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  daniel's progress on consider selling my Fender Rhodes 88-key electric piano on 43 Things
The first major overhaul on this Rhodes was performed by a locally-famous piano tuner named Bill Nye (not to be confused with Bill Nye the Science Guy).
He was meticulous beyond measure and went to the trouble of counterbalancing every one of the 88 keys with keyleads so they were properly balanced and weighted.
A few years later I met who I consider to be one of the premier Rhodes technicians in the world today, David Ell.
www.43things.com /people/progress/daniel?on=4730193   (743 words)

  Rhodes piano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Rhodes piano was invented in the 1940s by Harold Rhodes, and its principles are derived from both the celesta and the electric guitar.
The overall effect was that of a Rhodes piano and an electronic piano being played simultaneously; compared with the new polyphonic synthesizers being marketed at the same time it was far too limited in scope.
The final Rhodes electric piano was the short-lived Mk V in 1984, which is thought to be the perfect Rhodes due to portability, and tweaked design that avoids key/hammer bouncing.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rhodes_piano   (1097 words)

 Electric piano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many models were designed to replace a (heavy) piano on stage, while others were originally conceived for use in school or college piano labs for the simultaneous tuition of several students using headphones.
On Yamaha, Baldwin and Kawai's pianos, the vibration of the strings is converted to an electrical signal by piezoelectric pickups under the bridge.
In particular, the Rhodes piano lends itself to long, sustained "floating" chords in a way which would be impossible on an acoustic instrument, while the Hohner Clavinet has an instantly recognisable vocabulary of percussive riffs and figures which owe less to conventional keyboard styles than to funk rhythm guitar and slap bass.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Electric_piano   (1137 words)

 John Paul Jones' Fender Rhodes
The Fender Rhodes became the classic live piano instrument for Led Zeppelin on the 1971 tour, and would remain in the backline until 1978.
The Rhodes Suitcase was used on the early Led Zeppelin tours from 1971 to 1973, often with a covering showing Jones' famous rune/symbol over the speaker box.
The Rhodes Stage 73 model was used on the 1973 and 1975 tours.
www.geocities.com /jpjkeys/rhodes.html   (546 words)

 Harold Rhodes: 1910-2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
He designed and developed the famous Fender Rhodes piano which became a trademark sound of the late-60s and early-70s in funk, soul, rock and pop music, and was fundamental to the development of jazz-rock and its offshoots in the music of artists like Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
Unlike all other electric pianos of the day, the instrument was responsive to variations in touch on the keyboard, and had a rich, full-bodied sound which lent itself ideally to the fusion experiments of the era.
Rhodes lost the rights to the brand name for a time, but regained them in 1997, and was said to have been investigating the possibility of relaunching his piano in association with other members of his family.
www.jazzhouse.org /gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=978788118   (489 words)

 Rhodes Piano
Like all great instruments, the Rhodes piano was something special from the very moment it was introduced to the world by its inventor and constructor Harold Rhodes.
Rhodes pianos reached the top of their popularity during the seventies, and entered many music genres, from soul to RandB and funky, from pop to jazz.
Rhodes, and we mean the true Rhodes, not some digital replica of it, went back in fashion through the big door.
student.foi.hr /~rlogozar/mbsn1/AnalogSynthsRhodesPiano.html   (1828 words)

 Rhodes piano - Definition, explanation
The Rhodes piano was invented in the 1940s by Harold Rhodes, and its principles are derived from both the celesta and the electric guitar.
The action is similar to that of a conventional piano, but whereas in a conventional piano each key causes felt-covered hammers to strike sets of strings, in a Rhodes piano rubber-tipped hammers strike tuning fork-like constructions to sound the note.
The pianos manufactured after that point were often poorly made; bad tolerances and alignments made them difficult to play, and considerable tweaking, shimming, and adjustment had to be made to a new instrument.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/r/rh/rhodes_piano.php   (726 words)

 Chapter Five: Tuning the Rhodes Piano
Pitch control by this means is not as difficult a task as with a standard piano.
RHODES Pianos are not stretch tuned at the factory.
To ease your work in following this schedule, it is suggested that you mark with a pencil on the Tone Bar Rail the exact place where the basic setting changes and the number of "cents" change dictated by the chart (Figure 5-4, Page 5-6).
www.fenderrhodes.org /rhodes/manual/ch5.html   (1689 words)

 Rhodes Piano
Rhodes Electric Piano is to the world of keyboards what electric guitar is to the world of plucked string instruments.
Like all great instruments, the Rhodes piano was something special from the very moment it was introduced to the world by its inventor and constructor Harold Rhodes.
Rhodes pianos reached the top of their popularity during the seventies, and entered many music genres, from soul to RandB and funky, from pop to jazz.
www.student.foi.hr /~rlogozar/mbsn1/AnalogSynthsRhodesPiano.html   (1828 words)

