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Offline FretsNKeys

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Does This Sound Alright?
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:44:46 AM »
Hey everyone,

I've always loved the rich sound of the rhodes electric piano and I'm thinking of finally getting one.  There's one currently for sale, but I asked the seller if he could first provide an audio sample of it to hear how it sounds.  Since I'm new to these pianos, and I've heard them get criticized quite a bit on youtube videos for not sounding at their optimum, I figured I'd let the more trained ears here give this one a listen and tell me if anything jumps out at you.  Also, it sounds a bit weird at 1:02-1:13, but I'm not sure if it's an effect being used or if the speaker or mic was having issues.  Anyway, here's the link:

modularsamples.com/rhodes.mp3

Thanks a lot!

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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2015, 10:54:18 AM »
Sounds pretty good to me.  You could do a lot worse.
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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 12:02:03 PM »
So Voltergeist,

Does the sound at 1:02-1:13 concern you or does it just sound like there's an effect being used?  Good to know it sounds healthy otherwise!

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2015, 12:08:25 PM »
So Voltergeist,

Does the sound at 1:02-1:13 concern you or does it just sound like there's an effect being used?  Good to know it sounds healthy otherwise!

Sounds like a Leslie emulator.  I didn't hear anything concerning.
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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2015, 12:15:44 PM »
Also, last thing.  Here's the innards, do the tines look to be alright?  There's a couple that don't seem to be as straight as the rest.  Is this something that would need to be corrected and would it be difficult to do?


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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2015, 12:36:37 PM »
This is normal as long as they do not touch their neighbors.
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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2015, 12:39:00 PM »
Beautiful, looks like I'll be a proud owner!  Thanks a lot for all the help guys, really appreciate it.

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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2015, 12:52:32 PM »
well, one last question haha.  When looking at this pic, it appears the keys in the center sag a bit compared to the treble end keys and the bass end keys.  Looking at the tops of all the keys you can see there's a downward curvature towards the center.  Normal?  Troubling?


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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2015, 02:59:20 PM »
I suppose the keys might be unlevel. (If so, Steveo would be a great resource to explain how to properly level them.)

But lots of camera lenses exhibit what's known as barrel distortion, in which straight lines are depicted as bulging outward.  That may be all you're seeing here.  I once bought a Vox Continental whose listing photo made it look like the rail beneath the keys was significantly bowed out. In person, it was fine. 

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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2015, 04:33:32 PM »
Yeah, what he said.

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1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
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1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2015, 02:49:06 AM »
Thanks a lot for all the help everyone.  I think I'm going to hold out for a fender rhodes though.  After reading bout the difference in tone because of the torrington tines and the wooden hammers, I know I'd go crazy if I bought one of the later ones regardless of whether there's any real difference.

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Re: Does This Sound Alright?
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2015, 03:56:36 PM »
Many people on this list solve their "Which Rhodes to buy?" dilemma by buying one (or more) of every Rhodes era. Be careful: It's contagious!

Good luck on your search.

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