February 28, 2006

New Rhodes?

by Chris Randall

The following was posted on the Rhodes Yahoo Group:

From: "j brand"

To: [email protected]


Subject: [rhodes] Re: New Rhodes Model?

Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 23:42:53 -0000

Hi everyone,

We are working hard to finish five new models and intend to show at Namm
January 2007.

Website comming that will keep you informed by fourth quarter 2006

Any qualified Rhodes technicians wishing to be factory authorized for warrantee service repair can register when the company website comes on line.

I support your community and have appreciated the suggestions in
developing ,hopefully ,the greatest Rhodes electric piano line ever.

Further details were then offered in this thread on Gearslutz, to the following effect:

" Mr. Brandstetter has confirmed that the new instruments will:

be true electromechanical pianos, based on Harold Rhodes' design

mechanically follow (with improvements) the most recent production Rhodes, the Mk V

be fitted as standard with MIDI

be lighter, more roadworthy and more portable than any previous production Rhodes

be available in 73- and 88-note versions

offer many new features

have a striking visual presence, while obviously remaining a "genuine Rhodes" "

Now, that's some news I can get behind.




Mar.01.2006 @ 1:21 AM
Muff Wiggler
"Now, that's some news I can get behind."

holy crap, me too. i had no idea anything like this was happening.

see, that's why i read this nutty blog of yours....golden info like this, you just made my day.


Mar.01.2006 @ 2:24 AM
I guess this is when we discover that ?700 for a vintage Rhodes is a bargain compared to the price of a new one.

Mar.01.2006 @ 2:24 AM
and... Great scoop!

Mar.01.2006 @ 8:37 AM
While I do agree the idea of a new Rhodes is awesome (not that it will replace my well-loved and battered Suitcase MK 1), I'd like to point out a few things. Firstly, this same guy has been talking about producing a new Rhodes for over a year (check out the news on fenderrhodes.org) without showing pictures of development or anything more than rumor, so I'll believe it when I see it. Secondly, he threatened legal action against www.fenderrhodes.org for copyright violation, forcing the site to shut down for a week or two, before finally letting them back with a giant disclaimer saying they weren't affiliated with the new Rhodes (the disclaimer is now gone). While I do understand where he was coming from, it was a pretty douchebag move to alienate the people who would be the biggest supporters of a new Rhodes. So yes, it's good news, but I'm being very cautiously optimistic.

Mar.01.2006 @ 10:32 AM
penzoil washington
of course, if this ever happens, it will have to be way more expensive than just buying a nice one off ebay, having it sent to vintagevibe, and having it completely rehabilitated. For about $2k, you can get a perfect authentic Rhodes today, if you start with a good candidate. I just passed on one within a hundred miles of here in ace condition for $700, only because I bought a mint condition Wurlitzer EP for $1200 last week! Imagine what a wurly would have to sell for today if built to the same standard.



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