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« on: September 05, 2006, 03:59:30 AM »
I dont know where to post this one. so I hope it's Ok when I reply here:

My Mark II has a strange digit stamped on it: 5080.
So, referring to the first post it was manufactured on the 0th workday of week 50 ? How does that sound. Strange, right ? Even with the 8 on 3rd position. referring to the first post it must be a 0.


So give me a hint.
I could post a picture if it would be helpfull.
Thanks in advance

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2006, 08:47:25 AM »
Mark II, I think It was right on the end of 1980...
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2006, 02:57:38 PM »
i think miguel is right, 50th week of 1980, 52 weeks in a year so right at the end.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2006, 12:22:25 PM »
possibly going to get a 73 stage fender rhodes mark1

seller has told me the the 4-digit number on the top right is

1174

and a serial No. 35040

does that make the year 1974

(and i take it pre-75 does mean a lot tougher wooden keys)

tougher bite???

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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2006, 12:03:04 AM »
hi everybody...
this is my first post. i just had the good fortune of finding myself a fender rhodes mark 1 73 suitcase here in manila. it's a thing of beauty, everything working, just needs bushings tightened and the usual hammer / damper overhaul. had to rebuild the speaker panels (which were crumbling away) and dremel off the crusty stuff on the tine blocks.
my question is - can anyone help me get a clearer idea of the year my piano was produced? i've checked the threads we have in the forums, but i don't even have the information i need because apart from the serial number sticker, the stamped ones are faded or barely legible - both on the pickup rail and tonebar rail.
some facts: it's a fender rhodes mark 1, silver grill cloth on the amp so it's definitely a "fender rhodes", but my harp has a "rhodes" sticker, not fender rhodes. is this a transition unit or was my harp replaced by a previous owner? the rhodes sticker on the harp is a five-digit number - 54056 i think. my hammers are wood / plastic with single dampers and wooden keys (not full skirt caps). support blocks are wood not aluminum, action is stiff, with the felt on the key pedestals, not on the hammers. it has the preamp with three knobs, concentric for bass / treble and for tremolo / vibrato rate / depth.
hope one of you guys can shed some light on this for me. i'd love to know all i can about this baby. thanks and talk to you guys again soon!

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wrong place iguess
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2006, 05:52:38 AM »
hi guys, no one seems to have replied to my first post. i guess i should've started a thread on this topic and not posted in this faq section. i'll repost elsewhere and add some photos as well. thanks!

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weird date...
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2007, 10:45:16 PM »
I always thought the start date was on the pickup rail and the finish date on the tonebar rail, however after reading this thread, it seems its the opposite.

Anyway, on my rhodes stage 73 the pickup rail date code is 3477, and the tonebar rail date code is 3776. Does that mean they're from different pianos?
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2007, 11:21:09 PM »
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Anyway, on my rhodes stage 73 the pickup rail date code is 3477, and the tonebar rail date code is 3776.


pickup rail finished
3477 = 34th week of 1977

entire piano finished
3776 = 37th week of 1977, 6th work day of the week (Saturday)

The codes on your piano sound right to me!
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2007, 11:38:23 PM »
Thanks, sorry about that. Didn't read the description well enough. I missed the part explaining the day of the week number.

Thanks again.
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req for date Rhodes Mark I 73 key w Bass Boost
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2007, 04:11:51 AM »
Great forum.. thanks for being here
I think I may be able to ' Stump the band'
I'm currently selling my Rhodes on Ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=001&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=110078058050&rd=1&rd=1

(hope that's ok) and have been asked the date of it.
according to the markings on mine it doesn't really follow any of the posted formulas for telling the date. I have owned it for over 25 years and bought it off my buddy who was busy having babies (w help wife of course)
I made a You Tube video and can post a picture if it's alright with the mods.

Flv clips is at  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZpjNao8_I8

not sure how to post jpg to question
but the S/N is 755203
stamp says 4894
theres a circle on it says FRR15

This thing hasn't been near a store in all the time I've had it.
My son (drummer) in the video  wasn't even born yet ,
so does anyone know what the deal is?
Nothing has been replaced
pads are felt. ( but still like me):roll:

Thanks for all responses
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2007, 08:05:30 AM »
Might this be 48th week of 1979, 4th day of the work week? I know it's the pickup rail and not the tonebar rail...but still.
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2007, 12:37:05 PM »
Quote from: "multmin"
Might this be 48th week of 1979, 4th day of the work week? I know it's the pickup rail and not the tonebar rail...but still.



