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Offline Alan Lenhoff

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Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:51:51 PM »
Perhaps Ben Bove is too modest to mention this, but the October issue of Keyboard magazine features an interview with singer, songwriter and keyboard player Kandace Springs in which she mentions that on her latest album, she played a Rhodes customized by Ben's Retro Rentals in Los Angeles.  And a photo with the story shows a beautiful red Rhodes, that clearly has some mods.

So, congrats Ben!  (And can you share what the mods are on her Rhodes?)

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2016, 08:46:30 PM »
The photo of the Rhodes is not yet on the Keyboard website, but I discovered it's the same photo that's at the top of Kandace's home page:

http://www.kandacesprings.com/

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2016, 09:35:08 AM »
Looks like it's this one:

http://retrorentals.net/product/fender-rhodes-dyno-my-piano/

I'm not a big fan of the dyno sound, but it looks really great!! :)
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Offline Alan Lenhoff

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2016, 10:16:54 AM »
Yeah, that sure looks like it. I had interpreted her remarks as suggesting that she had bought a custom Rhodes from Ben.  She must have really liked it if she just rented it -- and liked it enough to give it a shout-out in an interview.  In any event, Keyboard is a great place to get a plug.

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2016, 08:17:44 PM »
Ben, that looks great!

I've never heard of Kandace Springs.......is she famous?

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2016, 08:24:47 PM »
I think she'd be more accurately described as being "on her way up."  She's partly known for being a Prince protegee.

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2016, 08:09:29 AM »
She's in Jazz Times as well with a picture of the RR Rhodes.

http://jazztimes.com/articles/172432-soul-eyes-kandace-springs
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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2016, 12:54:46 PM »
You guys are too nice, thanks.

Kandace has a really, really fantastic voice.  Plus, she can really play too!  She wanted to have the red dyno for the photo shoot, I think the red really worked and probably matched the look they were going for better with the metal stage legs.  It's a standard dyno restored with sparkle red tolex.  However, the actual piano on her album is the gold Rhodes.  I'm thankful that it's been making quite the rounds on LA sessions by word-of-mouth.  It's also the Rhodes featured on Robert Glasper's Black Radio 2 album:

https://youtu.be/kXXHhINXqas?list=RD5C1aR6Cmqd4
(Though with all youtube music, I'd suggest checking it out on iTunes where it's not so compressed.)

I'll have to pick up October Keyboard Mag, thanks Alan!  A couple other guys have played the gold one, thanks to John Beasley :).



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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2016, 04:26:32 PM »
Wow, she's cute, even with the crazy retro hair!

I'll have to check her out.

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2016, 08:05:39 AM »
Ben's Rhodes pianos sound and feel right because he instinctively knows how to set them up. He has intuitive knowledge on the mechanics of Rhodes pianos. Being an excellent pianist he has a great ear and knows what a piano should sound and feel like. Vintage Vibe rely's on Ben and Retro Rentals to set up and maintain our west coast Vintage Vibe pianos. Ben's the man and the only one I trust to set our pianos up.
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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2016, 01:24:35 PM »
Anyone got the footage of Herbie playing the gold Rhodes with pharell? There's a short clip on YouTube but it cuts just before Herbie hits the Rhodes!

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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2016, 02:52:42 PM »
This was at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz's trumpet competition, 2014.  The organization did film the concert, however hasn't made the footage available publicly or for sale as of yet.

And thanks Chris :) the VVEPs are fantastic, the action alone is really dialed in let alone the unique sound.  You guys really got it right.  I should mention that the Vintage Vibe is prominently featured on Robert Glasper and Jill Scott's "Calls" from Black Radio 2.  Excited to have been a part of that album, and to have brought that sound to such a wide audience... at the time of this posting over a million views for this track on youtube alone. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6NjqujEy1o
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Re: Retro Rentals Rhodes in the spotlight
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2016, 04:48:22 AM »
That sounds amazing (nicely smooth and mellow), thanks for sharing :)
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