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Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« on: September 13, 2015, 12:28:21 PM »
Thought the EP Forum community might be interested in checking out our latest custom Rhodes. We refurbished a 1971 Mark I Stage 73 with Tweed and we added a copper Sparkletop from Vintage Vibe to top everything off. It is stunning and the sparkletop looks even better in person!

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http://chicagoelectricpiano.com/custom-shop/tweed-copper-top-rhodes/


The hammer tips and grommets were updated with parts from Retro Linear and this thing really sings! Here's a sound sample:

http://chicagoelectricpiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/tween-71.mp3
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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 01:12:16 PM »
Cool!
Any listen to the clip and think this Rhodes sometimes sounds almost like a Wurli?  (Almost)

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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2015, 06:31:17 AM »
You're right, it does sound a bit like a Wurli.  Any explanation, Max?

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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2015, 10:31:17 AM »
I guess I could see that... Maybe it's because the starting bass note is within the Wurlitzer key range? Maybe we shouldn't play so fast in the sound samples since maybe that makes it sound like the faster decaying notes of the Wurlitzer? The bass notes sound pretty clearly Rhodes to me, though, even when I try to listen to it with fresh ears...


Once you hear a Wurli side by side you can hear the difference immediately. Here are some sound samples of three different Wurlitzer 200A's:

1) Wurli before re-capping amplifier (haven't recorded the post re-cap yet but the other sound samples have them):
http://chicagoelectricpiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Mike-214-DI-BEFORE.mp3

2) Early 80's 200A (re-capped Amp):
http://chicagoelectricpiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Noblesville-200a.mp3

3) 214A with Warneck Research Amplifier
http://chicagoelectricpiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/15-Wurli-thru-twin.mp3


^The Warneck Research amp wins the shootout in my opinion! What do you guys think?
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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2015, 03:40:16 PM »
Once you hear a Wurli side by side you can hear the difference immediately.

Of course.  And I meant it in a positive way because I can appreciate the many different tones and timbres within the wide spectrum of different Rhodes pianos.  I've come to own more than a few and they really are all different.  In the sample you posted, the piano cuts through with a tight sizzle like so many wurlis.  I suppose much of that is the '71 tines?  Are they late Raymacs, or early Torringtons? I've never been too sure when that change came.  I've read different things.  I'm really fond of the early '70s pianos for that very reason. 
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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2015, 03:44:39 PM »
Nice Max!! Thank you for doing the comparison :)



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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2015, 04:22:37 PM »
Sweet job!
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Re: Custom Rhodes: "Tweed Coppertop"
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2015, 02:30:05 AM »
Thank You!
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