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New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« on: December 23, 2010, 11:49:18 AM »
This should give everyone more food for discussion- www.vintagevibeepc.com  



Moderator edit.. renamed thread, made sticky and merged two other related threads into this thread.
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010, 02:28:06 PM »

I hope it has those cool blue hammers.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2010, 10:12:20 PM »
Man, I can't wait!!!! ;D
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 12:22:28 PM »
A newly fabricated electric piano, or a "new" electric piano made from the parts of old pianos?  I wonder what Senor Brandstetter will say...
Rhodes, Clav, Hammond, Pianet, still waiting for my Wurly.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010, 01:47:09 PM »
I just checked here.. http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2011/directory .. and found the following after a search..

VINTAGE VIBE
76 Cobb Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866 USA
(917) 880-9763
www.vintagevibeepc.com
Booth# 5805 (Hall B)

.. So we'll know for sure some time between Jan 13th-15th.

FYI.. Someone else, who shall remain nameless is exhibiting at booth 5807, Hall B. Within a stone's tine's throw!..
You can download an Excel spreadsheet of all exhibitors to see for yourself.

If anyone is planning to attend and can get pictures or possibly audio/video etc during the exhibition, then get in contact with me. This event will no doubt spark a lot of interest among enthusiasts in this forum!
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2011, 08:51:10 PM »
Hi, everyone.

I hope I'm not spoiling the big unveiling, but I just found a picture gallery on flickr under "vintagevibeepc" with a "VV64" piano that looks like a Rhodes/Wurlitzer hybrid.

Let me just say that it looks *awesome*!! It looks like a Wurlitzer body with 64 keys and a Rhodes Stage pedal. It has a pre-amp with 3 knobs (presumably volume, vibrato, and tone?). The finishes are amazing, too. They have silver, red, light blue, and light green (all sparkle top), and a very elegant looking high-gloss black.

I'm not sure if this is all that they're planning to unveil. Maybe they're planning to offer a series of pimped out hybrids. In any case, you will all drool when you see the pics. I can't wait to hear it!

Take a look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevibeepc/5304054787/in/photostream/

Chris, sorry if I'm spoiling the surprise, but I assume it's ok since your gallery is open to the public. Nice job, by the way. I'm sure it will be out of my price range, but maybe I can get a poster of one for my wall like the one I had of a Ferrari when I was 10 years old ;-)
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2011, 09:27:55 PM »
May look like a wurly shape but the key fitting image shows a tonebar harp, single damper strips pickups and more or less the same pedestal blocks. Not sure if the harp is actually using wood. It looks great and will probably also sound great!

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2011, 09:33:54 PM »
I am guessing it is a modern Wurlitzer like piano, not Rhodes like except the pedal design.
It would cause legal hassles if it were a Rhodes clone. If this is so,bravo, Chris. I have always wanted to see this done.

I cant wait to hear what it sounds like.

Also, I am guessing volume, speed and intensity for the knobs....

Where are you seeing interior photos dresdner353????
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2011, 10:06:01 PM »
I'm guessing he saw the Rhodes 54 that was included at the end of the series.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2011, 10:08:57 PM »
are these new?  the photo date says september 2006...
1972 Mark I Stage 73 with Vintage Vibe "Stage Vibe" custom preamp

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2011, 10:15:56 PM »
Just beat me to it SWANG. Maybe a little pre-dating to thwart industry espionage.

Also, the black one has Stage type controls, not Suitcase controls
like the Green, Blue, Silver and Red. I'm digging the green and red the most. Maybe because I'm
still in the Christmas mood.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2011, 09:22:29 AM »
it's a rhodes, but I think as light as possible. they even sawed away the tonebar-wood, used the lighter wurli bottom, and designed a custom cover. (and adjusted a few more things ofcourse)

I'm convinced it sounds 100% rhodes, but (much) less weight.
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2011, 04:10:38 PM »
I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are to present these new pianos. Each one is a custom, hand-made-to-order masterpiece of tone, quality build, and portability. Thanks for looking! Here are some details (as of now)!

   These are tine-based electric pianos, set up with the classic Early Seventies tone.

