We repair a wide variety of pianos. Our technicians are awesome. Learn more about our different repair services below.
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There is a 1 hour minimum bench fee that will be utilized to assess your equipment. If we can also complete your repair during this time we will do so. Otherwise we will provide an estimate based upon the assessment. The estimate provided is not a fixed figure. The customer will be billed for the actual time and parts utilized to perform the agreed upon service(s). Should the billable amount increase beyond 20% of the estimated figure, we will notify the customer and seek authorization before proceeding with any further work.
Shipping rates vary on a daily basis but due to our high volume of worldwide shipping, we are able to obtain the best rates in the industry. A shipping quote will be provided to you at the time of piano purchase. This quote is just an estimate and will not reflect the actual cost of shipping. The actual amount will be determined upon completion of piano. Customers also have the option of arranging a pick up through a different shipping courier of their choosing.
Shipping costs can be lowered significantly if the customer chooses to have the piano shipped to a predetermined UPS location. The customer will be responsible for arranging pick up of piano at the predetermined UPS location in a timely manner or a fee will be incurred.
Estimated shipping rates shown below are estimates. Vintage Vibe will not be held accountable for prices shown below:
US Northeast: $200-$400
Europe: $250 - $500
Below you will find any and all pianos Vintage Vibe has for sale. To learn more about the differences between an unrestored and restored piano, click the links below.
Restored Pianos versus unrestored pianos
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Organs + Synth
With over 20 years of restoring Fender Rhodes pianos one thing that we do know is that they are all seemingly the same yet they are all very different. Explore what we do, estimate how much your repair will cost and take a look at our gallery. You'll soon realize Vintage Vibe is the place for all your electric piano needs!
What we do
Vintage Vibe are experts at repairing and improving Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzers and Clavinets for premium sound and play while maintaining vintage characteristics. Wit years of experience in building and rebuilding electric pianos, many errors have been encountered in old manufacturing. VV has learned to correct these mistakes for improved playability and sound.
From Fender Rhodes to piano shells, guitar amplifiers and cabinets, we can tolex pretty much anything for you the right way. The possibilities are truly endless and we are happy to help you get the exact look you want out of your electric piano. Our tolex options range from a classic black Fender style to pretty much any color imaginable. We even offer sparkle finish tolex!
We offer a state of the art tine cleaning service. We can bring back the luster and shine of your tines no matter how oxidized they are. Our service will also prohibit future oxidation. Our method is the best way to clean heavily oxidized or rusted tines as it works on closing in and protecting the surface of the metal.
Electronics technicians at Vintage Vibe work on the highest level of expertise and professionalism. No amp or preamp leaves our shop without being properly tested. We are capable of repairing many amps and preamps including rare Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer Student Model Pianos.
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The Rhodes suitcase piano case has a thin bottom. Unfortunately, this allows the key bed to sag, bounce and create a smiley face appearance. It also allows the hammers to flex inappropriately. So what Vintage Vibe does is anchor the key bed to the piano case, which provides stability to the keys that you can instantly feel in the touch. It’s not only suitcase models that we do this to, Stage models can benefit just as much.
This is the foundation to which all other processes are built upon. This step includes setting the key height, leveling keys, squaring keys to each other and the case, tightening keys, adjusting key dip, addressing all felt/shim placements and pin cleaning and lubrication.
Key dip is the distance the key travels downward before stop lock of the hammer cam and key pedestal are made. A key dip that is too shallow will have limited expression and a dip too deep will require extra effort with a lack of soft touch. We strive to achieve the ultimate key dip with every piano we restore. If a piano does not have a good key dip we will correct it to our specifications.
Action regulation, much like key bed regulation, is done with the same “start with a solid foundation and work up” mentality. We continue to build upwards into the action rail and hammers. This is where the magic happens. Your piano takes on a newly even and regulated feel, which is instantly noticeable upon touch.
