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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Paul a hobbyist user from New Jersey writes:
I am a big fan of synths, unfortunatly all Analogue modeling. I have been yearning to add some vintage gear to my studio. Recently came upon a Seventy three in mint condition. Probably refurbished, the only thing wrong with it was the Rhodes emblem in the rear was cracked and it did not have the original legs. Otherwise, it's been a great addition - I will be adding Lexicon MPX 100 effects through my Mackie aux sends. – One thing. – I will probably wind up leaving this in my studio – No gigging – as the thing weighs a ton.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-27-2005 at 14:02
James a professional user from Australia writes:
The best electric piano (for that matter keyboard instrument) of all time. The most distinctive sound avaiable. The 73 Mk 1 is the best i have heard of all of them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-23-2005 at 13:22
nick a professional user from kc, mo writes:
what is there to say that hasn't been said already? anyone who is in a dispute between whurlies and rhodes, is comparing apples to oranges. they are competely different sounds! i know, i have two of both. (mk1,mk2:112,200) they both have their places. the rhodes has a warmer smoother sound. while the whurlie has a more nasty perspective on a phat sound. ultimately you've got to play one to know which one's gonna sound better in your conditions. they both are classic sounds that have stood the test of time, and they both deserve a 5!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-09-2001 at 12:33
Rob Girardin a hobbyist user from Orange County, CA writes:
Ahhh, my beloved rhodes, I'll probably be buired with this beast. It's rather sad how the rhodes sound has been preverted over the years with all those horrible FM patches and sample playback devices. I've tried most of these machines and nothing comes close. Sure, maybe one patch can get you a mellow rhodes sound, and another can get you a bass sound, but you'll never have the timbral control and dynamics that only a real rhodes can provide. I have a Stage MkII, which is considered a more mellow, which I conside is true. If you need an aggressive EP sound, I'd seek down a MKI or better yet, a Wurlitzer 200/104. I personally love it's mellow tones, it's prefect for ambient, post/space rock (manitobia, mice parade, album leaf and such all use a rhodes with remarkable results), and even IDM (sustain pedal down, ran through an old amp, very Boards Of Canada-esque.) The bass sound is extremly rich and robust, I used to own a roland juno 6, which by most accounts is a bass monster, but I often found myself reaching for the rhodes instead. I wouldn't reccomend buying one on ebay though, shipping is a real pain, and I think it's important to play one before you buy. Many rhodes have horrible action and/or keys in need of repair. Sure, this can be remeded with some work and new parts, but I myself am a musician, not a mechanic and I'd rather bypass that whole mess. Oh, and for the record, Beck's 'where it's at' is a wurlitzer 200a. Oh, and if you're a rhodes owner, be sure to join the rhodes mailing list at

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-29-2001 at 16:06
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