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Fender Bandmaster and Mark I Restoration

How about this for a dream rig? ? ?

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There goes an amazing pairing from our workshop! We just wrapped up a complete “Rebirth” services restoration on this 1972 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73 and all new tolex and grill cloth on its Fender Bandmaster and 2×12″ extension cabinet. As always we promise that it sounds even better than it looks!

When this Rhodes walked in the door it looked like it could really tell a story from all the wear and tear. The case of the Rhodes came in with unbelievably torn tolex and a botched DIY repair. Someone had previously patched the tolex with new pieces and an unknown glue that gave us a hell of a time to clean up off the wooden cabinet. The lid was cracked and scratched, and cheek blocks had cigarette burns on them, but luckily the key tops were in pretty good shape.

We started the restoration with a complete leveling and regulation of the key bed and upgraded the key pedestal with the “pedestal bump” that was used in later Rhodes production giving it a more dynamic and expressive touch. The difference was night and day with the swampy action that it came in with.

Under the hood we replaced the tone bar grommets and the hammer tips with reproductions produced by Retro Linear. We find their grommets to be the best for bringing the sustain and bark back to the harp. Their cubed hammer tip sets capture the feel and the sound of the early Fender Rhodes era of this Rhodes and we wanted to stay as true to that sound as possible.

The lid and cheek blocks were replaced with a “Black Diamond” fiberglass sparkle top from Vintage Vibe. Up close and especially under stage lighting these lids really pop! This was the icing on the cake.

In addition to the new tolex on the Bandmaster, the speakers were also re-coned and a new rear baffle for the speaker cabinet needed to be cut. This cabinet contains a pair of JBL D120F speakers and they sound terrific!

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FOR SALE: Custom “Sea Foam” Rhodes Stage 73

Here’s another beautiful Custom Rhodes from our Custom Shop! Surfs Up!

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Another Custom Shop Rhodes restoration up for sale! This 1975 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73 was restored with custom Sea Foam Green tolex, cream lid and sustain pedal, and our signature wooden cheek blocks in natural oak. The Rhodes is from early 1975, which is one of our favorite periods of production, and has wonderfully warm bass, smooth mids, and sparkly treble. This period is great for that quintessential Rhodes bark that we all know and love!

As you have come to expect with our custom restorations, this Rhodes sounds even better than it looks! Action and voice have been overhauled featuring new tonebar grommets, pedestal bump action setup, and a complete key bed leveling and regulation. The hammer tips are original vintage cubed tips, and have been replaced or rotated as needed to ensure even tone across the keyboard. The tone bars and harp frame were re-plated in Zinc Chromate for a shiny mint finish under the hood. The piano has “Fender” era wooden harp supports and plastic-wood hybrid hammers.

Another fun note on this piano is that it comes from the crossover period when Fender dropped it’s name from the Rhodes brand. The harp has “Fender Rhodes” logos but all exterior logos are “Rhodes” logos. All the parts were still the same as the “Fender Rhodes” production period for the next several years but the crossover logos are only found for a small window of production in late ’74 through early ’75.

Have a look and a listen to this one-of-a-kind:

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This custom Rhodes can be yours for $4,499. Worldwide shipping is available. Contact Max Brink at (312)476-9528 or max@chicagoelectricpiano.com for ordering information.