Author archive for Max Brink

  • May262015

    Clavinet Schematic Updated

    Clavinet E7 and D6 Wiring Translated by The Chicago Electric Piano Company Over the years we grew tired of attempting to…

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  • May222015

    Custom Shop: 1971 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 73

    Here is the latest Custom Restore Fender Rhodes from the workshop: The most recent Fender Rhodes piano to leave our…

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  • May212015

    Custom Shop: 106P Restoration Comparison

    We recently finished a restoration on another pair of Wurlitzer 106P pianos for Jeff Tweedy. Each one of the three…

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  • May192015

    Understanding the Clavinet Tone Controls

    The Clavinet Tone Control and Pickup Settings How do the Clavinet Controls Work? Players are often confused about the controls of…

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  • Jan192015

    Live from #CEPCo: Spare Parts “Loose Cannon”

    Live from The Chicago Electric Piano Company: Spare Parts “Loose Cannon.” Spare Parts dropped back by the warehouse studio to…

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  • Dec162014

    Wurlitzer 214A Classroom Pianos for Sale

    You don’t see too many classrooms like this one anymore! Here’s a classroom of Wurlitzer 214A pianos, their flagship classroom…

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  • Dec012014

    Custom Shop: Tweed Rhodes Suitcase

    Many people were so blown away from our Tweed Two Tone Rhodes earlier this year that we were quickly contacted to tweed…

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  • Nov112014

    Custom Shop: The Navy Blue Rhodes Suitcase

    Here’s a look at the latest Rhodes from our Custom Shop: The a Navy and Tan Suitcase from 1976. The…

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  • Sep282014

    Tweedy “Low Key” (Official Video)

    Tweedy just released their latest music video for “Low Key” Directed by Nick Offerman featuring Jon Hodgeman, Mavis Staples, Conan…

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  • Aug122014

    Kesha’s Custom Wurlitzer 200

    Here’s a look at the latest from our custom shop: Kesha’s Custom Psychedelic Wurlitzer 200. This Wurlitzer has been fully…

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  • Jul172014

    Live From CEPCo: Spare Parts “Watch Your Step”

    More live jazz funk from Spare Parts! This time they were joined by Steve Eisen on flute, Rich Stitzel on…

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  • Jul022014

    Custom Shop: The Ivory Fender Rhodes Piano Bass

    It doesn’t get much cooler than a Rhodes Piano bass!   Here’s the latest custom built Rhodes in our inventory:…

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  • May262014

    Custom Shop: The Tweed Two-Tone Rhodes Suitcase

    Here’s the latest from our custom shop: The Tweed Two-Tone Rhodes Suitcase. —And another emergence of our signature wooden cheek…

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  • Apr222014

    Live From CEPCo: Spare Parts “The Mad Scientist”

    Last month Chicago native fusion trio Spare Parts dropped back to our warehouse to brew up some more of their…

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  • Jan272014

    Custom Shop: The Orange Rhodes

    Here’s the latest Rhodes to leave our Custom Shop: The Orange Mark II. This Rhodes was inspired by the orange…

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  • Dec142013

    Vibrating Parts: Geeking Out on the Rhodes Piano

    Last month our friends at Reverb.com stopped by the warehouse to talk about Harold Rhodes and the piano that he invented.…

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  • Aug272013

    Custom Shop: The Lunar Rhodes

    Here’s the latest from our Custom Shop: The Lunar Rhodes. Inspired by the white washed look of his Moog Voyager…

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  • Aug102013

    Custom Shop: The Wurlitzer 106P

    Check out this little orange beauty from the Wilco Loft! This is the 44 note Wurlitzer 106P Student Piano. Have…

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  • Jun022013

    Live From The Chicago Electric Piano Co.: Spare Parts

    Friends of the workshop Spare Parts, a Chicago rooted fusion trio, stopped by to film a live performance in the…

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  • May182013

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Helpinstill Roadmaster

    Another rare gem makes its way into The Chicago Electric Piano Company’s workshop! Here’s a look at a Helpinstill Roadmaster:…

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  • Apr192013

    How to Determine the Value and Condition of a Rhodes

    How to Value a Rhodes Piano Part 2: How to Determine the Condition of a Rhodes As mentioned in the first…

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  • Apr182013

    How to Value a Fender Rhodes

    How to Value a Rhodes Piano Part 1: How much is a Fender Rhodes Piano Worth? Determining the value of…

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  • Mar272013

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Wurlitzer 214A

    Forgive us for the shameless self promotion but we are currently selling one of our favorite Wurlitzers that has come…

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  • Feb132013

    A Rare Breed Indeed: Rhodes Mark V

    The Rebirth of a Rhodes Mark V Following a few other prototype models after the Rhodes Mark II production ended…

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  • Feb112013

    How to Date a Rhodes

    How can you find the year your Rhodes was manufactured? How old is my Rhodes? This is one of the…

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  • Feb102013

    The Evolution of the Rhodes Piano

    The Evolution of Fender Rhodes Production and Sound If you’ve played a handful of Rhodes pianos you may have noticed…

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  • Jan292013

    Custom Shop: Wilco’s White Wurlitzer

    Here’s a glimpse of Wilco’s new Wurlitzer 206A from our Custom Shop. Hopefully we will be hearing from this beauty…

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  • Jan102013

    What is the difference between a Wurlitzer 200 and 200A?

    Is my Wurlitzer a 200 or a 200A? The Wurlitzer 200 and 200A are two of the most common Wurlitzer…

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  • Dec162012

    What’s all the ‘Buz’ About?

    UPDATE 2019: Our friends at reverb.com recently published an in depth and exhaustive article about legendary Rhodes tech Buz Watson…

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  • Dec142012

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Vox Jaguar

    As we begin to open our doors to more combo organs we present you with another rare breed, the Vox…

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  • Nov292012

    Choosing the Best Amplifier for a Rhodes or Wurlitzer

    There are many opinions floating around on the best way to amplify an electric piano. Most of which can inevitably be summed…

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  • Nov132012

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Rhodes Electronic Piano

    You sure don’t see a rare breed like this every day! Here’s a “Rhodes Electronic Piano” from the ARP Synthesizer…

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  • Oct222012

    The Amtrak Rhodes and The Boeing Lounge Piano

    We received a lot of interesting input from the post that shared our first time being introduced to the Amtrak Rhodes piano but we…

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  • Aug162012

    The Birth of The Rhodes Piano

    If you live in Chicago, then you already know that it’s hard to escape the sound of the jets screaming…

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  • Jun262012

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Wurlitzer Student Model Classroom

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Wurlitzer Student Model Classroom These days, more than half of the Wurlitzer Student models that…

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  • May282012

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Gibson G101

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Gibson G101 Combo Organ What a groovy combo organ! The Gibson G101 is similar to…

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  • May052012

    Mark I vs. Mark II

    What is the difference between a Fender Rhodes Mark I and Rhodes Mark II? Which model is better? How can…

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  • Apr162012

    The Fender Rhodes “Bark”

    What is the Fender Rhodes “Bark?” The Fender Rhodes “bark” is the signature tone of the Rhodes that distinguishes it…

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  • Apr132012

    A Rare Breed Indeed: The Amtrak Rhodes

    Who wants to play a Mark I or Mark II when you can turn peoples heads sitting behind a 1977…

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