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Vintage 1980 Rhodes Mark II Stage 73 paired with a refurbished 1975 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface. Previously owned by critically acclaimed keyboardist and educator Alain Mallet, who I’m told played this on one or two Paul Simon records.
Kinesthetically, there’s nothing more gratifying to me than playing this Rhodes. I used to have a ’75 Suitcase I used to tell people was like swinging with two bats because the keys were so sticky (even after modding it), but the ’80 Stage has a certain bounce and sturdiness that just can’t be replicated. That’s what makes hauling all ~130lbs worth it (unless there’s more than one flight of stairs)▼ Article continues below ▼
It’s a solid wall of warmth, to me at least. You can make it as sharp, crunchy, or round as you like, but it’s always got this thick warmth to it, which I guess is characteristic for the Rhodes. And it helps to pair it with a nice tube amp.
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