Hit the Rhodes, Jack

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    Not a guitar video, but hope you enjoy. "Gregory is Here" by Horace Silver.

     
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    You don't hear the Rhodes very often now. Kind of a shame in a way
     
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    Your intro makes me think of riders in the storm....:)
     
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    Super nice.
     
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    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    My daughter bought a Rhodes Stage 73 last year and restored it to like-new condition. It's quite a piece of engineering! Unfortunately it weighs half again more than a Fender Twin!
     
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    I did not know that. I dropped a TR on my chest after getting a heel caught on a step while carrying it. That was unpleasant
     
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    I just listened to Manzerek break down that tune last night on y tube
     
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    I used to live in a second story apt in the early seventies. I packed that sucker up and down two flights of stairs going to and from gigs (plus a Fender twin). Never again!
     
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    Ouch!

    You don't see many Stage 88s because they're even heavier. These keyboards are all electro-mechanical, with magnets and pickups like a guitar, so I suppose weight is important to things like sustain. I prefer my Yamaha P120 piano though. It's a lot lighter!
     
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    Not good---lots of horror stories about these. No sound like it though.
     
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    I always figured they wouldn't be heavy but yeah, back in 70s which is the Era I think of for these, electronics were a lot bulkier
     
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    Eighty eight keys in a Rhodes is ridiculous. The "sweet spot" of the instrument is the midrange. The ideal IMHO would be sixty one keys (from C to shiining C) like an organ. So much in manufacturing has to do with marketing concerns.
     
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    That's just it... there are no electronics in one. It's all electro-mechanical. The output is low level like an electric guitar.

    rhodes_action.gif rhodes_inside.jpg
     
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    Im feeling educated here. Thank you

    Now is it just me or do the guts remind anyone else of typewriter keys ? Yes, I'm that old
     
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    I stick to the vst version. Way lighter.
     
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    Yes, It it works on the same principle as an electric guitar but uses tines instead of strings in front of the pickups. A Hammond organ works on this principle too only using rotating discs with notches in them called tonewheels in front of the pickups to produce the sound. both instruments are electro-mechanical. The suitcase model Rhodes was a little better because it had a Peterson preamp in it. The stage model is completely passive. The best sound that I get from mine (discovered after this video was made) is to run it through a Hammond AO-28 preamp and then through a 122 model Leslie speaker.

    Below is a simple diagram of how the Hammond system works.
     

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    Nice to hear the Rhodes, and some Horace Silver too!
    i was working on 'Song For My Father' all of last month myself.
     
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    The Rhodes is my favorite electric piano. I've owned two of them over my lifetime. This one I owned from the mid 70's to early 80's. I regrettably sold it after I got married the first time. We lived in a small apartment and just didn't have the room.

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    And then this one, which I owned for just a year, a little while back.

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    It is just too heavy for me these days, and they require a bit of maintenance. So for now, I use this Roland, which does a fair estimation of a Rhodes. It's become my main keyboard, and it only weighs like 25 pounds.

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    Loved the video, by the way. The ultimate electric keyboard sound. I'll never tire of it.