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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2011, 10:39:36 AM »
Excellent! I may actually be able to get one if I sell my other pianos. I seriously had trouble sleeping last night, thinking about what configuration I want :-)

I'm curious. Does the VV piano have all new parts (keys, tines, tone bars, pickups, etc.)? I'd love to know more about what those are like. Can the tone be adjusted by moving the tine & pickup, like a Rhodes?

I'm also really anxious to know what the action is like. I'm concerned that it might be too light, like a Nord Electro, which is too much like an organ action for me. Do we have to wait until NAMM to see photos of the inside and videos of this thing in action? You're killing us.

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2011, 11:37:55 AM »
Excellent! I may actually be able to get one if I sell my other pianos. I seriously had trouble sleeping last night, thinking about what configuration I want :-)

I'm curious. Does the VV piano have all new parts (keys, tines, tone bars, pickups, etc.)? I'd love to know more about what those are like. Can the tone be adjusted by moving the tine & pickup, like a Rhodes?

I'm also really anxious to know what the action is like. I'm concerned that it might be too light, like a Nord Electro, which is too much like an organ action for me. Do we have to wait until NAMM to see photos of the inside and videos of this thing in action? You're killing us.

GWTT - Didn't mean to cause you sleepless nights. I just saw the page was up
and figured you guys would like to know. I guess the answers to your specific
questions will have to wait until after NAMM. Next week is going to seem
like an eternity. Wouldn't it be nice if VV had a live feed from NAMM like Dean
Guitars did last year?

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2011, 12:08:28 PM »
Here is VV's Flickr page for their new EPC. If you look at the second pic down you
can makeout what looks to be a I/O panel on the right underside. Scroll to bottom
to view additional 5 pages.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevibeepc/

Their other Flickr pages

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevibe/

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2011, 07:22:33 PM »
OMG
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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2011, 10:17:06 AM »
I did want to know, as I'm sure others did as well, so thanks for posting it. The "you're killing us" comment was just a playful remark directed at Chris and Fred to get some more information about the new pianos. I am anxious to know more about it, but I can wait. A live feed would be fun, though :-)

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Re: Food for Thought
« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2011, 10:29:48 AM »
Did you guys notice on th models page there is a dead link for a "44"? Are they doing
a bass model also?


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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2011, 05:45:16 AM »
We're thinking of a 44 note super-light... Could be cool, right?

...And we're off! Wish us luck!!!
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2011, 05:05:34 PM »
Good Luck! Sounds very interesting!
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2011, 05:54:24 PM »
Very cool, Fred - especially if you can customize the range of the 44-keys for individual preference. Have fun at NAMM!

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2011, 06:30:11 PM »
Very cool, Fred - especially if you can customize the range of the 44-keys for individual preference. Have fun at NAMM!

If the harp boards are "similar" to the Rhodes then this should be doable.
Specify your desired range then they would cut the appropriate section
from the harp board pattern. Of course the range may be dictated by
by retaining a middle C.

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2011, 06:56:17 PM »
This is all I've ever wanted in a rhodes... sounds good, plays good, light weight, and Brand spanking NEW!!!  Does it get any better?  I'm going with the Red sparkle top 73 passive. Its about all I can afford at the moment and I've gotta have it.

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2011, 06:40:27 AM »
Any footage or sounds surface yet?

I've been scouring the interwebs and googles.. found nothing  :'(

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Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #42 on: January 11, 2011, 11:57:31 AM »
Just realised namm opens Jan 13th

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #43 on: January 12, 2011, 03:57:13 PM »
It looks like the base is an actual Wurlitzer part. too bad I threw out a bunch of those!

I do have a few if you are interested, Chris.
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Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #44 on: January 12, 2011, 04:05:55 PM »
The harp images which were removed from the Flickr feed showed tines and not reeds. It's not going to sound like a Wurlitzer without reeds.


Edit: forgot our own rules here. No RMC discussion. This post edited along with others after it. Let VV worry about any legal issues. We can just gaze in awe of the new EPs.
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #45 on: January 12, 2011, 07:40:37 PM »
Edit: removed RMC references

Maybe those pictures were accidentally added Rhodes harp pictures which is why they were removed....