With over 20 years of servicing Fender Rhodes and almost 10 years of handcrafting Vintage Vibe pianos, we have developed what has become our signature style of action regulation. You will not find this anywhere else in the world. How we do it remains in our secret recipe book.
The secret to the best tone lies in the quality of your hammer tips. Chances are the tips found inside your unrestored piano are hardened unevenly, grooved or missing. Vintage Vibe offers the largest selection of hammer tips anywhere in the world. We can replace tips based on the year and model of your piano or create a scale of custom tips to your liking.
By installing our ‘Miracle Mod’ action mod, you open yourself up to a world of lightening fast action and improved playability.
Hands down, this is one of the top three mods to any Fender Rhodes restoration Pre 1978.
Vintage Vibe offers reproduction damper arms as replacement, though it may not always be needed. It’s worth noting that old dampers are a frustrating reality. Trying (and failing) to get articulation from an old worn fatigued piece of aluminum is a headache at minimum. Faster and better results are found when utilizing new dampers. The cost is negligible compared to the time and efforts wasted on bending and modifying old damper arms to work properly. Without new dampers Vintage Vibe cannot guarantee results.
If the damper felts on your piano have never been replaced, don’t even think it over, just replace them. We have been designing and evolving our felts for over 10 years now. Our felt is 100% wool, die cut to size and each size tailored to the dampers relation to the tines in each section of the piano.
The strike line on a piano is where the hammer tip hits the tine. Since each tine is of a different length and will require a different location where the hammer needs to hit in order to maximize the potential of the vibrations. Nearly every piano we restore will require a strike line change. Even a subtle change of hammer tips can require a strike line adjustment.
Escapement is another relationship between hammer tips and tines. This relationship plays a critical part in the way the hammer hits the tine. Escapement dictates how a piano feels and plays. If set too low, it can interfere with the action causing choking along with muddy tones (especially with a heavy hand.) On the other hand, if set too high, it can cause the loss of expression with each tine.
The devil is in the details when looking for a professional tolex job. The idea of re-tolexing a piano may seem simple but if you have done this job yourself then you know that it is not a straightforward endeavor. From removing the old tolex, to sanding off old glue, then using bondo to fill in any cracks and then sanding again… It seems like it never ends! Luckily for you, we love doing all those things! Best of all, you end up with a smooth feeling tolex job with straight corner seams. No matter how bad of a shape your beloved piano is in, it may not be the end of it’s life.
Grill cloth is generally dirty with holes or rips. Replacement is almost always necessary when replacing Tolex and hardware. Replacing grill cloth can be tricky to install though. Most DIY’ers try it at home and succeed to a certain degree. But how straight are the lines, how clean are the inside cuts, how do the staples look? We know it’s on the inside but it tells the tale of whether a professional did the job or an amateur. A fair amount of grill cloth baffles are made of fiber pressed board and this means that with any moisture they expand and bulge. They also warp crack and break and become out of square. It’s at this point a new baffle must be made. We do this all of the time with our restorations and we make them out of furniture grade plywood. Again the devil is in the details and if you take time to look and notice you will see the quality.
The importance of replacing your tone bar screws, washers and grommets is paramount to stability in voicing and true isolation of tine to tone bar. This is a must with all restorations. At this point, we have released a few videos and scattered posts across facebook groups and forums on the importance of this job and the attributes of replacing grommets and screws as a set. There is solid factual evidence that supports this and Vintage Vibe is the only company who operates with this understanding.
Tuning is a straightforward idea or is it? Tines love to play games with your ear but more so with certain pickups. The proximity of the tine to pickup plays a vital role in the decay, dwell and pitch shifting attributes . It’s a game of compromise and like the Buddha, you must find the middle. That’s exactly what we do. We have a technique and style we perfected with 20 years of experience. Just imagine how many pianos we’ve tuned in 20+ years!