I guess I'll unpack it and look for the markings on the tonebar rail..
thanks for reply.
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2007, 06:10:00 PM »
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.

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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2007, 08:14:54 AM »
Hello all,
I've seen a Fender Rhodes with the serialnumber: 2941

Is this one of those 1974-models? In this case that would mean it is produced on:
- week 29
- year 1974
- monday (1)

Is this correct?
thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2007, 09:50:38 AM »
Ja. Als het goed is, is dat een finish date. Inderdaad betekent dit dus dat in week 29 van 1974 op de eerste werkdag van de week de harp gereed was.De piano verliet de fabriek 4 tot 8 weken daarna, dacht ik.

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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2007, 09:56:17 AM »
Ok bedankt voor je snelle reactie, keuken  :wink:
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2007, 09:59:50 AM »
Jij bent anders ook niet de traagste, achtentachtig  :lol:  :lol:

Later !!

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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2007, 04:16:09 PM »
one part says 71, while the other one says 78!



what could this mean?

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« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2007, 03:13:13 PM »
well there are 2 codes on the harp, one in the upper right hand corner stating the start date of production, one in the lower left closest to the front that is the completion date, and the code is a different format incorporating the day of completion, so the last 2 digits are not the year.
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2007, 01:43:18 PM »
Hi all, new to forums so not sure if I'm in the right place!

I've just got a FR Bass 32 with a sparkle top which I've spotted on the site as being manufactured between 1965 and 1969? The date codes however on the harp and pickup rail both point to 1971. It also has all plastic hammers which apparently come later too. Can anyone shed any light? Thanks

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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2007, 08:07:04 PM »
Ok... any help would be appreciated.

I posted this pic of my "new" student model on the other thread but here it is again.

http://bp2.blogger.com/_eobW-9K9pIo/Rpi8cLewRPI/AAAAAAAAANs/Vv1DWa1AbKE/s1600-h/DSC01973.JPG

The serial number is SP 8149.

other markings - pat number 3.285.116

then my best guess at the date stamp 1069 (October 69)

There are also two stamps with numbers in a circle one being 33 and the other being 23.

Handwritten in sharpie or black permanent marker is #63 and on the back  written on the wood is a 70 circled followed by 2" rai (cut off) then another code 05-4-91-01.

Any code breakers?  I will try and get pics.

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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2007, 02:08:36 AM »
It's probably just a bunch of quality control stamps, the only real number of concern is the 1069 which is 10th week of 1969, march.
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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2007, 12:18:53 AM »
Hey everybody, This is the number I found on the tonebar rail of my Rhodes:

0761

I'm not sure what that means. From what I can tell, (based on the three knob configuration), it's a '76. Does that sound right?
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« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2007, 07:27:30 AM »
0761
07-6-1
07th  WEEK OF 1976   1st DAY

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« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2007, 12:43:45 PM »
Thank you.
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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2007, 07:14:31 AM »
I really cant find any numbers in my Mark I Stage 88, please help me out!
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2007, 01:56:06 PM »
OPEN THE BLACK VINYL COVER AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE OF THE PICK UP RAIL.
THERE IS A STAMP WITH DOUBLE DIGITS ( LIKE 44 74 etc).
ALSO ON THE DOWN RIGHT CORNER OF THE PICK UP RAIL THERE MUST BE A NUMBER LIKE 1657 etc.
WRITE ME WHAT YOU SEE AND I WILL TRY TO TELL YOU.

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« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2007, 10:26:32 AM »
After many minutes of searching I found a very little stamp, it says 6 74.
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« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2007, 06:56:38 AM »
YOU RIGHT THEN !
BECAUSE THE MINE IS A 1974 MARK I 88 KEYS AND I HAVE SEEN MANY RHODES PHOTOS FROM THAT YEAR THAT THE STAMPS ON THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER HAVE BEEN FADING SOMEHOW.
I HAD A DIFFICULTY TO SEE THE DATE ON MY RHODES TOO (44 74 ) BUT IF YOU LOOK IT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES YOU WILL SEE IT SAME YOU DID.
I THINK YOURS MADE ON 6TH WEEK OF 1974.
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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2008, 04:33:38 PM »
hello everyone, i bought this Fender Rhodes eighty-eight for $100 a few years ago. I never really used it since I play drums. I took a few pictures and it would be helpful if any of you could help me identify my Rhodes and how much its worth. On the Badge its says model MK88 from what i can make out and the stamp says 01 73 then there is a #2 in a circle below that.Free Image Hosting at Free Image Hosting at Free Image Hosting at