Author archive for Mike Novak

  • Oct112021

    Chevy Boogie Van + Forest Green Rhodes

    Green with Envy: 1976 Chevy van and 1977 Rhodes Suitcase One of our favorite Rhodes custom builds, this Suitcase piano…

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  • Sep282021

    Wurlitzer 207a with Keynote Visualizer

    Class is in session! Imagine walking into a piano lab in the late 70s, then picture this beautiful Wurlitzer piano…

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  • Aug202021

    1973 Fender Rhodes Suitcase: Ostrich Edition

    Ostrich tolex accented by shades of brown give this custom Fender Rhodes a distinct and classy look. Our client selected…

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  • Jul172021

    Alabaster Helpinstill

    New road case for this Road Master – a stunning finish for this portable acoustic/electric piano. As you can probably…

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  • Mar022021

    Professor Goss visits the Piano Co!

    Our buddy Woody Goss recently came by the shop for an in depth look behind the scenes at CEP. Along…

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  • Jan252021

    Flagship: 1979 Rhodes Mark I Suitcase 88 restoration

    It doesn’t get more classic than this: a full 88 keyset with suitcase amplifier from the very end of Mark…

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  • Dec192020

    Custom Shop: Seafoam Green Suitcase strikes again!

    It’s no secret that Seafoam Green tolex is one of our favorite finishes here at the Chicago Electric Piano Co.…

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  • Sep162020

    Rhodes 7055 Student Model: An In Depth Look

    After the iconic “Jetsons” pianos of the late 60’s, Rhodes introduced a new education series. These pianos were housed in…

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  • Jul012020

    Baby Blue Wurlitzer 200a

    Baby blue has been a popular finish for us lately and it’s no secret why: they look stunning! As with…

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  • Jun192020

    Custom Walnut Clavinet D6

    This build is certainly one of the most ambitious we have attempted, and we couldn’t be happier with the results!…

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  • May292020

    Quarantine Wurlitzer 200

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  • Oct042019

    Custom Shop: Gator Skin Suitcase Mark II 88

    An alligator on the loose in Chicago! In mid July, someone released a live 5 foot alligator into the lagoons…

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  • Jul232019

    An In-Depth look at the Helpinstill Roadmaster Mark II

    Considering an instrument that weighs over 200lbs to be “portable” is a bit of a stretch, but here we have…

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  • May052019

    Custom Shop: Teal Fender Rhodes Suitcase 73

    We never gave this tolex any serious consideration until it was requested by our client. Seeing is believing and we…

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  • Apr182019

    Custom Shop: Black Wurlitzer 145B

    An elegant customization of an iconic tube powered Wurlitzer! Often times the pianos we get in the shop look like…

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  • Feb132019

    Rare Breed: Green Pickup Fender Rhodes MKI Stage Piano

    We thought this was curious enough to share – a Fender Rhodes stage piano with a full set of green…

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