiped away when someone cleans the harp.  If you look very closely, or perhaps at different angles in the light, you may be able to make out a trace of a date code.

But let me know about the hammers, appreciate it!


Thank you for the info. The hammers are wood tipped/plastic. It also HAD the retangular tips( I don't know what year they changed them) which appeared to be original but they were grooved pretty good and I have replaced them. The hammer hinge and pins seem to be in very good condition with very little sideways slop. I did order another action from MPG for parts, but the hammer hinges on mine seem to have far less wear than the one I received. So I have a spare action if someone needs parts.

This Rhodes had really been abused with all sorts of modifications, including sawing down the maple support blocks and many other detrimental items. Fortunately, I am a cabinetmaker and have squared the support blocks up and brought them back to the original factory 4 1/2" high.

 I am just about ready to voice it and tune. Last weekend I ordered a Twin Reverb reissue to set it up through. I hope I can get it to sound about like my long ago 72. I sold that  in 84 because the action was killing me to play it and I was going broke replacing tines. I guess we played to much funky stuff. LOL.

Pitures of restoration: http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=208299381/a=107649003_107649003/t_=107649003

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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2008, 06:05:29 PM »
P.S. those interested, it looks like the early 88's were referred to as "Mk88" models... if you look at the badge in the cached link at the top post on this page, this one's from 0173.  Interesting!
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Buying Rhodes Mark II Help
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2008, 04:15:41 PM »
Hi guys,
I'm new here and I really need your help.
I'm about getting a Rhodes Mark II that I found on e-bay.
Unfortunately, owner can not tell me much about it except it's condition.
It looks pretty nice and it has stamped number 2281 next to TBJ17249.
Does it mean that it was produced in May of 81 and it has a plastic keys?
Can you help me on this one?
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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2008, 04:30:03 PM »
hi boris.

take a look at the pictures (if they are any, if not, ask the seller to provide you with some). the plastic keys havve a black keybed. that can be clearly spotted when taking a pricture of the harp from above.
I hope  made myself clear.

edit: check this site to see a picture of a plastic keys' keybed

Greetings

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« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2008, 04:36:12 PM »
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hi boris.

take a look at the pictures (if they are any, if not, ask the seller to provide you with some). the plastic keys havve a black keybed. that can be clearly spotted when taking a pricture of the harp from above.
I hope  made myself clear.

Greetings

Mark II


THANK YOU!
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plastic keys
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2008, 04:59:53 PM »
Are the plastic keys replacable? Is it possible to replace them with old style keys (wooden-plastic)?
Thanks.
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« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2008, 05:07:12 PM »
no.
both keytypes differ too much.
you might want to check the search function, this topic is pretty often discussed. some people dont dislike a good teched plastic keys rhodes too much. But I dont have a clue, as I only played wood keys rhodesv models and have therefore no experience with plastic key models.

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Plastic Keys
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2008, 05:14:14 PM »
Can you tell the difference between MarkII with traditional keys and MarkII with plastic keys just by the way piano looks without looking inside? Is there is any exterier difference?
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« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2008, 05:29:05 PM »
the latest models have a all black name rail, not the aluminium rail with black sticker. but I am not sure if this is a rule: all black namerail = plastic keys.

sorry, I am no help at this point.

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« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2008, 02:04:45 PM »
in 1981 there is no external difference you will have to either see the keys or ask. There is the all black painted rail circa 1982 through 83 that will tell you a late mk2 with plastic keys, however pianos from 1981 are the same. Plastic keys started around 20th wk 81, haven't narrowed the window totally yet.
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How old is my Rhodes...?
« Reply #43 on: March 16, 2008, 08:32:35 AM »
Hi folks - I am from Germany and yesterday I bought a MK1 with the following numbers:

Number on the thin wooden frame top / right : 1879
Number on the thik wooden frame / bottom right : 292










Serial Number : 741734

What´s that about ?

It´s really nice like mine I owned 20 Years earlier.

Olaf