Keyboard's Robbie Gennet recently made a return visit to the new Rhodes Piano factory, with the modest intention of replacing one broken hammer tip on his vintage Mark I Stage 73. He got much more than he bargained for, and luckily for us, caught it all on video.
Not to toot our own horn, but we think this is some of the most comprehensive, easy to understand, and fun to watch material we've ever seen on the subject of keeping your vintage Rhodes playing like new.
Robbie and ace Rhodes technician (and Star Search winning keyboardist/vocalist) Jake Simpson cover disassembly, replacing and checking hammer tips, replacing tines and tone resonators, lining up the strike line of the hammers, evening out the damper response, voicing ... just about everything to do with the innards of the Rhodes.
In the final supplement, Rhodes CEO Joe Brandstetter demonstrates how, unlike the brittle Rhodes tines of yesteryear, new Mark 7 tines (which will fit in vintage models) can be bent in half without breaking. -Stephen Fortner, Executive Editor
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