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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2011, 06:17:45 AM »
The more and more I see these funky tolex finishes, the more I want to do something like that myself! They really give the piano a different character while still keeping its classy appearance.

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« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2011, 07:07:32 AM »
I will soon "upholster" another rhodes, Mark II 1981 88 with Suitcasepreamp. I will use felt. Nearly like the guy, who upholster his rhodes with ozite, you can google it :)

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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2011, 03:15:15 PM »
getting started...

here are a few (bad) pictures. I will finish the piano hopefully in the weekend.

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« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2011, 03:40:17 PM »
Not a fan of upholster covering.  It turns into rat fuzz.

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« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2011, 12:33:59 PM »
Hi. 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.

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« Reply #35 on: September 21, 2011, 09:45:17 AM »
Heres my first restoration, a rust filled 54
http://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=5933.0

and heres the one im working on atm, a mark1 73
http://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=6337.0

next is a wurly 206 chop :)
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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #36 on: September 22, 2011, 03:56:47 AM »
Hi. 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.

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Very Well Done Rhodes Info Blog!
thanks/giorgio

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« Reply #37 on: September 23, 2011, 04:52:51 PM »
Very Well Done Rhodes Info Blog!
thanks/giorgio

Thank you.
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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #38 on: September 26, 2011, 06:31:34 PM »
This is a restoration I'm doing for a customer:

It seemed the owner before them had removed the tolex and re-covered it using some sort of paper thin covering. They then superglued it to the case making it absolutely impossible to get off via normal methods:



After a good bash with the hot air gun and the belt sander it started to come out like this:



Now it looks like this:





Just waiting on the metal platers to bring back the tonebars, tines, flanges, preamp case (satellite stage) for the next step to begin.

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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2011, 08:35:36 AM »
Not a rhodes, but just got given this hammond l100 tonewheel organ, sounds great but the finish was a little worse for wear. So finished it off in red, cant see it in the pics but the grain shows through and looks great.



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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2011, 01:20:47 PM »
Reminds me of this C3.



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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #41 on: December 13, 2011, 09:39:30 PM »
Hey all!

I've been away from the forum for a while, since I finished up (mostly) with my '77 Stage 73. But a couple of weeks ago I picked up a '74 Suitcase 73 off Craigslist. The case is pretty beat up, but under the hood it's in surprisingly good shape. The hammer tips have been replaced at least once, but I think the tines are original. They don't look like they've been cut with hand tools, and even better, they don't wobble a bit :D. The damper felts are all bent up, and of course the grommets are squashed paper thin, but none of the metal is corroded.

The 4-pin cable had broken connections on the amp end, and was just a mess of old solder. I had to try it out using the 1/4" jacks. This meant I couldn't try out the preamp, but the fellow mentioned in his CL ad that the vibrato didn't work. I got it home and soldered the broken connections, and sure enough, the vibrato didn't work. I found several threads here that were similar to my situation, but none exactly matched my symptoms.
When I switch the vibrato on with the intensity all the way down, nothing happens. When I turn the intensity up, the volume falls off to nothing. I opened the housing and can see no light from under the little hoods, whether the vibrato is on or off. I ordered new lamps and took the unit to an amp repair shop today. They'll change the lamps and evaluate it for a cap job, and anything else it might need. I chatted with the owner for a bit, and though he's never worked on any Rhodes gear, he's more than familiar with early '70's Fender electronics. I think he'll get it up and running, no problem.

I've also ordered a grommet kit, damper felts and an amp-end connector from VV. Until they get here I'll clean what I can and tweak the few balance rail pins that are slightly askew.
I'm going to go all out with this piano. The next big purchase will be new tolex and hardware, and eventually I'm going to have the keys recapped. The white keys, anyway. The harp cover has a few scratches, but I'm going to leave it alone, unless I decide on a color scheme other than black and black.
I'm on the fence about the hammer tips. I changed them on my Stage, and although they were deeply grooved and really needed it, I didn't like the change in timbre. The new ones were too soft, and it was really tough to smooth out the transitions in tip hardness.

So that's the news for now. I've just posted a couple of pics, since everyone knows what a beat-up Rhodes looks like.
It's good to be hanging around here again. I really didn't need to bring another Rhodes home, but I just had the itch to tinker.  And it seems like Suitcase pianos are harder to come by, so it would just be foolish not to pick it up ;D
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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #42 on: December 15, 2011, 01:25:34 PM »
I can almost guarantee that when you replace the bulbs the vibrato will be up and running.  No lights at all from the 2 "hoods" in the preamp means almost definitely they're blown.

