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  • Quite possibly, the coolest Rhodes I've ever seen - you've got to see this!

    I received this press release yesterday, and while we don't normally publish announcements of this type in our News section, this one is just too darned cool looking NOT to share. So here's the PR, and a ton of pictures - IMO, this Rhodes restoration turned out absolutely incredibly well!


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    Vintage Vibe Custom 'Walnut' Rhodes 88 Stage Piano Restoration Revealed




    "Un-freakin' believable!" said the owner of the museum-quality restoration of a Rhodes 88 Stage Piano which shows off Vintage Vibe's exceptional craftsmanship and manufacturing capabilities


    Rockaway, NJ - December 12, 2017 - Vintage Vibe has revealed a crowning achievement in custom restoration: a Rhodes 88-key stage piano with a completely custom natural wood walnut case, white top, and unique accents for a mid-century modern look. Vintage Vibe, based in New Jersey, is the premiere restoration and repair company for Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and Clavinet electro-mechanical pianos, and the world's leading manufacturer of after market parts for these classic and sought-after keyboards. The company also designs and manufactures its own instruments, the Vintage Vibe Piano(tm) and the Vibanet(tm) - modern takes on Rhodes and Clavinet pianos with improved performance, reduced weight, and sleek new looks.

    The 'Walnut Rhodes 88' was restored for Dr. Len, a New York based musician, who said after seeing and playing the instrument, "The job that Chris Carroll and the team at Vintage Vibe did for me on my Rhodes...is extraordinary! They took my beat up, hardcore Rhodes and gave it a new life. They breathed something wonderful back into this old rig. They topped my expectation."

    After discussions about the room that the Rhodes would reside in; a modern, minimalistic design furnished with mid-century pieces, Vintage Vibe jumped at the chance to create something so refined that it might someday be displayed at an institution such as the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. "We were very excited to work on this project for Dr. Len," said Chris Carroll, Vintage Vibe's Founder and one of the company's master technicians. "It gave us the opportunity to fulfill a customer's dream and show what our team's combined decades of experience can do for an instrument; for the playability, the sound and aesthetics never before achieved by anyone in a restoration."

    Crafted from hand-selected walnut slabs, the front, back and sides of the Rhodes 88 restoration were grain and book-matched in sequence, and assembled using dovetail joints for a true furniture-quality appearance. The legs were lathe-turned from solid walnut and feature nickel-plated feet. The name rail and standalone preamplifier case were finished with matching burled walnut veneer for a luxurious flourish. And to complete the look, the lid and sustain pedal were refinished in antique ivory white.

    More importantly, Vintage Vibe restored the functionality and improved the performance of the instrument. "Beyond the aesthetics," says Dr. Len, "the sound is truly better than it was in 1979! Warm and strong, crisp and mellow. I have never heard anything so amazing! These guys left no detail unturned. I couldn't be happier or more excited."



    About Vintage Vibe

    With its team of master technicians, fabricators and assemblers, Vintage Vibe is the world leader in repair and restoration of electro-mechanical keyboards and the only manufacturer of a complete line of replacement parts for Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Clavinet pianos. This unique combination of expertise, talent and resources led the company to begin manufacturing its own electro-mechanical piano designs in 2009, the Vintage Vibe Piano(tm) and the Vibanet(tm) - modern takes on Rhodes and Clavinet pianos. Since then, an ever-expanding group of the worlds' top artists are drawn to use Vintage Vibe pianos for recording and performance.

    For more information on Vintage Vibe keyboards, and repair and restoration services, please visit www.vintagevibe.com or call 1-(973)-989-2178



    Vintage Vibe Piano and Vibanet are trademarks of Vintage Vibe. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Description and specifications are subject to change without notice.


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    - George Carlin

    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

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      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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      • #4
        Display piece? Awesome. Otherwise those legs are very disturbing.
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        • #5
          Kind of reminds me of another doctor's collection. He has a room with a 1959 Gibson Les Paul, an early Dobro and several hand made acoustics that cost in the tens of thousands each. He only knows a few chords. He also has an OCC chopper he doesn't ride and goes to auction and buys classic cars he keeps for maybe a year until another catches his eye.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 1001gear View Post
            Display piece? Awesome. Otherwise those legs are very disturbing.
            I don't think anyone would want to tour with a Rhodes that looked like that...

            Why do you think the legs are disturbing? I'm sure they can hold the weight just fine. I can't imagine they would have used them otherwise.
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            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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            • daddymack
              daddymack commented
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              maybe Yanni...

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            Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

            I don't think anyone would want to tour with a Rhodes that looked like that...

            Why do you think the legs are disturbing? I'm sure they can hold the weight just fine. I can't imagine they would have used them otherwise.
            Disturbing for the same reason you wouldn't gig with one. I remember having kitchen tables like that and they screw in with no other support; add kids running around the house...
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            • #8
              Hmm no wires or speakers?

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              • onelife
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                bluetooth - the sound comes through hundreds of tiny speakers in the walls of the room - a Magic Alex project I believe

            • #9
              Originally posted by kbeaumont View Post
              Hmm no wires or speakers?
              I wondered about that too... it would be nice if there was a pair of matching walnut amps on either side of it.
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              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

              - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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              • #10
                Very nice.

                It looks like a Rhodes and a Hohner Pianet had a baby.

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                • #11
                  Love the wood finish on the case.. Wow... wonder what that restoration cost..
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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Vintagekeys View Post
                    Love the wood finish on the case.. Wow... wonder what that restoration cost..
                    I'm not sure, but I doubt it was cheap...
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                    - George Carlin

                    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                    - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                    • #13
                      Looks pretty cool. I follow their Facebook page. Those guys really know electric pianos and do some nice work.
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