Things are beginning to settle from our move over to the Treehouse Records building on Cicero Avenue. Here’s a look at one of our most recent customizations heading out to the west coast:
Here’s a glimpse of one of the latest custom Rhodes from our workshop. Some of you may recall our custom “Lunar Rhodes” from a few years ago, mimicking the stylings of the Moog Lunar series aesthetics. We’re calling this one the “Lunar Dark Star:”
This 1973 Fender Rhodes Suitcase was finished with Ivory tolex, same as the Lunar Rhodes but inverted with black stained Walnut Cheek Blocks and a custom black sparkletop. In order to get the best lighting possible for the metal flakes in the lid we had to get this beauty into the sunshine out behind the workshop!
Here is a glimpse of the latest Custom Shop Rhodes from The Chicago Electric Piano Company: Did we finally go over the top with this one?
This one will certainly turn some heads! We dubbed this finish with the nickname “Champagne Cowboy” because of it’s champagne sparkle top and brown western tolex. On top of that we outfitted the piano with walnut cheek blocks.
This Fender Rhodes is from 1973, right in the heart of the early Fender Rhodes production period. We restored the piano with our “Rebirth” level of restoration services, virtually rebuilding the piano from scratch. Throughout the process we leveled the key bed and set the proper black key height, replaced all action felts and aging rubber components such as the grommets and hammer tips. Our goal was to keep the sound of the Rhodes as true to the sound of the 1973 production period by using only period-correct vintage parts and top quality reproduction parts that bring out the early Rhodes’ signature sound.
Here’s the latest from our custom shop: The “Tweed Copper Top” Rhodes. This was a late 1971 Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano that we refinished in tweed with a few other cosmetic customizations. The replacement copper fiberglass lid was contracted through Vintage Vibe in New Jersey with similar construction to the Sparkletop Fender Rhodes of the 1960’s. Once again we finished off the restoration with a pair of satin cheek blocks using oak and giving it a deep honey stain.
The Piano itself is full restored with new rubber tone bar grommets and hammer tips developed by Retro Linear that restored the harp and hammers while maintaining the early 1970’s sound characteristics. The key bed was fully leveled and regulated and plays wonderfully.
This Rhodes has the classic “Return to Forever” sparkle in the treble and deep warm bass characteristic of pianos from the early 1970’s. Have a listen here:
This Rhodes is currently for sale and if you are interested please contact Max Brink at email@example.com for ordering information.