The intensity knob only mixes in standard non-vibrato signal.  So with the intensity all the way up, you'll have no signal.  With the intensity all the way to 0, you will hear a good amount of straight signal that is supposed to accompany the panning channels.
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Re: Restoration Thread - Show us Pics of your work!
« Reply #43 on: December 18, 2011, 10:18:07 AM »
Right on, good to have my suspicions confirmed. It'll probably be another week until I hear from the shop. What do you think the odds are that it'll need a cap job? The rest of the preamp works, although with the bad grommets I couldn't really tell if it could/should sound better. (Well, I always think it could sound better ;) ...)
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Sorry for the massive pictures...
« Reply #45 on: June 01, 2012, 06:50:46 AM »
Here's another restoration I'm in the middle of:

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« Reply #46 on: June 01, 2012, 11:02:31 AM »
Fantastic work!
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« Reply #47 on: June 01, 2012, 11:23:25 AM »
Thanks Ben! :)
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« Reply #48 on: August 08, 2012, 11:56:27 AM »
I have a 1977 Suitcase 73 that I've just finished restoring...or at least to 95% of new.  Here are some pics of the bottom.  B4 and after.  All new vinyl and grill cloth.  The electronics brought up to full working order, I redid the speaker mounting so that if you blew a speaker on the front baffle, you wouldn't have to worry about having to take the grill cloth off if the bolt stripped out of the baffle board.
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« Reply #49 on: August 08, 2012, 03:24:10 PM »
Superb work Rhodesman, it looks new!!
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« Reply #50 on: August 08, 2012, 07:38:25 PM »
Superb work Rhodesman, it looks new!!
Thank you.  I hope to post some pics of the top soon.

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« Reply #51 on: August 09, 2012, 03:39:04 PM »
Here are some before and after pics of the keyboard section.  1977 Suitcase 73

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« Reply #52 on: August 09, 2012, 04:54:15 PM »
Hi,
Great work on the Suitcase rhodes.
Can you show me a pic of the bottom keyboard part and how it fits/sits onto the base amp/speaker?
I've always wondered how they fit or lock in place.A friend has one and the sustain pedal dosen't seem to lock into the top and I've suggested to him it needs realigning with the two sections.
Keep on Rhodes :)

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« Reply #53 on: August 10, 2012, 03:13:31 AM »
Hi,
Great work on the Suitcase rhodes.
Can you show me a pic of the bottom keyboard part and how it fits/sits onto the base amp/speaker?
I've always wondered how they fit or lock in place.A friend has one and the sustain pedal dosen't seem to lock into the top and I've suggested to him it needs realigning with the two sections.
Keep on Rhodes :)

On the top of the suitcase amp there are 2 small cups which match up to two glides on the underside of the piano.
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« Reply #54 on: January 12, 2013, 12:40:07 PM »
Greetings,

Before I start, I just wanted to state that I have great respect for this forum and the people who have contributed to it's wealth of information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I can only imagine how many of these instruments have been saved because of this site. This is my first post, so I hope I am placing this in the right area.

I am currently trying to bring back to life what I believe is a 1978 Mark I suitcase 73 (1083 stamped on board with tines) . It was sold to me as a parts unit, but most everything is here and in what I would consider pretty good shape. Oh, yeah, that amp didn't make any sound on power up, and the preamp is missing the 5 pin connector entirely and of course the 5pin cable is mia. Opening up the preamp revealed a radiosh*** metal screw driver, penny, and odd piece of metal wire floating around inside. I have heard of many revisions of the preamp, but I don't believe these items were part of the overall plan. The power amp had a very tarnished headphone jack. I cleaned up the headphone jack and its contacts with some inox and I was suddenly able to get sound from the aux inputs!  One channel is nice and clear and the other channel is distorted. I ,of course, played it to death with the distorted sound until I was finally craving a clean sound. This is where my questions come in.
I am seeking information on what type of non polarized capacitors people are using for the audio amps mainly the 1uf (c2) and 5uf (c1) and some good suggestions on where they can be purchased, possibly, reasonably priced.
My next question is where can I find a 5pin receptical for the preamp. I see the cords everywhere in the $60 range, but never the receptical.
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« Reply #55 on: April 03, 2013, 02:01:24 PM »

There is my restoration work on 1976 MKI . There is still some work on the hardwear. Some corners and legs, but the most important thing is that I already have sound. And it's pretty good.
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« Reply #56 on: April 04, 2013, 05:19:43 AM »
some more:

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« Reply #57 on: April 04, 2013, 05:21:51 AM »
and some more :)

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« Reply #58 on: April 04, 2013, 05:27:46 AM »
the final look of my corner  ;)

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« Reply #59 on: April 04, 2013, 09:49:31 AM »
Great Work Y'all!

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