|:: Rhodes Keyboard ::|
As a keyboard player there are only a few times in my life when the thought of a brand new keyboard reminds me of days gone by playing at the Gluepot corner bar in the late 80s on a Saturday night. There is a reason this happens rarely and this is no ordinary new product. It is the newly released RHODES piano.
Many of you will fondly remember the Fender Rhodes product. The 73 note suitcase model that required a couple of piano movers to get it into your car and to a gig. Who can forget the key action, the growl of the lower notes when struck correctly or the distinctive analogue sound made famous by the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles and Jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
For many people the only way to relive this is to buy a second hand model (usually very expensive to buy) and restore it which for many people has proven to be difficult. That has now all changed. You can now get a brand new one made like the original.
Harold Rhodes who created the original Rhodes was able to get back the rights to the name around 1996 which allowed him to get to work reproducing the original electromagnetic instrument and Rhodes Music Corporation released these new concept models at Namm 2007.
When these arrived into NZ, I was one of the lucky people to be able to unbox and view them for the first time. Believe me when I tell you it was like being a 5 year old on Christmas morning waiting to unwrap the biggest present!! Once un-boxed the cabinet design proves to be instantly appealing and tastefully done. It comes in 4 different finishes including black gloss, red gloss white gloss and a black Road Touch version. I have seen both the Road Touch version and the black gloss. Both are stunning and distinctive. Click to enlarge.
For some history on Rhodes check out this web site although there are many sites on this subject.
To view these items in person ring your local Rockshop and they will be able to let you know where the current models are. We have 4 models in stock.
$5995 - Rhodes Mark 7 - 73 note Standard in Black Gloss