Custom Shop: 1971 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 73

Here is the latest Custom Restore Fender Rhodes from the workshop:

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The most recent Fender Rhodes piano to leave out custom shop is this fully restored 1971 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 73. The piano was restored to the original black tolex with silver grill cloth and upgraded to custom walnut cheek blocks capping off the ends of the keys. The tone bars were also re-plated with a thin layer of the original zinc chromate finish which gives this period of Fender Rhodes iridescent zinc finish. Have a look:

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Another upgrade for this Rhodes is that it features a set of four vintage 12″ Utah speakers. (You may have already noticed the metal dust covers). The speakers belonged to the owner of the Rhodes and were re-coned by our friend Mick at J&J Speaker Repair. The metal dust covers that add a hidden flare to the suitcase–and they sound incredible! 

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…And as always we promise that it sounds even better than it looks!

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4 comments

  1. Phil Christensen says:

    Beautiful! I’ve got a nice 1979 flat top 73, but it’s solid state. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for an earlier model, with nice warm tubes. Is this one?
    Thanks, Phil

    • mbrink says:

      All of the Rhodes, with the exception of the first prototypes are solid state. The earliest design had a Fender Twin Reverb amplifier built into it but it was for all practical purposes a prototype.

  2. Neil Rosengard says:

    What a beautiful job it makes me feel proud! The piano originally belonged to my father Ben Arden the band leader at the old Empire Room in Chicago I know he would be proud thank you !

  3. HURRICANE PRODUCTIONS says:

    1869 BEACON STREET AND THE KING ARTHUR MOTEL REMINDS ME OF THE OLD DAYS IN BAHSTON. PACK FAIR AND SQUARE.

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