   Configurations are practically endless. The "base model" piano will look like the black (passive) model pictured, but in a matte finish plastic shell. You will be able to choose from many optional upgrades, including mono or stereo tremolo pre-amps (with built-in power supplies), high gloss solid or sparkle finishes, and 64 or 73 note keyboards.

   The pianos can be ordered with any combination of options, or, the base model may be purchased and upgraded later. Our custom solid wood chassis will be pre-drilled with "delete plates" installed for easy addition of pre-amps and power supplies.

   Best of all, these pianos are light. Less than one pound per note! Our 64 weighs around ten pounds lighter than a Wurlitzer 200A! 

      Thanks again for checking it out, and hope to see you at NAMM 2011!
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2011, 05:10:16 PM »
   These are tine-based electric pianos, set up with the classic Early Seventies tone.

The asymmetrical tuning fork is a closely guarded design, and you guys are no dummies.... which can only mean you invented a new style of tone generator.  Right?

Don't be coy.... what's under the hood?
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2011, 05:45:49 PM »
The pictures I saw showing the harps etc have been removed.. hmm..

I was also surprised to see that the top has a slight curve.. you'd think that a curve would be a no go these days for stacking etc or is it assumed that its stacked on something else or you just don't stack at all :)

The devil will be in the sound and pricing if that is made public. But in fairness, the very best wishes with it and I sincerely hope its a roaring success.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2011, 07:36:17 PM »
I'm ready to buy a couple of these. Great job guys. ;)
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2011, 08:10:34 PM »
I'm seriously going to want one...I just hope my bank account and wife will let me .  Looks like I may have to sell something soon to fund one of these...this will be a must have... The design/cosmetics are killer!
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2011, 08:23:55 PM »
WoW!!  Very intuitive design.  You sold me on looks alone buy then you start talking about early 70's tone and I'm looking around my studio thinking what can I sell. When? Where? How Much?

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2011, 08:28:25 PM »
Any chance we can get a brief description of what the action is like?

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2011, 08:43:10 PM »
Anyone for starting a poll/pool on how much $?

My guess $2500.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2011, 01:44:41 AM »
Based on what I've seen them selling restored Rhodes for on their web site, I'd be surprised if they're under $4K, especially since they're made to order.

So, Fred... When can we see you lighting one of these up on YouTube?  :)
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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2011, 09:11:30 AM »
You make a good point....these are made to order. I'm afraid it'll be a long time before I can get one... I'll have to hit the used market in a few years...or sell my gold sparkle piano bass in addition to the silver... :'(  I'm going to have to live vicariously through some of you guys.
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2011, 04:15:26 PM »
I'm hoping the base level (black one) will be within my reach. If they start at $4k, I might have to pass this round and see whats shakin next year. I could add a lot to my studio with that kinda money.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2011, 05:00:53 PM »
We will certainly have a video soon!

I will have to let Chris handle price queries, but I can say this...


We have our final weight numbers, and...


     The passive base level 64 weighs in at 53lbs.

     The passive base level 73 weighs only 60lbs!

For those of us who opt for the chrome legs, the leg plates will add 1.5 lbs. 
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2011, 11:43:27 PM »
Wow. Is that with the cover on?

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2011, 11:04:10 AM »
Yes.
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2011, 01:39:46 PM »
27.2kg.... amazing!

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« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2011, 03:19:31 PM »
Wow...it weighs just a little more than a piano bass.   This has to be the sweetest ep I"ve ever seen.
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #28 on: January 07, 2011, 04:26:03 PM »
Here it is. $2800 - $3455.

http://www.vintagevibeepc.com/pricing.html

My guess off $2500 wasn't to far off.  Knew they had to be in that range to
compete against the Mark 7. Active 73 w/o midi is $4000.

Can't wait to see NAMM pics and vids.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #29 on: January 07, 2011, 04:47:16 PM »


Only a hundred bucks extra for the awesome sparkle top finishes.  That's great.  How can anybody resist?

Even the green looks so pretty.  It needs the matching green sparkle on the sustain pedal housing.


And $275 for the active preamp is a fair deal. 
I am amused at the offering of the mono-tremolo, only $75 gets you the stereo version. 
(Why no quadraphonic or 5.1 surround?)

This is amazing.  Very cool.