 Obituary: Harold Rhodes Independent, The (London) - Find Articles
In the middle Twenties Rhodes had been awarded a scholarship to study architecture at the University of South California, but he gave it up in 1929 to support his family in the years of the Depression.
He began to teach piano when he was 19 and evolved a new method that incorporated jazz improvisation into normal classical instruction.
Rhodes continued to work with his Rhodes Method of piano teaching and in 1991 made a teaching video.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20010106/ai_n9663999   (760 words)

 Bill Evans Webpages: Evans and the Fender-Rhodes
That he changed the sound of jazz piano from the mid-fifties on is well documented and inarguable.
The Suitcase Pianos are equipped with a cabinet with a power amp and four speakers and a pre-amp, which is placed above the keyboard, on the namerail.
Though somewhat disparaging sentiments were sometimes expressed about Bill’s choice of the Rhodes, he thought it all to be “kind of fun”, and although it can be occasionally a distraction, none of it takes away from the almost telepathic camaraderie and musical chemistry of the Evans-Gomez duo.
www.billevanswebpages.com /rhodespiece.html   (3029 words)

 Moog Music Forum :: View topic - remaking the rhodes piano/moog?
Rhodes' last great fling at a lightweight piano was the Mark V, and that was still heavy.
Reducing the weight of a Rhodes would result in a poorer sound, unless those weight reductions were limited to the casework.
however being a rhodes player none of the emulations are that good and to the contrary its harder to emulate a rhodes than an analog synth.
www.moogmusic.com /forum/viewtopic.php?t=981&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=   (2012 words)

 Rhodes Pianos Page
Harold Rhodes, the Rhodes electric piano inventor, expressed his deep disappointment with the introduction of the plastic key option models.
There are quotes on Rhodes Super Site saying that every single change was carefully studied before introduced, in order not to compromise the famous Rhodes sound in its crucial aspects.
It’s not that the keys are just heavy like on the classic piano, they tend to be “sticky” and hard to play because of the thick felt used on different (wrong) places in the mechanism.
student.foi.hr /~rlogozar/mbsn1/AnalogSynthsRhodesMarkIversII.html   (5216 words)

 Fender Rhodes Stage Piano Mark I - History and Price Guide
The Rhodes piano was the brainchild of musician Harold Rhodes.
At the 1959 NAMM convention, Rhodes introduced the Piano Bass, which was later enthusiastically embraced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors.
Rhodes pianos were produced in large quantities, and they're still in plentiful supply.
emusician.com /elecinstruments/emusic_fender_rhodes_stage   (1207 words)

Though the release found in the first preset is closer to the sound of a real Rhodes piano, the typical Rhodes found many PCM-based synthesizers have very short release times.
Similar in overall tone to the original "Standard Rhodes" preset provided with the Rhodes for GigaSampler, but many aspects of the programming have been improved including new layer mappings.
In general you should find this, and the other two "new" variations to be smoother, more playable, and truer to the sound of the original piano.
www.purgatorycreek.com /gs-rhodes.html   (387 words)

 Fender / Rhodes™ Electric Pianos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Stage Piano is available in 73-key or 88-key models, although the 88-key version are much rarer.
Suitcase Piano was released in 1965 and was never produced in the quantities of the later Fender Rhodes
cases your piano is fully protected and with built in casters, easier to move then ever.
www.speakeasyvintagemusic.com /fender_rhodes_electric_piano.htm   (629 words)

In the early 40's Harold Rhodes, a serviceman with the Army Air Corps, concerned about the morale of hospital patients, built his first "baby Piano".
It was this unit that attracted the attention of Leo Fender and thus the Fender Rhodes, as we know it today, was born.
The Rhodes was manufactured in two basic models with three different keyboard lengths of 54, 73, and 88 notes respectively.
www.melmusic.com.au /articles/classicrhodes.html   (772 words)

 Fender Rhodes
Since the first Rhodes was produced in the early 60s, the Fender Rhodes has been a natural part in a variety of music styles.
Harold Rhodes was though used doing things his own way, and therefore he decided to build and start up his own factory in order to manufacture his pianos.
In 1965 the Fender Rhodes company is bought by CBS and it is under the ownership of CBS as the first real Rhodes electric piano is about to be manufactured.
hem.passagen.se /daveo/fender_english.htm   (879 words)

 Rhodes MkI Suitcase Piano 73   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Although Harold Rhodes first conceived the Rhodes piano as a practice piano for the U. Army Corps in 1942, it did not see the public until 1959, as the Fender Rhodes Piano Bass.
The Suitcase Piano was introduced soon after, containing an amplifier and speakers in the suitcase section, with the piano set on top.
My Rhodes MK I Suitcase Piano is a 1975 model, and plays exceptionally well.
www.wsmsmusic.com /vintagekeyboards/rhodes.htm   (261 words)

