Years ago a friend saw a beat up old Rhodes in the window of a curtain shop as he was walking down the street. I went immediately and bought it. I had to do a fairly thorough restoration job: rebuilding the electronics (recapping, changing the transistors, a lot of work with the psu and power amps), re-felting, changing out the hammer rubbers, fixing the action, stuck keys, re-aligning, etc.
I’m finally at the point where I need to tune it up, but I had an idea.
If you look at the service manual here: http://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/ch4.html#4-7
You can see that by adjusting how the tine aligns with the pickup you can adjust the relative levels of the fundamental and the harmonics.
I’d like to sample the Rhodes with round robins, velocity layers, and changing timbres. Obviously since this is a pretty big job I wanted to ask the community if y’all have any suggestions of anything I’m not thinking of.
I’ll describe my process:
- I’m going to use take the pickups straight into a tube preamp I built rather than using the instrument’s electronics. I think it sounds good, but this seems like a quieter and more bullet proof approach, and I can’t figure out how to practically include the use of the the vibrato.
- I plan to record each velocity layer 3 times and try to get a range from a finger nail barely pressing the key to really hammering it. This process would repeat for each position of the tine relative to the magnet. I was thinking of trying to get 4-5 positions: pure fundamental, pure harmonics, with two or three intermediate positions.
Should I record key by key? Recording the round robins and velocity layers for each magnet position and then move on to the next key?
Is there anything I’m not thinking of?
Thanks for any advice, and I look forward to being able to share this instrument with the community!