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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby N i g e l » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:33 pm

The Elf wrote: A web-based patch storage system really is not an answer

yep, I never signed up for that. I can generally get a specific sound quickly by twiddling the CPs limited No. of knobs from memory. Granted Im not on stage inbetween songs. Is there not some (ancient) MIDI device that can interrogate synth patches and regurgitate them on demand ?

I used to think the Reface combined MIDI socket was silly but anything goes now with devices having MIDI on jack sockets.

The Reface form factor is small so although it doesnt tick the BIG box, it is great to put in a bag along with a laptop or a phone with a drum machine app when out and about !

Arpangel wrote:My favourite EP sounds have always been from the DX7,

I have a favourite FM synth preset for a modified Rhodes in the style of Dyno-my-piano

:)
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:04 pm

N i g e l wrote:Is there not some (ancient) MIDI device that can interrogate synth patches and regurgitate them on demand?
It's just a pretty standard Sys-Ex dump request...
CS = F0 43 20 7F 1C 03 0E 0F 00 F7
CP = F0 43 20 7F 1C 04 0E 0F 00 F7
DX = F0 43 20 7F 1C 05 0E 0F 00 F7
YC = F0 43 20 7F 1C 06 0E 0F 00 F7

Record the output and spit it back as needed.
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Dan LB » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:53 am

Arpangel wrote:Yes, looking to buy a dedicated Rhodes keyboard, as I'm using that sound more and more these days, I thought about a real vintage one, but reliability, tuning etc, could be a pain.
I'm just after people's preferences, and why, looking at the Zarenburg, Korg, and some Nord offerings.


Check out Vintage Vibe pianos......

https://www.vintagevibe.com/products/vi ... tine-piano
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:09 am

N i g e l wrote:
The Elf wrote: A web-based patch storage system really is not an answer

yep, I never signed up for that. I can generally get a specific sound quickly by twiddling the CPs limited No. of knobs from memory. Granted Im not on stage inbetween songs. Is there not some (ancient) MIDI device that can interrogate synth patches and regurgitate them on demand ?

I used to think the Reface combined MIDI socket was silly but anything goes now with devices having MIDI on jack sockets.

The Reface form factor is small so although it doesnt tick the BIG box, it is great to put in a bag along with a laptop or a phone with a drum machine app when out and about !

Arpangel wrote:My favourite EP sounds have always been from the DX7,

I have a favourite FM synth preset for a modified Rhodes in the style of Dyno-my-piano

:)

I have an Alesis Datadisk SQ that loads all my old DX Patches, it's still a useful thing to have around.
I have "all" of my DX7 sounds loaded into FM8, but it's not hardware!
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Dave B » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:26 am

Dan LB wrote:Check out Vintage Vibe pianos......
https://www.vintagevibe.com/products/vi ... tine-piano

I've just had a moment. I'll have to go and clean myself up a bit. Or not get up from my chair for a while.

(which is bad as I'm at work ... )

:D
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:35 am

Dave B wrote:
Dan LB wrote:Check out Vintage Vibe pianos......
https://www.vintagevibe.com/products/vi ... tine-piano

I've just had a moment. I'll have to go and clean myself up a bit. Or not get up from my chair for a while.

(which is bad as I'm at work ... )

:D

I've just listened to this too, and I'm in a similar situation, but I'm still in bed.... :)
OK, where's the bank card.....
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Dan LB » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:30 pm

.....sorry :angel:
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:56 pm

Dan LB wrote:.....sorry :angel:

It's difficult to get, so I may be saved.
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Sam Inglis » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:14 pm

If you are looking for an actual electric piano I\d strongly recommend talking to Huw Rees at Rhodes Repair:

http://rhodesrepair.co.uk/

He sorted mine out nicely.

Maciej at analogia.pl is also very good.
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:20 am

Sam Inglis wrote:If you are looking for an actual electric piano I\d strongly recommend talking to Huw Rees at Rhodes Repair:

http://rhodesrepair.co.uk/

He sorted mine out nicely.

Maciej at analogia.pl is also very good.

Thanks for the link Sam, I'll look now.

:thumbup:

PS, there's an 88 coming in soon, I just sent him a mail.
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby N i g e l » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:57 pm

N i g e l wrote:
The Elf wrote:Since I landed a Yamaha Reface CP I haven't wanted for vintage piano sounds.

Yep !

I have tried most of the Reface range (bar the Dx)]

.....Well now I have checked out the DX and im impressed.
My first programmable polysynth was the £500 DX27, at £250 the reface has so much more, not least of all - velocity.

Since launch, it seems that WWW People have been busy creating, there are alternatives to soundmondo storage and editing, a hardware editor & tons of demo videos.

Heres an interesting DX demo using a hardware controller (£££) to create an evolving
landscape


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAoIEFou-ng
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby resistorman » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:14 pm

The Elf wrote:The deed... it is done. I feel like I just sold off a kitten... :cry:
Damn... I feel your pain...
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:58 am

Sam Inglis wrote:If you are looking for an actual electric piano I\d strongly recommend talking to Huw Rees at Rhodes Repair:

http://rhodesrepair.co.uk/

He sorted mine out nicely.

Maciej at analogia.pl is also very good.

I spoke to Huw yesterday, very nice chap, I'm going to try and arrange a visit sometime.
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Dave B » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:22 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:If you are looking for an actual electric piano I\d strongly recommend talking to Huw Rees at Rhodes Repair:

http://rhodesrepair.co.uk/

He sorted mine out nicely.

Maciej at analogia.pl is also very good.
Ooh he has some lovely stuff for sale coming soon. Even a Wurlitzer 140 and I could well be convicted that it would be a great alternative to my 200a ...

No ... must be good :)
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Guido3 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:25 am

I can highly recommend a chap just of the road from me in Leicestershire.

http://www.Klassickeysgb.com

I have always promised myself a ‘proper’ Wurly one day and this is where I will be going.

The guy who runs it is called Doug. For those of us here old enough to remember, he used to have a music shop in Nantwich (I think) called Dougie’s Music. A proper 80’s music shop!!!

Oh..... don’t click on the section marked ‘Dreamtime’ unless you want to lose the contents of your bank balance!!!
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:21 pm

Guido3 wrote:Oh..... don’t click on the section marked ‘Dreamtime’ unless you want to lose the contents of your bank balance!!!

I take it you'd be in severe danger of GAS if you did that, not malware...

:D
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Guido3 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:20 pm

Arpangel wrote:
Guido3 wrote:Oh..... don’t click on the section marked ‘Dreamtime’ unless you want to lose the contents of your bank balance!!!

I take it you'd be in severe danger of GAS if you did that, not malware...

:D

Yes!! I’ll rephrase that!! Dreamtime contains some really nice bits - ARP2600 as a starter for 10
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Re: Current Rhodes pianos, any opinions?

Postby Arpangel » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:22 am

Guido3 wrote:
Arpangel wrote:
Guido3 wrote:Oh..... don’t click on the section marked ‘Dreamtime’ unless you want to lose the contents of your bank balance!!!

I take it you'd be in severe danger of GAS if you did that, not malware...

:D

Yes!! I’ll rephrase that!! Dreamtime contains some really nice bits - ARP2600 as a starter for 10

I think the ARP has been sold, always loved the 2600, but I'm on the lookout for a 2500.
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