 Gigfiles sampling Piano Steinway Rhodes Wurlitzer Pleyelsampled soundbank for exs-24, giga, Gigasampler, Halion, ...
The latest is with a large theater ambiance and is specifically designed for ballads or new age music.
This is the best French piano, and I personally find it better than the Steinway classical one.
Even played alone, it is a great pleasure to play your favorite pieces on a piano that will never exist.
www.gigfiles.com /keyboards-pianos.asp   (318 words)

 The Super Site - FenderRhodes.com
The piano is currently owned by Steve Hayes at Speakeasy Vintage Music, and he assures me that he isn't just using the Ebay listing as a way of advertising his business.
It was developed by and for Fender Rhodes enthusiasts, as a technical and historical resource for owners and players of vintage Rhodes pianos (1965-1984).
The English translation of "Fender Rhodes: The Piano That Changed the History of Music" was contributed by the author.
www.fenderrhodes.com /home.php   (532 words)

 The funky, funky Rhodes piano
This instrument, of course, is the venerable Rhodes piano.
Anyway, although the sensor strip was originally designed for acoustic pianos, with a little bit of elbow grease and ingenuity you can also put one of these MIDI strips in a Rhodes piano, Yamaha CP-70/80, and a variety of other instruments.
If you take apart your Rhodes (something every Rhodes owner should do), you will see that when you press down on a key, it basically yanks on a weird little strap which causes the hammer to fly up and hit the tine.
www.oceanbeach.com /ches/daves_gear/rhodes.html   (1493 words)

 Piano / Keyboard Links @ the A-N-T-H-I-L-L
Includes contacts for parts and repairs, an HTML version of the 1979 service manual, Rhodes record reviews, and a narrative history of the Rhodes piano.
Private piano lessons and group piano, organ and keyboard instruction for all ages.
Private piano lessons and group piano and keyboard instruction for all ages.
www.angelfire.com /music/anthill/wa/music/other/piano.htm   (1260 words)

 Shopping.com - Find, Compare, and Buy Anything in Seconds
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The Lounge Lizard EP-3 delivers the authentic tone of the original classic Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos while preserving their action and feel...
www.shopping.com /xGS-Rhodes_Piano   (949 words)

 Rhodes Stage piano 73 mkI user reviews and comments @ Synth Site - home of synth reviews
Probably refurbished, the only thing wrong with it was the Rhodes emblem in the rear was cracked and it did not have the original legs.
It's rather sad how the rhodes sound has been preverted over the years with all those horrible FM patches and sample playback devices.
Sure, maybe one patch can get you a mellow rhodes sound, and another can get you a bass sound, but you'll never have the timbral control and dynamics that only a real rhodes can provide.
www.sonicstate.com /synth_reviews/rhodes_73.cfm   (639 words)

Each piano is a unique piece of art enhanced with beveled glass and is backlit with soft amber lights.
Piano Chord Finder-Easily get detailed finger settings for hundreds of piano chords and scales, clearly displayed in the graphical manner familiar from music books.
Sussex Piano Services-Tuning and repairs of pianos, harpsichords and clavichords.
www.harmone.com /resources/instruments/piano.html   (926 words)

Control your MIDI setup from your acoustic piano.
There is a flash presentation showing a scanner strip being added to a Fender Rhodes piano.
This synth shares nones of the Rhodes heritage, the name was simply used by Fender who produced it as they owned the rights to use "Rhodes" at the time.
www.synthzone.com /rhodes.htm   (442 words)

 audioMIDI.com - Scarbee - RSP 73 - Rhodes Stage Piano
The piano sound was captured directly from the harp, bypassing the passive tone control on the front panel, in order to capture the full frequency range of the instrument and minimise unwanted noise.
In order to capture that magical feel of really 'playing' a Rhodes®, we also recorded 'release' samples for each of the 12 velocities, at the exact same level as the corresponding 12 sustain samples.
The "Direct" version, was recorded directly from the Rhodes harp, bypassing the passive tone controls and the "Classic" version, which simulates the output from the front panel socket of the Rhodes, with the "bass boost" knob set at 5 (the middle position).
www.audiomidi.com /RSP-73---Rhodes-Stage-Piano-P5097.aspx   (743 words)

 Any Fender Rhodes fans? - Jazz Bulletin Board
Back in the day, one thing that was really annoying about the Rhodes was that the sound and touch really varied from one to the next.
That's the thing about the electric piano: It was initially devised as a portable substitute for a real piano.
Put that same electric piano with an electric bass, drums and conga playing a laid-back funk rhythm, and nothing can replace it.
forums.allaboutjazz.com /showthread.php?t=14267   (836 words)

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