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  1. When I was a kid I remember seeing an ad in a music magazine that said 80% or something of hit records had a Fender Rhodes on them. As I've gotten older I've developed a much better ability to pick out the sounds of vintage keyboards and I think that 80% is way overstated. I now know that a lot of the electric pianos that I used to assume were Fender Rhodes were actually Wurlitzers. As a matter of fact I think I hear more Wurlitzers than Fender Rhodes on most 60s and 70s music.

    A lot of bands in those days had either a Rhodes or a Wurlitzer but I think the Hohner Pianet has one of the coolest keyboard sounds ever recorded.

    From Wikipedia:

    Early Pianets were used on a number of hit recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, including "She's Not There" by The Zombies; "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen; "Summer in the City" by The Lovin' Spoonful; "I Am the Walrus", "Getting Better", "The Night Before" and "You Like Me Too Much" by The Beatles; "Everlovin' Man" and "Sad Dark Eyes" by The Loved Ones; "This Guy's in Love With You" by Herb Alpert; "These Eyes" by The Guess Who; and "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night.

    About ten years ago I was at a studio that had an old Hohner Pianet sitting on a shelf. The guy said he would sell it for $50. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't buy it only because I didn't know what it was.

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