Author Topic: Upgrade from Stage model to Suitcase preamp with Satellite speakers  (Read 867 times)

Offline pcola_rhodes

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Hello,

Nice to see the forum still active as ever!  I have not posted in a while, but I still check it frequently.  Fortunately, I seem to find many of my questions already answered on previous threads.

I am interested in upgrading my 1980 MK II stage with a MK II suitcase preamp with 1 or 2 satellite speakers.  Although I love my stage with my new '65 Fender Twin Reverb Reissue, I've become nearly obsessed with the "suitcase sound".  The major issue for me is finding the MK II preamp and satellite speakers for sale.  After waiting for months, I finally came across this ebay posting:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rhodes-Janus-1-Amplifier-/290537986937?pt=Keyboards_MIDI&hash=item43a569db79#ht_500wt_1156

Apparently, the speakers and cabinet are not included, but there are 2 amps.  I'm wondering if anyone who has done the same upgrade could tell me if it is worth it to buy 2 amps with no cabinet or speakers.  Also, I wanted to ask if anyone who has upgraded from the passive stage setup to the satellite setup w/active preamp has any other general advice to offer (ie, is it worth it, how many satellite speakers, etc).

Thanks in advance, and it's nice to be able to communicate with people who share the same passion.
1979 MK I Suitcase 73
1980 MK II Stage 73 w/Suitcase Preamp
Janus I Speaker
Fender Twin Reverb Reissue
BOSS CE-5
MXR Phase 90 (R28 modified)

Offline bumpyrhode

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Re: Upgrade from Stage model to Suitcase preamp with Satellite speakers
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 01:18:57 PM »
Here's what appears to be the "Upgrade option preamp" for the Mark II

http://www.guitarcheology.com/rhodesParts/rhodesPreamp.html

Here's the only Janus Satellite cab I've seen listed the past few months

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/msg/2226795849.html

I've seen a few of the suitcase cabs listed, might be a better (easier) route
to go.

 

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Re: Upgrade from Stage model to Suitcase preamp with Satellite speakers
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 05:43:47 AM »
Hi,
I have a pair of Janus 1 amp/speakers for sale.All in very good condition amp,electrics,speakers etc working well
BUT I live in Sydney,Australia!
Home studio use only.I know ....not much help for you in USA, but just letting you and possibly others know.
Regards
musomarc :) 8)