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NAMM 07: New Rhodes confirmed (apparently)


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This is from a member of a Rhodes group I check into occasionally, which made me pause:

 

So after all the rumor mongering it actually appears that the new

Rhodes Electric Pianos are at last to be launched at NAMM '07. Here's

confirmation from Jim Williams the electronics genius who also

designed the modded circuitry for Stevie Wonders clavinet.

 

Posted on the psw forums...... .

 

"I'll be floating between the Basson Sound booth and the Rhodes piano

booth both in the entrance area of hall B. Stop by and check out the

Basson amps and the new Rhodes electric pianos, which I designed the

electronics. There will be a tribute to Rhodes concert there which

will have Patrice Rushin, George Duck and Jeff Lorber all jamming away!

 

Don't miss it!

 

Jim Williams

Audio Upgrades"

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Patrice Rushin (Rushen) too...

 

Is this all a joke?

 

The Rhodes was once booked for floor space at NAMM2001 IIRC.. even Keyboard confirmed it.. so lets not hold our breath on this one.

 

If it is true, it will be interesting to see if people prefer the new ones over the old ones, I'd imagine the price will be pretty hefty...

 

I have my MkII here in front of me, while I dislike the action a great deal I don't think I'll be upgrading anytime soon.

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One question: What is the weight?

If it is not a lot lighter I'll just continue to use old models.

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  • 3 weeks later...
Originally posted by daviel:

Great! B3+2 leslie 122s; Yamaha upright, new Rhodes, bobtail truck and forklift and I'm all set!

:D

 

The new Hammond B3 plus Leslie looks and sounds great. Paired with the new Rhodes and an Electro for clav, that would be an awesome set-up.

 

It would be the perfect rig for ressurrecting funk too. ;)

 

Still, you would need the aforementioned accessories to tote it all around. :cool:

PD

 

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Originally posted by Jazz+:

One question: What is the weight?

If it is not a lot lighter I'll just continue to use old models.

The Mark V is 100 lbs but remember that's in it's own case. When you put an 88 digital stage piano in a hard case, it's going to be in that range, possibly more.

 

For me, MIDI will be the big thing. I had the Mark V set up a few weeks back and man did it sound and play nice. I'd like to be able to play mainly Rhodes but be able to trigger other sounds when necessary, from a single keyboard. The Mark V is quite compact--no wheels on the end.

 

Busch.

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Originally posted by Jazz+:

 

One question: What is the weight?

If it is not a lot lighter I'll just continue to use old models.

What if, instead of plywood with Tolex covering, it's made of the same high-impact plastic that they use to make the JBL EON and Mackie SRM450?

 

How much weight would that save?

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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Originally posted by Is There Gas in the Car?:

Originally posted by Jazz+:

 

One question: What is the weight?

If it is not a lot lighter I'll just continue to use old models.

What if, instead of plywood with Tolex covering, it's made of the same high-impact plastic that they use to make the JBL EON and Mackie SRM450?

 

How much weight would that save?

You mean like this??? :idea:

 

http://www.vintagebua.no/php/image.php?table=pictures&id=235&size=large

 

Any maybe they could use aluminum when possible, in stead of steel.

 

About 100 lbs total weight, but again that includes the case. Wood-based keys still.

 

The stand on the Mark V is fantastic. Setup/tear down is about 5 seconds. Very light and very sturdy.

 

Busch.

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According the their website:

 

NEW 2007 Rhodes Mark 7

9 new models featuring state-of-art-design and Mark 7 technology

Three different sizes: 88-, 73-, and 61-key sizes in passive, active, and active MIDI configurations

Lighter overall weight

State-of-the-art design

Mark 7 technology

Modular format

Passive-to-active capability with MIDI

Pre-amp with hi-performance 3-band equalizer

Tremolo and pitch bend

LCD screen

Dual-panel USB ports

Custom Anvil cases

Light, transportable, hi-performance neodymium speaker systems

New stand design

New pedal design

Safety locking system

Headphone capability

Lighter overall weight

Durable custom and soft-touch finishes

Bill Zerbe

Albuquerque, NM

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Originally posted by Steve LeBlanc:

Mark 7 technology? what's that? new rhodes samples?

:D

 

And what about this "Passive-to-active capability with MIDI"?

 

How's that going to work?

 

One-way only, I imagine. You hit a key, it generates MIDI information. Of course, I doubt you'll be able to feed it MIDI stuff and expect it to play a note.

 

From the back of the room a voice is heard desperately crying out... "Tom, you're freakin' brilliant." :rolleyes:

 

;)

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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