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Offline Tim Hodges

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 09:23:10 AM »
I saw this too...a very nice example too even with the  chipped key.2-3 years ago this thing would have sold the $2399 price easily.  It was relisted at$1999 ,but has been removed from ebay...I supposed someone may have made an offiline deal!  Anyone here snag it?
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1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
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1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 04:18:39 PM »
It's been relisted for a "buy it now"  of $1400 which I think is a steal.  I wonder why these don't move as fast?  Maybe the few of us who had to have one are all satiated. If I buy another one and put it away then sell it in 10 years maybe it could pay for a semester of college for my kid!

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2011, 04:46:12 PM »
I think Piano Basses aren't just selling for a ton and too quickly right now. I've noticed that they really haven't been moving on ebay. Honestly, nothing has. Not like it was a year ago.

That and $1400 for one, even though it's a gold top, is a heck of a lot more than the $300 silvertop I got yesterday. I guess those who'd pay that much already have them.


Maybe it's that the vintage-keys-on-ebay-bubble is going to burst soon.

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2011, 06:48:53 PM »
Just my observation over the last year as a habitual ebay/Craigslist viewer:

Rhodes prices: down moderately
Hammond prices: down sharply
Combo organ prices: down sharply
Wurli prices: Up sharply

Can't say my observations are scientific, but I find it odd that while it seems like a great time to buy most vintage keys now (I've bought three in the past year for VERY low prices), that Wurli prices are far higher.  18 months ago, you'd see all sorts of really nice Wurlis for $800-$1,000.  Now, the prices -- at least the asking prices -- seem roughly twice as high.

I think much of the downward trend is the economy. But I agree with AFeastOfFriends: It's quite possible the bubble is bursting.  This buying is significantly fueled by nostalgia, and the Baby Boomers are getting older.  I wouldn't buy any vintage keys today as an investment.

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 10:48:41 PM »
For key bass, I prefer the tone of the newer Torrington or Schagler tines.  The Raymac tines associated with those goldtops are too "wolfy" for bass.  They're certainly the weak point on my sparkletop and I've done timbre adjustments on Rhodes pianos since 1978.

About the only appeal to me is those gold sparkletop harp covers.
« Last Edit: December 15, 2011, 10:50:40 PM by The Real MC »

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 12:45:02 PM »
the $300 silvertop I got yesterday.

Was that the one list on Kansas City CL for $150 or best offer?

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2011, 01:03:02 PM »
I think its definitely the economy.  This thing now has bids, at 899 with over 2 days left. It'll be interesting to see how it ends.  It's a nice gold bass for sure. "total Doors" spec with the exact rail and hinges Ray's had.  The only real flaws being a hole in the harp cover and a chipped key,but a rare early one nevertheless.  Another thing that could have held back bidders is it's a relatively high dollar item and if irc, the seller only had a 3 feedback.  Hope it all works out and someone gets a nice gold bass.  It's my favorite color and style of all the piano basses.
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1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2011, 02:37:16 PM »
I don't mean to hijack,but I'm happy this week as I just received this a few days ago as used by Manzarek on the Down the Rhodes DVD.

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1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2011, 02:56:38 PM »
Nice!! No worries hijack away, that bass looks superb.
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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2011, 03:00:50 PM »
Thanks alot!  I've been a Doors fan for a long long time so it's nice to have one that RayManzarek actually played on....if only for one day!  ;D
current gear:
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2011, 04:35:04 PM »
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Was that the one list on Kansas City CL for $150 or best offer?

Yep. I actually was set up to go get it for $150, but then he received two offers for $300. Still a nice deal, and a great PBass. Has some damper issues, and there's a soft pickup, but it's very, very nice cosmetically.

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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2011, 07:00:46 PM »
So, looking at the list of instruments you own, I'm thinking that a Vox Continental, the last missing piece of the "Door's Greatest (Keyboard) Hits" can't be far behind...

Alan

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1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
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Re: Fender Rhodes Gold Bass No 27
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2018, 07:13:58 AM »
I know this is old and I'm sorry all, but did anyone save any photos of this piano bass?
current gear:
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord