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#2868647 - 07/22/17 08:49 PM My New Rhodes
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New 73 Stage arrived. Had to special order it. This things are never in stock.



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#2868648 - 07/22/17 08:55 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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looks new. laugh

excellent, Bill. What year?
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#2868649 - 07/22/17 09:00 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: davedoerfler]
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2017...at least some of it.

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#2868650 - 07/22/17 09:02 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Originally Posted By: burningbusch
2017...at least some of it.

Busch.


Hmmm ... interested if true !
How much ?

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#2868651 - 07/22/17 09:17 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Al Coda]
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Actually, new tolex and new hardware from Vintage Vibe. It needs a new lid and am debating whether to get a standard black or sparkle (baby blue, red or silver). Sparkle is twice as much, actually a lot of money (~$500). Needs new cheek blocks, then it's going to look pretty damn amazing. The Rhodes itself is 1973. It was David Ell's instrument so he spent a ton of time working through it, but the case was trashed. It has the Harmonic Clarifier active EQ installed (three bands), sounds much better than the Rhodes EQs. When I get those few last parts it's going to look as good as it sounds.

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#2868654 - 07/22/17 09:26 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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ah, David Ell. Knew him from the Rhodes Yahoo forum which he single handily destroyed. I remember he always thought the "Sheep" from Pink Floyd's Animals was the definitive Rhodes sound.
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#2868655 - 07/22/17 09:38 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: davedoerfler]
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I've had him work on a lot of my stuff as well as bought pianos from him. If left to his own, he would go after the Chick Corea, emphasizing harmonics vs. fundamental but he would adjust to your taste. Sometimes he would be too aggressive with the action, trying to get it to be so fast that the piano would choke when it hard. That's probably my biggest complaint, but I always found that he would try accommodate my wishes. I know he spent many, many hours trying to get the notes consistent with the longest possible sustain. It's a ton of work. I know there are other techs out there who I'm sure do a great job, but he was relatively close by and I enjoyed working with him. After the recession hit, business dropped off considerably for him and I don't think he's doing much any more.

Busch.

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#2868680 - 07/23/17 04:53 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Time for some sampling, Busch. wink
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#2876398 - 09/01/17 03:12 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Finished. New cheek blocks and a Candy Apple Red Sparkletop from Vintage Vibe in addition to new tolex and hardware.



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#2876401 - 09/01/17 03:19 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Fantastic. Pure envy. grin Let us hear it when you can!

Btw it's too bad that the Mark 7 never came to fruition. It was a fantastic instrument, probably the best Rhodes I have ever played.

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#2876403 - 09/01/17 03:22 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: marino]
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Btw it's too bad that the Mark 7 never came to fruition. It was a fantastic instrument, probably the best Rhodes I have ever played.


Agreed. I never understood why they took so much flak.
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#2876408 - 09/01/17 03:43 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: zephonic]
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Man! That is beautimus.....bet it sounds as good as it looks

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#2876411 - 09/01/17 03:51 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: zephonic]
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Originally Posted By: marino
Btw it's too bad that the Mark 7 never came to fruition. It was a fantastic instrument, probably the best Rhodes I have ever played.


Agreed. I never understood why they took so much flak.


I do. In 4 words, antics of the owner.
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#2876413 - 09/01/17 03:51 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: area51recording]
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Beautiful!!!!!
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#2876414 - 09/01/17 03:53 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: KeyMoe]
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#2876444 - 09/01/17 05:05 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: linwood]
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Congratulations - that is beautiful!
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#2876454 - 09/01/17 05:43 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: BrandonBruce]
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Envy here too. If it plays and sounds as good as it looks, well then double envy. Enjoy. ~BOB

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#2876469 - 09/01/17 07:30 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Originally Posted By: burningbusch
Finished. New cheek blocks and a Candy Apple Red Sparkletop from Vintage Vibe in addition to new tolex and hardware.



Wow.

Gorgeous.

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#2876474 - 09/01/17 08:31 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Beautiful, indeed.
This is based on a Mark I?
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#2876476 - 09/01/17 08:45 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Yep. That is one nice looking Rhodes. thucool
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#2876479 - 09/01/17 09:13 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: ProfD]
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That looks beautiful. I used to own a 1970 73 suitcase which I bought used, but it did not look nearly that nice, and I sure it was not set up nearly as nice as yours, even when I bought it.

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#2876481 - 09/01/17 09:49 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: harmonizer]
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Damn that's enough to make a bishop kick a hole in stained glass window.


Edited by Dave Weiser (09/01/17 09:49 PM)

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#2876483 - 09/01/17 10:21 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Fantastic looking Rhodes, sparkle red looks awesome.
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#2876486 - 09/01/17 10:49 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: fjzingo]
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#2876487 - 09/01/17 11:08 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Whew. Now let's hear it sing!
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#2876505 - 09/02/17 01:55 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Originally Posted By: burningbusch
Finished. New cheek blocks and a Candy Apple Red Sparkletop from Vintage Vibe in addition to new tolex and hardware.