While tuning is a given for any instrument, voicing is where the magic happens. Voicing is where you take your time and articulate each and every note over and over until the desired tone is achieved. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to adjust the front tone bar screw, and you can effectively change the tonality of any given tine adding or removing harmonic and fundamental. A ¼-inch nut driver is used to adjust the pickup volume; by loosening the pickup screw and sliding the bracket toward or away from the tine, you effectively change volume. Together these two adjustments form the bulk of basic voicing.
With over 20 years of restoring Fender Rhodes pianos one thing that we do know is that they are all seemingly the same yet they are all very different. Circumstances internally varying from mold to warped rotted or cracked wood to incorrect dimensional set up by the Rhodes factory. Poorly replaced parts, suspect tines to custom mods are all variables unknown until we actually spend an hour or two going through the piano. After this official inspection time we can offer a quote.
While we specialize in the art of restoration we acknowledge that repair is often all that is requested. We will always work within a customer’s personal budget. Once that budget is established we will confer with customer on the appropriate action to take in the most logical order.
Speaking of logical order, after 20 years of restoration, we have developed a way of properly and efficiently setting up and regulating a piano so that each step logically follows the next. When choosing to repair instead of a restoration this method or process will come into play. We will offer you advice on what should be done first so that at a later time you are not paying for the same service twice.
With this being said, we can now move forward and offer light into the services as well as costs of restoring a Fender Rhodes piano so that the customer can get an idea of what to expect.
If your piano has 4 legs and flanges, you have a stage piano. If your piano has 2 front legs and sits on top of an amplifier, you have a suitcase.
Look for a 4 digit stamp on your harp. The first two numbers(01-52) correspond to the week and the last two numbers correspond to the year the piano was built.
3581 = 31st week of 1981
0274 = 2nd week of 1974
If your piano does not have a stamp, there are other ways to determine the date. Simply remove a key and observe its key pedestal.
1970 - 1971: Curved Marcel (Pratt and Reed Key Cap)
1972 - late 1973: Flat pedestal with Front slope (Pratt and Reed Key Cap)
1974: Flat pedestal (Fat Wurlitzer style Key Cap)
1975- early 1978: Flat Pedestals , no red felt
Late 1978 - 1981: Straight pedestal with bump mod + red felt
1982-1983: Black Plastic Key, bump with Felt
Unfortunately without having a chance to take a look at the preamplifier it would be difficult for us to make a fair estimate and therefore doing so would be a disservice to you.
That being said, our bench rate for repairs is $110/hr + parts and the average repair takes between 1 – 2.5 hours depending on the issues at hand; some repairs could be in excess of that. So as you can see we cannot say with all certainly whether repairing your preamp would be less or more expensive than purchasing a new preamplifier. It is understandable as well as prudent that you would consider this when deciding upon which course of action to take. Along those lines some people may find comfort in knowing that a new preamplifier is in fact, new, and less likely to have other issues down the not so distant road and find value in that.
Ultimately the choice is yours and at the end of either path your Rhodes will be singing once again and we are sure you will be satisfied.
Wurlitzer may seem like a smaller beast to tame, but our techs know otherwise. No repair or restoration is too cumbersome for our veteran technicians. With 20 years of experience, there isn't a Wurlitzer we can't tame.
What we do
Need the playability adjusted? Looking to get a tune up? Vintage Vibe is capable of any repair, no matter what size.
Need some new reeds installed in our Wurlitzer? Vintage Vibe has you covered! Not only are we experts at tuning and voicing Wurlitzers, but we also manufacture our own reeds right here in the USA!
If you're looking to get your Wurlitzer amp or preamp back up and running, you've come to the right place! With Vintage Vibe, you have the options of rebuilding or replacing your old amps and preamps with Vintage Vibe's line of Wurlitzer Electronics!
