Latest Repairs: Fender Rhodes 54 Electric Piano

IMG_1882I had a Fender Rhodes 54 key electric piano in for repair last month. They use guitar type magnetic pickups wired together. If one pickup fails, every key goes silent. It is still easy to get spare parts for these so they can be brought back to top condition. The 73 or 88 key versions are more popular than this 1980 vintage 54 key instrument. I repaired or replaced 17 pickups on this one, re-adjusted the hammer action and individual note volume and re-tuned. IMG_1876 IMG_1875Call me if you have one needs some attention.

Watkins (WEM) Copicat IC300 tape delay and echo


WEM Copicat IC300. All it needed was head cleaning and a new tape.

WEM Copicat IC300. All it needed was head cleaning and a new tape.

WEM Copicat IC300 insides.

WEM Copicat IC300. All it needed was head cleaning and a new tape.

One of my regulars brought this in. He bought it for partly nostalgic reasons. It was in pretty good nick. All I did was PAT test, clean heads and change tape. The original send/return jack on this model is a 3 pole stereo TRS jack like an insert jack on a mixer channel. The extra, non standard jack next to it had been wired to the playback head mix. From here you got the echoes without the original. Presumably the owner wanted a tape delay for some reason. There was a bit of flutter from the direct drive induction motor but it kind of adds to the character of the effect. For a circuit that uses all 741 op-amps it had very little background hiss. Nice bit of vintage gear.

Fractal fern – totally irrelevant but lovely don’t you think?

I used to burn the midnight hours coding computer programs. This bracken fern style picture is generated by a fractal generator I wrote from scratch. I think the program got deleted (probably on a non-readable floppy disk somewhere!). The fractal was generated in monochrome at a very high resolution then each pixels intensity was set by the number of hits within its bounds. I then gave it a green tinge.


Fuck all to do with amp repairs though!


Tony’s Marshall DSL50

Tony from Oldham’s ‘A Band Of Gypsies’ (ABOG Reverb Nation and on North west bands) had some work done on his Marshall DSL 50. He didn’t like the fist pair of EL34’s I put in so I changed them for a pair of pricey but highly praised Svetlana Winged C’s. They were Hot running high gain selected  tubes for that bluesy compressed late break up.

I also fixed a couple of Marshall 4×12 cabs for Tony. The jack socket switch contacts always go on them so I replace them with Neutrik gold plated jobbies that should last a bit longer.

Tony from 'A Band Of Gypsies' and his Marshall JCM2000 DSL50.

Tony from ‘A Band Of Gypsies’ and his Marshall JCM2000 DSL50.

Dynacord Powermate 1000 MK2 Repair for Tony

Local vocalist Tony came in with his Dynacord PowerMate 1000 MK2. This turned out to be quite a tricky repair. Something had made four IC’s in the power amp go short circuit.

I put his message below so I can come back, look at it and stroke my ego when I am feeling low!

Tony Dynacord pm1000 mk2

Tony Dynacord pm1000 mk2

Putting a valuable and much loved piece of equipment into anyone else’s hands is always nerve wracking. The repair was handled really professionally I was happy with the price,  and customer service second to none.

Thanks again Dan
Tony Denison

For Sale: Two TOA 500 Series A-512E 120 Watt 100V Line PA Amplifiers

Two TOA 500 Series A-512E 120 Watt 100V Line PA Amplifiers for sale. In good clean working condition. Passed PAT test.

  • 120 Watt RMS output into 4 Ohms or 50,70 or 100 Volt line.
  • 5 inputs with front panel level (3 Microphone, 2 aux)
  • 1 aux input with fixed level.
  • 1 tape out, 1 aux out.

All signal inputs and outputs by 5 pin DIN. Speakers are on screw terminals.

£50 ono

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