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Offline 4score

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Help with modding a Rhodes
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:07:49 PM »
I play in a Steely Dan tribute band, and while I would love to be using a vintage 88 Rhodes, that is not practical (I am 5'2 and without roadies).

My next best option is to give the audience the impression that I'm playing the real thing. In reality, I'd be triggering samples in Mainstage from a Yamaha keyboard.

I know it sounds hokey, but can anybody help me on my quest to have the amenities of a modern rig with the look of a vintage Rhodes, but without the bulk?

I don't like the idea of gutting a beautiful piece of musical history, so I could find a Rhodes that's hopelessly beyond repair and use that as a shell. Alternatively, if you could pass along the dimensions of the 88, I could probably build a convincing replica of the case. That would allow a perfectly good Rhodes to find a safe home, which I'm sure we'd all prefer.

I could use your assistance with sourcing parts and any other ideas you are willing to share.

Thanks in advance,
Colin

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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 04:45:35 PM »
I like this idea.  Hope it works out.

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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 08:38:00 PM »
Is there anyone here with an 88 who could tell me the right dimensions for the case?

Much appreciated.

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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 04:03:16 AM »
Hi, I would use the diagrams from shadetreekeys - they show all the correct dimensions / angles for the case.  His pics are for a 73 but the only difference is the width - I'm guessing you'll make the width exactly right for your keyboard anyway, so that's not an issue? http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/search?uq=0922794344241061147024820&scoring=m - note sketchup is free to install.

Then order some tolex, a hardware pack and Rhodes logo (from someone like VintageVibe) and you'll be all set.  I probably wouldn't bother with original legs; they're a hassle and expensive.

I built a new lid for my Rhodes, you can see some pics here: http://spradbery.com/blog

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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013, 07:23:59 AM »
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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2013, 09:33:20 AM »
Peter Hayes has done something like what you're talking about.
http://www.elecedge.com/before%20and%20after%20photos/Keane/keane.html

Wow.  That's cool.  A beautiful example of great craftsmanship.

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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2013, 11:54:06 AM »
Ken Rich also developed a vintage-style case for a digital piano for Lenny Kravitz if I'm not mistaken, and believe there would be a photo on his site.
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Re: Help with modding a Rhodes
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 11:34:29 AM »
I've got a '75 88.  I'll try to remember to measure the case when I get a chance.  Would you be building the cover, too, or just the base?
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