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I'd like to get a new spare set of octave strip dampers for my Rhodes but it seems nobody makes the modular strips. VV make single dampers but not octave strips, so only the earlier pianos are catered for leaving those of us with later pianos stuck with using used damper strips if our dampers are shot.

If someone at VV is reading this, are you intending to make the octave strips? There'd be a lot of people wanting them i think. I know Speakeasy made them for a while, but not sure if they were any good and they no longer list them on their shop.

Thanks y'all!  8)


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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2014, 02:04:17 PM »
Vintage Vibe replied on me September 23th :

"Hi,
 
 Yes, we are going to be making some, but if you need them right away best get them used. It will be 2-3 months before we have them.
 
 Best, Chris"

September 23th + 3 months is ... NOW ;-)

I also had mail from Speakeasy saying they don't have them :-(


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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2014, 02:19:57 PM »
I thought Speakeasy went out of business??
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2014, 03:20:07 PM »
Ok this is good news, lets hope this timeframe is correct!!

PS re Speakeasy, i think they are still in business but unfortunately their founder passed away not too long ago.

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2014, 06:06:18 PM »
I do have a set of Speakeasy dampers (no felts - for a 73) as well as some used (but usable) octave dampers if you need them.
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 03:12:13 AM »
So, any news on this? Strangely one of the most important parts for Rhodes that still aren't available. Last we heard was they were arriving in December 2013 but still nothing yet...

Any update on this VV?

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 06:04:29 AM »
VV is too busy building their own piano's I guess...

Me too want those dampers so badly.
Our UK supplier, electrickeys.co.uk, listed them as "to come" so I'm keeping the dream alive ! :-D

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 06:36:24 AM »
Again.....
I do have a set of Speakeasy dampers (no felts - for a 73) as well as some used (but usable) octave dampers if you need them.
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2014, 12:45:17 PM »
Thanks Peter, sorry i wasnt ignoring you, just i heard the Speakeasy damper strips werent made of the correct material...and also do they have the profiled edges like the single VV new dampers?

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2014, 01:51:16 PM »
No worries. They do not have the profiled edges. They are considerably heftier than the stock damper arms. 

I do have some original dampers as well if you need 'em.
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2014, 05:40:47 PM »
Vintage Vibe will be offering damper combs for late model MkI - MkII pianos. They will be made of the same material as the damper arms found in VVEPs and will also feature the same profiled edges to eliminate excessive flex upon heavy blows. I estimate a lead time of another two months or so before they become available.
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2014, 02:51:11 PM »
yes! this is the news ive been waiting for. one quick question, what era are the damper combs modelled on? the early dampers had good stopping power BUT they caused a heavier touch as the spring part of the damper arm was much shorter than say on a mkv...i think we all want light/sensitive touch with tough stopping power. thats the holy grail surely? can you tell us anymore about the design Fred? thanks

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2014, 04:41:58 PM »
"light/sensitive touch with tough stopping power" is definitely what we are going for. We are happy with the feel and response of our current dampers, so the combs are modeled after those found in the VVEP (which are the same damper arms as those offered as early Mk 1 replacements).
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2014, 07:58:23 AM »
March 18th + 2 months = ...  NOW ! :-)))

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2014, 06:00:13 PM »
Any updates on this?

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2014, 08:48:20 AM »
Chris is on vacation. When he returns, I'll see if he has any update...
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2014, 12:15:45 PM »
Only update I noticed is that the VV remake single damper arms are obsolete too ....

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2014, 05:51:47 AM »
I'll be stocking the single dampers soon and I'm reliably informed that the damper strips are in production at the moment.

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2014, 11:07:42 AM »
Hi Christian,

That's great news about the single damper arms, I'll keep an eye on your website! I'd love to replace the damper arms and bridle straps on my 88.

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2014, 01:55:59 PM »
What's the feel like on pianos using the vv dampers? Are they good for a light touch with good stopping power or are they heavier feeling? Anyone used them in an old Rhodes?

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2014, 05:28:16 AM »
The new damper arms are now in stock Julian  :)

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2014, 06:45:50 AM »
Does this mean the octave strips are around the corner? Hope so. So many Rhodes actions could be made lighter with new dampers installed. For example- the mkv style dampers make for a much lighter action...Hope the VV ones are based on these. Cheers Christian for the update.

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2014, 02:29:24 PM »
Update bump please!!


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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2014, 11:47:25 PM »
I ordered the single damper arms and drilled new holes.
Didn't want to wait forever ...

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2014, 12:20:56 PM »
Bump!!

Still find it strange that one of the most important replacement parts for Rhodes is still not being produced. Any update? Surely if the single arms are already produced it's not a massive jump in manufacture to make the strips?

Update pls!

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2014, 12:44:31 PM »
I never received an update on eta of late model dampers. I would call VV directly and ask.
Not always, but usually you can restore tension to later damper arms by removing them from the piano and reverse bending each individual damper arm of the comb around a quart size paint can. That is, bend them in the direction that would take them upwards from the keys when in the piano (I usually wrap them around the can from the fastening point of the comb to the base of the bridle strap punch).  Once the combs are installed and before replacing the damper bar, carefully adjust the individual arms to a consistent height to ensure proper damper timing.   
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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2015, 02:40:53 PM »
Let's give this a 2015 kick :-)

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2015, 02:05:56 PM »
yes indeed!!  ::)

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Re: Is anybody making new octave damper strips for post '75 Rhodes'? VV?
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2016, 10:20:07 AM »
Noticing this thread started in 2014 and continued onto 2015, its now 2016 almost 2017 and still no comb dampers from VV (i dont think its going to happen at this point). Im just purchased my first fender rhodes a few weeks ago, Its a mk1 from 1977. Decent condition, just needed some cleaning and a few things here and there. Almost got it were it needs to be, just ordered full refrub kit, and back check kit, and a few cosmetic parts from VV. My dampers are good for the most part, but being from 77 it would be nice to go ahead and replace them all. There are only a few that are slightly problematic but they are in the extreme treble and extreme base areas (problems being they just arent as stiff as the rest). im going to try to bend them up a little to get by. In the future i might just order all the individual damper arms and drill holes in damper holder(not sure what its called) then bolt them all on. Any tips or ideas? is this a bad idea?