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Re: 1972 Fender Rhodes Executone (or is it?) I just aquired. Weird.
« Reply #61 on: August 04, 2013, 12:48:19 PM »
That Rhodes sat on the Eugene CL for a long while at $400 with no takers.  No idea where the $25k comes from.

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Re: 1972 Fender Rhodes Executone (or is it?) I just aquired. Weird.
« Reply #62 on: August 05, 2013, 12:17:56 PM »
I do wish there was a market for these pianos at those prices.  It's silly to me in comparison, where a vintage fender guitar can bring in 10s of thousands of dollars, when a Rhodes piano is so much more expensive and harder to make.
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Re: 1972 Fender Rhodes Executone (or is it?) I just aquired. Weird.
« Reply #63 on: August 05, 2013, 01:06:36 PM »
 That's a good point bjammerz. The market for vintage Rhodes isn't where it should be at all. I fully dyno'ed a mint '78 stage including my pre amp and only made 200$ for 40 hour work week. Good Rhodes are not selling well. There is one on ebay that has been fully restored and it just sits there for months. We techs are putting our lives into the craft, we should be doing better. As the world falls into this left wing game of musical chairs, everybody suffers.
 It got to the point where all I was getting was calls for free help so I took my site down. I would gladly help, but people wanted me to rebuild their piano over the phone. Some would even *demand* I bend over backwards. People these days want everything for free. They should open their own business and see what's it's like to really work. It's time for a right wing come back. I don't see it happening.
 On another note, good Rhodes are becoming harder to find. I have not seen a mid 70's Rhodes for sale in my state for a long time. A '72? forget about it. I know I live where the nearest Rhodes is 8 hours away, but the economy is putting a "damper" on everything. The gas costs to travel are outrageous. 

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Re: 1972 Fender Rhodes Executone (or is it?) I just aquired. Weird.
« Reply #64 on: September 12, 2013, 08:14:43 PM »
Had a nice surprise a few days ago:  a client at my studio brought in a killer Rhodes player (and guitarist) to improv for a few hours.  Here are two examples of the Executone in action:

https://soundcloud.com/thegreyzone/rhode-and-plenty

https://soundcloud.com/thegreyzone/waitingfortheloop

Also I'm gradually lowering the price.    :D

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Re: 1972 Fender Rhodes Executone (or is it?) I just aquired. Weird.
« Reply #65 on: September 26, 2013, 10:54:55 AM »
In the video you say you're considering removing the reverb tank.  I would recommend against that.  Disable it if you wish, but leave it intact.  Too rare, too intact, and too unique to be tearing out original equipment.
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Re: 1972 Fender Rhodes Executone (or is it?) I just aquired. Weird.
« Reply #67 on: January 01, 2014, 04:35:15 PM »
Awright, who's going to cough up $25K?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1972-Fender-Rhodes-Executone-1-of-15-or-so-ever-made-Insane-Crazy-Cookies-/290955113247?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43be46b31f

the same piano now is $6,800  http://www.ebay.com/itm/1972-Fender-Rhodes-Executone-Prototype-Vintage-Electric-Piano-Mk-I-Suitcase-73-/161186306397?pt=Keyboards_MIDI&hash=item258773d95d

Best of luck to him.  He was the highest bidder when I had it listed;  I suppose his more detailed listing might bring three times as much money.  He doesn't mention the bad treble pot or missing power cable junction. 

In case you're curious, I picked it up off craigslist for $350.  Put it on ebay for months and got zero bites, even in the low 2 grand range until he contacted me.  I wound up delivering it to him in Seattle for $2,200.  Nice guy with a really nice little store.  I played a Piano Bass for the first time.