Busch.


Busch, that's a truly beautiful piece of art. Congrats!

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#2876524 - 09/02/17 05:35 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Originally Posted By: burningbusch
Finished. New cheek blocks and a Candy Apple Red Sparkletop from Vintage Vibe in addition to new tolex and hardware.
Busch.


Wow, what a beautiful instrument !

I really hate I had to sell my mkI and mkII (w/ wooden keys) more than 2 decades ago because where I lived, there were no service parts available anymore .

A.C.

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#2876533 - 09/02/17 06:07 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Al Coda]
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drool

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#2876540 - 09/02/17 06:44 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Dave Weiser]
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Damn that's enough to make a bishop kick a hole in stained glass window.



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#2876542 - 09/02/17 06:47 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: JerryA]
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Busch, that's a truly beautiful piece of art. Congrats!


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#2876546 - 09/02/17 07:01 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Markyboard]
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That top really ties the Rhodes together.

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#2876549 - 09/02/17 07:11 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Kenny Ingram]
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#2876583 - 09/02/17 09:32 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: The Real MC]
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Nice centerfold, Rhodes porn at it's best!!!!!!!
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#2876590 - 09/02/17 10:10 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: rickzjamm]
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#2876772 - 09/03/17 07:17 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Nice!

Vintage Vibe continues to lead the way in this area, and I think that's great!

Love the red sparkle top!
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#2876991 - 09/04/17 08:11 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: ITGITC?]
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Thanks gang.

You know one downside of that beautiful, perfect red sparkletop is that I'm not inclined to put another keyboard on top. In fact I broached the subject with her this morning and got this rather curt response: "I ain't your mule, fool!" So I guess that's settled.

Here's a clip. The tone is purely derived from the harmonic clarifier active EQ. I added a little stereo vibrato and then D-verb reverb which also adds the bit of chorus.

Red Rhodes 1

Busch.

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#2876998 - 09/04/17 09:17 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Beautiful! In sound and appearance drool
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#2877010 - 09/04/17 10:14 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: MorayM]
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That sounds great! I want!!

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#2877135 - 09/05/17 04:27 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: linwood]
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Beautiful look and sound! Congrats
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#2877241 - 09/05/17 12:42 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Al Quinn]
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Wow.
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#2877245 - 09/05/17 01:01 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Congrats! Looks and sounds outstanding!

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#2877258 - 09/05/17 02:07 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Nathanael_I]
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#2877331 - 09/05/17 10:20 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: Tonysounds]
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Beauty!! Now haul it to your gigs in this baby


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#2878538 - 09/12/17 01:33 AM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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That sounds nice.

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#2878714 - 09/12/17 04:08 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: lowerhodes]
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Beautiful instrument and tone! Nice playing as well. Have fun with that gorgeous creature!
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#2878926 - 09/13/17 01:58 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: New&Improv]
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#2878955 - 09/13/17 04:25 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: burningbusch]
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Originally Posted By: burningbusch
Finished. New cheek blocks and a Candy Apple Red Sparkletop from Vintage Vibe in addition to new tolex and hardware.



Busch.


Holly crap, that's gorgeous. OK, I played Rhodes back in the day. We all did.

But these days, the question is -- what's worth schlepping around?

Given the visual appeal of your mod, I'd be in the camp of --- yeah, that's really worth schlepping around. I'd spend the extra ten minutes. And the audience would realize -- hey -- that's something special.

One of the reasons I/m fascinated with the notion of killer piano shells for my APs.

Best of luck with your new toy!
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#2878967 - 09/13/17 05:58 PM Re: My New Rhodes [Re: cphollis]
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Thanks for the comments gang. I tell you that sparkletop from Vintage Vibe is so perfect I'm thinking of adding one to my 1975 Suitcase. With that instrument the tolex is fine but it could stand new hardware and maybe new grill cloth. I'll wait for the next VV sale.

I highly recommend the VV hardware kit ($50 for Stage) if you love your Rhodes and want to update the looks at bit.

A far as gigging, that's going to be a stretch for most. If I was playing in a combo where I'm playing Rhodes maybe 80%+ of the time, then it might make sense. If you're doing more of a jazz/latin thing with maybe a vocalist, a real Rhodes can sound beautiful. The longer sustain fills in the cracks better than digital APs, IMO. Plus you can add FXs for more tonal variety. I gigged with my Mark V for awhile in a situation like that. It sounded fantastic. But if you go through the trouble and expense of new tolex and new everything else, it's kind of obscene to gig with it.

Busch.

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