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Please help me identify the cause of this sound? Rhodes Mk1 73
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:59:12 PM »
Whats up everyone

I recently bought a 1978 MK1 73 Stage recently. Overall, it's great, but the note of D2 sounds really weird in comparison to the rest of the piano. The note is muddier and fuzzy sounding compared to the rest and also has an overtone much louder than the rest. As you'll hear by the chords at the end, its nothing to do with the way I'm recording cause it sounds great all over besides that note.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DkyB30EaTYy0jFN_B1hZ-yqXuJz_uaZT/view?usp=sharing

Any suggestions as to what it could be would be great, and if its something you could explain how I'd fix it, it would save me driving a couple of hours to my tech.

Cheers

Buster
« Last Edit: December 13, 2018, 05:07:21 PM by SE_RHODES »

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Re: Please help me identify the cause of this sound? Rhodes Mk1 73
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2018, 05:41:35 AM »
Hi .-)

Sounds to me that this note / tine is missing its tuning spring...?

Jenzz

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Re: Please help me identify the cause of this sound? Rhodes Mk1 73
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2018, 02:38:54 PM »
To me it sounds like it is voiced improperly- it is pure overtone, no fundamental.  The tip of the tine is too low in relation to the pickup.

If the note is in tune with the note an octave above it (or very very close) then it is not the spring.

Pop the lid, find the offending note/tine and then back off on the voicing screw (the phillips head furthest from you) that holds the tonebar in place (there are 2 screws) until you get it sounding like the neighboring notes.

If it hits the pickup, loosen the pickup and slide it back a tiny bit.  Again, compare to neighboring notes and adjust until it is even with those.

Good luck!

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Re: Please help me identify the cause of this sound? Rhodes Mk1 73
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 04:25:48 PM »
Hi, I’m agree with the two posts above! to me it sounds like it has a bad voicing and a bad tuning.

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Re: Please help me identify the cause of this sound? Rhodes Mk1 73
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2018, 04:17:17 PM »
Hi, I’m agree with the two posts above! to me it sounds like it has a bad voicing and a bad tuning.
To me it sounds like it is voiced improperly- it is pure overtone, no fundamental.  The tip of the tine is too low in relation to the pickup.

If the note is in tune with the note an octave above it (or very very close) then it is not the spring.

Pop the lid, find the offending note/tine and then back off on the voicing screw (the phillips head furthest from you) that holds the tonebar in place (there are 2 screws) until you get it sounding like the neighboring notes.

If it hits the pickup, loosen the pickup and slide it back a tiny bit.  Again, compare to neighboring notes and adjust until it is even with those.

Good luck!
Hi .-)

Sounds to me that this note / tine is missing its tuning spring...?

Jenzz

Thanks guys, I'll have a look tomorrow morning. It definitely has the tuning spring but I will experiment with adjusting the voicing.

I'll let you know how I get on
« Last Edit: December 30, 2018, 07:49:43 PM by SE_RHODES »