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Offline goldphinga

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MKV Keys Vs MK2 Keys
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:22:24 AM »
Been thinking if keys from a MK2 would work in a MKV, are the key dimensions the same or different? Would the pins line up and the pedestals with the hammers? Interested to know! Anyone?

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Re: MKV Keys Vs MK2 Keys
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 07:34:04 AM »
It can be difficult to get keys from the exact same model piano to work in another unit. That said, Mk V keys are an entirely different design, with the center pin relocated. Any other model Rhodes key will not work in a MkV, and as mentioned above, even an exact replacement (MkV, same # key) could be difficult to install and ensure proper function. 
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Re: MKV Keys Vs MK2 Keys
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 08:00:20 AM »
Yes, Fred is right. It cracks me up when people sell used Wurlitzer keys (not just the key tops) on eBay. They sometimes fit, and other times they do not. The tops are interchangeable.

After removing the tops, I have actually used some Wurlitzer keys for kindling because of this!

1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...