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Offline Alan Lenhoff

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« on: June 23, 2009, 09:05:46 AM »
Check out this ebay listing:

<http://cgi.ebay.com/Rhodes-Stage-Piano-88-From-Stateville-prison_W0QQitemZ140328641108QQcmdZViewItemQQssPageNameZRSS:B:SRCH:US:101>

Someone is trying to sell a Rhodes 88 for megabucks ($2,700 starting price, but with a higher reserve) as a "collector's item."  

This banged-up, legless  Rhodes' claim to fame? It was in Stateville prison near Joliet, Ill, which the seller implies was the prison used in the Blues Brothers movie. "This piano truly has a history and a story unmatched by others in its category," the seller says.

Lest anyone assume this was the Rhodes that Ray Charles played in that movie, the Rhodes is clearly a 1983 model (built three years after the movie was made).  And, by the way, it was the OTHER prison in Joliet, the Joliet Correctional Center, that was used in the movie.

Still, I'm certain this piano is worth whatever premium someone is willing to pay.  ;-)
1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
1968 Hohner Pianet N II
1966 Wurlitzer 140B
1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
1965 UK Vox Continental
1980 Minimoog Model D
1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
1977 Fender Twin Reverb
Vox AC30CC2X amp
(SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

Offline MikeMalone

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 02:57:34 AM »
I thought the same thing when i saw the listing...RIDICULOUS!!!!!!
1976 Rhodes Suitcase 73
1966 Fender BandMaster Blackface
1955 Hammond M3
1966 Wurlitzer 140B
Yamaha Motif 6
Nord Lead 3
Casio CDP-100 (pretty good Rhodes sound!)

Offline bru

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 12:48:34 PM »
I emailed the guy to link him to this page, and got a pretty nasty response  :roll:

Offline andi85

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 01:16:12 PM »
Well... although that's not very nice, it was not exactly a surprise either, huh? ;)
Tuning instruments makes the band sound thin!

Offline billulsund

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 04:33:18 PM »
After reading this I just had to check it out and the listing still implies that it was used in the movie. I was not surprised to see that there is only 4 hours left on the auction and 0 bids. If I had almost $3,000 to spend on a Rhodes I would just spend a little extra and get a new one.
1974 Suitcase 73, 1975 Suitcase 88