Rhodes 7055 Student Model: An In Depth Look

Rhodes 7055 Student Model: An In Depth Look
September 16, 2020 Mike Novak
Mike Novak
In Rhodes

After the iconic “Jetsons” pianos of the late 60’s, Rhodes introduced a new education series. These pianos were housed in a more subtle walnut veneered cabinet and featured an on board metronome and connections to a teacher module. The student can monitor with headphones or a built in 10 inch speaker. Under the hood, the tone producing components are the same as a 73 key stage piano. Sometimes referred to as the KMC 1 (Keyboard Music Center), there were also variations of this model designed for home use that had an on board cassette recorder.

 

The electronic circuitry carried over from the earlier Jetsons design, and is rather primitive by today’s standard. The amplifier is under powered and distorts relatively easily. It is essentially a single power module, just like the ones found in a Peterson era suitcase piano. However, with a proper setup, the piano still sounds and plays wonderfully.

 

This particular instrument came to us for a “Works” level of service. Our restoration includes a fresh set of tonebar isolation grommets and screws/washer, hammer tip rotation, and a comprehensive strikeline and escapement setup. After voicing and tuning the piano, we modified the 1/4″ output at the bottom of the amplifier to serve as a line out straight from the harp, bypassing all the other electronic circuitry. This jack is switched and cuts the on board speaker when engaged.

 

Please enjoy a couple videos of this piano in action! Performance by Matt Blocher at the Chicago Electric Piano Co.

Too High – Stevie Wonder

Spain – Chick Corea (feat. on board metronome!)

Comments (4)

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    Chris Lee 5 months ago

    I’d love to see one of those models with the onboard cassette recorder! You could make an entire tape of Chick Corea covers with metronome accompaniment!

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    Bob 3 months ago

    Sounds really nice.

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    Jen 1 week ago

    I believe I have this model. What would it be worth? I’m looking to sell.

    • Max Brink
      Max Brink 6 days ago

      Tough to say. They’re not necessarily the most sought after models, but they do make great home/studio Rhodes pianos or good candidates for Custom Shop restorations. If you want us to take a look at it please email info@chicagoelectricpiano.com. Thanks!

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