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Started by Tim Hodges, February 15, 2010, 02:35:49 PM
Quote from: "Mark II"looks good.what did you do against the rust ?kind regardsMark II
Quote from: "tjh392"Thanks drcarver!That suitcase just looks superb, when I first saw it about a month ago I wasn't too sure about the crocodile tolex but now I love it! It definitely works.Did you coat the gold paint with a varnish afterwards? I'm impressed at how much you managed to sand down, it looks as if you built the lid and box yourself. T
Quote from: "tjh392"Hi Michael I can honestly say I've never seen some before, I don't think they even manufacture it for Fender (at least not as standard) The only option I could Imagine is getting a local company to chrome it for you, but that would be very expensive. SorryT
Quote from: "The_Cause"Hi T;I have access to a Dremel and was thinking of using it to remove some rust/corrosion on my MKII pickups. Did you just leave the pickups in place? Also which wire brush did you use?Thanks!
Quote from: "tjh392"Quote from: "The_Cause"Hi T;I have access to a Dremel and was thinking of using it to remove some rust/corrosion on my MKII pickups. Did you just leave the pickups in place? Also which wire brush did you use?Thanks! Hi!I took the entire harp off the piano, removed the tonebar rail from the harp and left the pick-up rail in situ to save all the hassle. This was the sort of brush I used:http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/Dremel-532-Stainless-Steel-Brush-End-Shape-%285-Pack%29/95620/Cat/1259?RefID=CJI initially tried this brush:http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2008/RainyDayGarage/TireTote/WireBrushBig.jpgBut then spent most of the day avoiding the stray wire which would come loose and propel itself into me. So avoid it if you can, but if you can't wear some thick clothing (more than a t-shirt) and some goggles! Once I finished cleaning the pickups with the top wire brush they looked perfect. Oh and make sure you've removed any filings left over afterwards, the magnet will hold onto it and you increase the chance of them shorting out when you power it up. So either use some compressed air or go over them with a cloth or brush and make sure nothing is left on them.Hope this helps!T
Quote from: "Spaceduck"that's how the inside of mine looks. Everything's there intact, but there's a lot of cleaning to do. The outside looks great in those 2 pictures. Did you do that yourself?
Quote from: "solyaris"I know the piano have been played mainly in a Rehearsal studio...it was usual in Italy in pop-rock-jazz rehearsal studios in '80s to have a rhodes as (almost) only keyboard in the studio ... and the players wa all sort of people...
Quote from: "solyaris"BTW. could someone give me the lenght of original legs (closed) thanks!I think I ask a lathe turner to build this in a simpler form (no telescopic).
Quote from: "solyaris"* Another problem I now have is a strange static noise ... with a sort of "pick envelope" ...?! ... I fair this is due to the many dead pick-ups ... I saw somewere that damper rail have been grounded ... maybe a compelete grounding wire will help ?
Quote from: "Spaceduck"I grew up playing one of those rehearsal Rhodes in highschool. It was awful how we (myself included) abused that thing. This was in the 80s when all I wanted was a Yamaha DX7 :roll:
Quote from: "Spaceduck"I happen to have my Stage legs and a measuring tape right here. The rear legs are about 27" (68.5cm) including the 1/2" thread at the top. The front leg is slightly longer, about 27.5" (69cm) with the telescoping part pushed in as far as possible (see pic).Back leg is 4 octaves, C# to DFront leg is 4 octaves, C# to D#
Quote from: "Spaceduck"Quote from: "solyaris"* Another problem I now have is a strange static noise ... with a sort of "pick envelope" ...?! ... I fair this is due to the many dead pick-ups ... I saw somewere that damper rail have been grounded ... maybe a compelete grounding wire will help ?I had that problem, too. I tightened the grounding screws at both ends of the black wire & re-soldered the red wire at the jack (on the harp), and that fixed it.
Quote from: "solyaris"* Another problem I now have is a strange static noise ... with a sort of "pick envelope" ...?! ... I fair this is due to the many dead pick-ups ... I saw somewere that damper rail have been grounded ... maybe a compelete grounding wire will help ?* Last but not least, tuning is not so trivial ... I used a guitar electronic tuner and do some regulations moving springs ... it happen that some notes appear slightly out-of-tune and a small spring regulation rebring in tune the note, BUT for certain notes, the tuning is very instable ... probably a bad tine oscillation ? ... I'll investigate.* Probably the vintagetube suggestion to substitute all grommets is right for the correct vibration of tine/tonebar .. I guess I'll do this.giorgio
Quote from: "tjh392"Hi GiorgioJust to clarify is the damper bar grounded?
Quotebest thing to do is to power up the Rhodes listen for the static then touch the damper bar with your hand, if the sound disappears then it's a grounding problem with the bar.
QuoteSecondly about the tine tuning, you'll find that on the extremes of the piano i.e the bass and the treble the tines are quite difficult to tune (even when the grommets are replaced) it just takes a lot of time and patience to get that sorted :-)
Quote from: tjh392 on February 03, 2011, 06:43:46 AMI decided to bring back this thread, I was curious to know how did spaceduck and solyaris get on with their restorations? I'll start adding in mine on Sunday. T
Quote from: ShadetreeKeys on August 19, 2011, 12:33:59 PMHi. Brand new to the forum.I've started restoring an '81 (I think) 73 and hope to continue bringing other neglected pianos back to life.http://www.shadetreekeys.com
Quote from: solyaris on September 22, 2011, 03:56:47 AMVery Well Done Rhodes Info Blog! thanks/giorgio