We should know more after tomorrow.
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #46 on: January 12, 2011, 09:34:52 PM »
Here's what I figure.

Wurly style case to keep the weight down. Possibly light weight composite harp
boards too. Reclaimed or reproduction tines

Edit: removed patent reference.
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Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #47 on: January 13, 2011, 04:05:44 AM »
The harp was recognisable as a Rhodes harp with tonebars and pickups. But the harp was not uniform in shape. The front seemed to slant inward as you moved up in pitch. So they seem to have removed excess weight in a number of places.

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Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #48 on: January 14, 2011, 02:28:17 AM »
Here we go!... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLl4bgAoqcQ
No doubt at all now what it sounds like.

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #49 on: January 14, 2011, 04:47:57 AM »
Cool! Sounds Rhodes-like. Let's hope there will be more vids and sound-samples out soon.
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #50 on: January 14, 2011, 10:05:22 AM »
Well, the sound didn't disappoint. And that guy looked like he was really having a ball playing it. I doubt you'd see anyone enjoying playing a Nord that much. I would still like to see a video of the action, but of course there's no substitute for actually getting your hands on one.

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #51 on: January 14, 2011, 12:12:20 PM »
Some more videos below.. I wasn't messing earlier when I said, based on booth number that they would be within a tines throw of another tine piano vendor!.. but man.. right next door

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvdyGt6iFfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xskpaQlJnFo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8UjXwdd8CA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAut3Sw0EuE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvQDr_T3SA4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYUIlsE1xuU
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #52 on: January 14, 2011, 12:17:03 PM »
Still waiting for some video of the harp raised!.. C'mon lads.. open her up!

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #53 on: January 14, 2011, 01:34:19 PM »
So funny about their location. Maybe that's why the lid stays closed.
Wouldn't you like to be a fly in those booths?

Having done conventions myself (non music related), I appreciate the guys
are letting the pianos speak for themselves. No heavy pressure selling.

Looks like more activity going on in the VV display. 

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #54 on: January 14, 2011, 02:02:04 PM »
Hi gang,

I must say hats off to Vintage Vibe for pulling this through. I have the utmost respect for them to bring this type of piano back to life without any long before roll out teasers.

Thinking about patent issues and trademarks, without having checked the facts, I think that all original Rhodes patents have long run out and they do not use any trademarks resembling anything Rhodes. I even tend to think, from the youtube-clips, that these pianos will have their own sound/character. I realy like what I hear.

I would love to see Wurly-style pianos in the future from VV, but I understand that the whole action and harp is much more complex and expensive to make, but maybe.

Again kudos to VV for all their support of vintage pianos and for the future of electric and electro-mechanic pianos.

If the price is right here in Europe I will definitely buy one.

@Chris: will you attend Musikmesse Frankfurt 2011? Have you found a german/european distributor? Thomann comes to mind?

I wonder if the stated local techs have received a piano yet (Jens?) ;)

Cheers,

Dominik

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #55 on: January 14, 2011, 03:57:11 PM »
Sounds like a rhodes. I would like to hear it without the background noise though.. is there any proper demos up yet?

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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #56 on: January 16, 2011, 02:49:25 PM »
This is unbelieveable. Are you Guys coming to the Musikmesse in Frankfurt? I hope so...
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #57 on: January 16, 2011, 03:50:37 PM »
put me down for one!!!!!!!!! cant wait to try one!!! are you coming to the uk!!!!
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #58 on: January 18, 2011, 12:16:49 AM »
Well, we're back from namm, and what a great experience. We met a lot of artists... CJ Vanston, Brian Auger And Stevie Wonder(!!!!) to name a few, all played our piano! Response was very positive, and we could not have asked for better neighbors. The Hammond guys where awesome, playing our pianos and pointing out all the greats (and even sending them our way)!
  
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Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« Reply #59 on: January 18, 2011, 05:03:33 PM »
That is wicked awesome.  I want a  VVEP, and I ain't ashamed to say it :|

Can we puh-lease look under the hood now?

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Rhodes, Clav, Hammond, Pianet, still waiting for my Wurly.