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Custom Rhodes: “Lunar Dark Star”

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:”

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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!

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Stay tuned! –More Custom Rhodes posts coming soon!

Rhodes Mark I Suitcase 88 Restoration Feature

While moving between buildings, we started reposing some of our favorite blog posts during our time at our previous space labeled as *RE-Run* in the title. Through the process, we also came across a collection of photos of a restoration back in Dec 2016 that never made the webpage. I hate to admit it, but we do so many of these “classic” restorations each year that we just haven’t posted enough about them… Here’s a look at a complete “Classic/Rebirth” level of service for a Rhodes Suitcase 88:

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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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