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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano model 200 was the first Wurlitzer Electric Piano to evolve from the Wooden Wurlitzer Electric Pianos of the 1960’s. It was introduced in 1968; this was the beginning of the Classic model years for Wurlitzer Electric Pianos. The Wurlitzer Electric Piano Model 200 was lighter and sleeker due to its new ABS plastic contoured top. It featured a new action design as well as two 4×8 speakers, an updated amplifier design which now implemented new Silicon Transistors as opposed to Germanium. The piano also offered chrome legs, new sustain pedal type and an auxiliary line-out for recording which was previously unavailable on earlier Wurlitzer Electric Pianos.
In 1975 Wurlitzer came out with the Wurlitzer Electric piano model 200A. Almost identical in appearance to the Wurlitzer Electric Piano model 200, the changes were subtle and mostly on the inside. For one, Wurlitzer updated the amplifier once again by placing the pre amp on top of the harp to reduce noise. They also used an LDR for the vibrato instead of modulating the pre amp gain with reactance modulation. A shielding kit was added for AC hum reduction and an extra shield on the pick ups for noise reduction. They removed alnico speakers from amp plate and installed ceramic 4×8 speakers onto the ABS plastic lid. A 1k variable gain aux out pot was introduced next to aux/headphone out as well as other minor changes.
People wonder about any sound differences between the two models and to the untrained ear the differences are almost undetectable. The 200A had a depth pot on the tremolo that could be made to sound stronger than that of the 200 model but at the same time it could also easily distort if up to high. The output signal of the 200A was greater and had less noise than that of the 200 model. Also the reeds in the later 200A model were of a thicker plate which made the tone fuller with a mellow overtone. The reeds on the early 200 model were thinner which added more harmonics to the sound. These reed differences can be disguised by custom voicing of the pick-ups making it near impossible to tell the difference between the two in a blind folded test.
In our opinion neither one is better, it all has to do with how it is set up as well as what kind of condition it is in. We have had plenty of so called “mint 200A models that sounded horrible and we have had many road worn 200 models that have blown us away sonically. Just remember all of the great songs and albums recorded on Wurlitzer’s prior the 200A.
What we do
Tone starts with your strings. We don't take any shortcuts, which is why we teamed up with DR Strings to help make the best Clavinet strings on the market!
Say goodbye to yarn, and say hello to our propriertary dampening system, Clavigel!
Does your preamp need a little TLC? Lucky for you, you can either rebuild it OR replace it with our funky Vibanet preamp! Get the tones from your C, D6, E7 PLUS a groovy auto wah that will provide hours of endless fun.
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What we do
From minor adjustments to major set ups, you're in good hands with our in house luthier, Adam! Our services include neck resets, mechanical repairs, and fret, bridge & electronics work.
Is your amp on the fritz? have no fear, our electronics tech is capable of a wide range of repairs!
Update your stage presence with some new tolex (and grill cloth) on our amps!
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Yes, but we'll have to bill you at least one hour on the bench.
What we do
Vintage Vibe builds stage shells for digital pianos for our discerning clients who want that look of vintage cool elegance. This is our hand crafted custom shop department that requires conceptual design time, material acquisition time and build time for making stage shells that fit correctly both in form fashion and function for our clients. Often times custom shells cost as much or more than the keyboards that they are made for. If you are truly interested in a unique custom shell please contact us with your budget and we can discuss the possibilities of your vision.
Looking to transform your Rhodes into a unique one of a kind piano? Fret not, as Vintage Vibe is capable of bringing even the wackiest of possibilities to life!
The possibilities truly are endless at Vintage Vibe. In the past, we've installed stereo reverb into multiple Fender Rhodes Suitcase Pianos. The reverb is comprised of drive and recovery circuits for both the left and right channels, a 3-spring, medium decay pan for each channel, depth control and bypass switching and supporting circuitry.
The stereo reverb has a very wide range of dwell that creates a depth and atmosphere to any piece you play, from a hint of room to expansive large concert hall reverb.
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What we do
From ghost notes to broken drawbar wires, our techs are capable of a wide range of repairs for Hammond Organs.
We fix leslie speakers!