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Offline JanustheManus

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Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« on: August 14, 2017, 07:38:24 PM »
Hello all,
Sorry for posting many topics, I am new to Rhodes ownership.

Some backstory:

The 'culprit' of my keys sticking was the right key bed screw, not the tolex.

I unscrewed both screws, moved the keybed away from the tolex, and playability was normal. I screwed the left keybed screw back in, and the keybed wasn't going to move anywhere. I screwed the right one in, and low and behold: the right side wiggled.

I narrowed it down to the screws. The left side screw seemed original; as it was slightly rusty. The right side screw was newer, and smaller.

Does anyone know where I could find a keybed screw that it the exact same size as the left one?

Thank you!

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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 06:42:37 AM »
The large screws that thread into the aluminum harp support are 1/4-20 x 2" Phillips oval head machine.
The smaller screws that go into the cheek block support are #8-15 x 1-1/2" Phillips oval head wood.
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 05:43:36 PM »
Thank you David!

I think these were the screws I was mentioning:
And #2 on the diagram. That screw.
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 05:46:02 PM »
I could get one from Vintage Vibe, but my screw might be from Vintage Vibe, so I'm not quite sure. (I have no way of verifying that).
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 09:11:07 PM »
The screw in the upper-right corner of that screenshot would be #1 in the diagram. Though they don't list the actual size and I can't figure out what a "Mark II baffle" might be. Regardless, there's only one wood screw of that size that pairs with a finish washer on a Mark II and it's #1 in the diagram.

#2 is the 1/4-20 oval head with a machine thread. Both these screws and the finish washers should be commonly available at the hardware store. You won't be able to find nickel-plated but if you get stainless steel and polish them, they look remarkably similar.

edit I misunderstood the image. That's the 1/4-20 in the upper-right and the Baffle screw is off the screen. I thought I saw a point at the end of the screw.
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 09:13:30 PM »
Thank you David!!
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2017, 09:14:07 PM »
So getting a new 'case screw' wouldn't do the job?
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2017, 09:18:06 PM »
Ah gotcha. I also posted the image in a confusing way. Thank you. I will look around for the 1/4-20 machine thread screw.
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2017, 09:20:50 PM »
So getting a new 'case screw' wouldn't do the job?

The "case screw" is the one that threads into the aluminum harp support. I don't see #1 in that screenshot but really, a #8-15 x 1-1/2" Phillips oval head wood screw would be readily available at a hardware store. I just checked Vintage Vibe's site and I don't think I'm able to find a #1 screw listed.

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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2017, 09:25:34 PM »
Alright. I just remember when screwing the screw in, the nut washer piece(?) started spinning around freely. I'll get back to you on that.

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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2017, 09:25:57 PM »
These screws screw into the metal piece on the bottom of the key frame. I don't think that would be the harp support
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Re: Anyone know of keybed screw for mid '77 stage?
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2017, 09:32:56 PM »
I'm an idiot. It would be the harp support. Well I will look around. Thank you for your time Mr. Aubke
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