Kim Flint, 1969 – 2010 Birds I Saw
Jan 172011

In 1995 i purchased a Fender Rhodes EK-10 Mark III electric piano. At least i thought it was a Fender Rhodes. It was remarkably heavy, and it sure had that signature Fender Rhodes sound. I got it cheap—shockingly cheap. It was used for a little while happily, and it sounded lovely.

Then one day it began misbehaving in a very odd fashion. While i tried to collect all the information possible about its behavioral peculiarities, smoke began to rise out of the back of the instrument with an ill-omened smell. I shut it off until i could get it into the hands of someone who could fix whatever electrical short was occurring under the hood and unleash those beautiful tones again.

The quest took over 15 years. Most electric piano gurus wouldn’t go near it, which had me perplexed. My buddy Steve Bates has shown me lately his skill and courage with a soldering iron, so i invited him to have a look.

His account of its retrieval from storage, the assessment of its viability as a musical instrument to keep in the family, and the final means of sending it back out into the world in a way that was most useful can be found at his blog here. It’s an entertaining read.

Name Plate From The Rhodes EK-10 Mark III Electric Piano

Name Plate From The Rhodes EK-10 Mark III Electric Piano

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