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Vintage Vibe Collection

True Evolution

Timeline . Events . History . Innovations . Inspirations . Patents

1997
Humble Beginnings
Vintage Vibe establishes a one-man operation as a vintage keyboard and studio equipment rental company. Keeping equipment running smoothly for professional rental.
1999
Fred DiLeone and Chris Carroll meet in NYC at E.A.R.S, where Chris heads the keyboard repair department while running VV out of the company van on the side. E.A.R.S co-owner and head synth tech Jeff Blenkinsopp and Chris Carroll develop the first-ever Wurlitzer stereo amplifier a decade before any other aftermarket brand.

Vintage Vibe starts its eBay store for vintage instruments.
2000
Vintage Vibe creates www.vintagevibe.com our first website for Instrument rentals, sales and repairs. Vintage Vibe continues house call repairs and services to Manhattan recording studios, Rental facilities, and rehearsal spaces.
2001
Vintage Vibe expands its reach by picking up repairs in Philly for artists like the Roots, The Studio and James Poyser.. 9/11 happens, and things get scary for all.
2002
Vintage Vibe expands our website offering aftermarket parts and restored pianos, notably new Wurlitzer reeds, for the EP community. Vintage Vibe was the first to successfully produce a new Wurlitzer reed.
2003
Vintage Vibe starts scaling aftermarket parts production for Fender Rhodes and other vintage Keys. Foresees the future of saving these instruments.
2004
Vintage Vibe continues to earn its excellent reputation as the place to go in NYC for Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinets, Hammond Leslie, and combo organs.
2005
The Wurlitzer amplifier
Vintage Vibe starts a series of online videos teaching others to tech their pianos.

Vintage Vibe releases the first-ever after-market model 200 Wurlitzer amplifier and 200A preamplifier.
2006
Fred Dileone designs the First Rhodes 32 note suitcase design/ fabrication as seen on fenderrhodes.com
2007
Fred DiLeone starts doing Rhodes restorations and repairs at Vintage Vibe. Vintage Vibe releases the Quadrapuss, the first of its kind multi- effects rail for Rhodes pianos. Consisting of stereo tremolo, Dyno EQ, and a small stone phase shifter.
2008
Vintage Vibe starts heavily customizing Rhodes and Wurlitzers with custom preamplifiers, power supplies, effects, and an array of custom colored pianos.
2009
Chris and Fred start designing and cutting wood on the first Vintage Vibe prototype piano after Restoring all three Steely Dans pianos.
2010
Vintage Vibe has designed the smallest and lightest Rhodes piano ever made, a true evolution in weight and size reduction. While we had the design, size and weight nailed, we were still a year away from having all the parts available for full production.

Vintage Vibe manufactures our first tines for our piano.
2011
Vintage Vibe shows the first pianos at NAMM and steals the show, Shipping the first pianos the same year.
2012
Vintage Vibe innovates the Clavinet world with a yarn-free dampening system for the strings, making it easy for anyone to improve dampening and change strings on a Clavinet. In the same time frame, we set a Rhodes precedent in recognizing the need for proper tone bar screw and grommets relationship on Rhodes pianos, previously unrecognized.
2013
Vintage Vibe introduces the Vibanet, a lightweight new concept in the Clavinet world. Designed a world-class preamplifier that has changed the game for Clavinet preamplifiers. All the while making improvements on Hammers and hammer tips for Rhodes and VV Pianos.
2014
Stevie Wonder leaves digital pianos behind and starts playing Vintage Vibe Pianos and Vibanet after a discovery at NAMM.
2015
Robert Glasper uses Vintage Vibe pianos on Black Radio 2, notably on “Calls” with Jill Scott. Follows with the tour.
2016
Vintage Vibe works hand in hand with Chick Corea on designing the most articulate action ever performed on Rhodes pianos. Affectionately known as the “Chick Mod.”

The same year, Spectrasonics works with Vintage Vibe on the groundbreaking Keyscape, sampling our pianos for their world-class library.
2017
Vintage Vibe steps up on online tutorials, teaching technicians and players the finer points of Rhodes work.
2018
sets new standards for visual piano photography and website layout now widely emulated.
2019
Vintage Vibe innovates the Chick Mod further by designing a capstan regulation screw to the key stick and advancing regulation in the piano action.
2020
Research and Development are spent on new electronics, pickups, hammers, and key bed action for upcoming releases.
2021
Vintage Vibe applies for a patent on our new innovative dual capstan key stick, the “Cap and Jack,” which fixes an inherent issue on all Rhodes pianos. We created the most adjustable Rhodes action ever designed. Enabling a feel in Rhodes-type pianos never felt before.

We designed a new harp brackets with zero tone bar interference, now copied by Rhodes UK.

Vintage Vibe writes a 75-plus page tutorial on properly setting up a Rhodes piano, helping all professional techs and novices correctly identify problems and how to fix them.
2022
Vintage Vibe releases Fender Rhodes tutorial free to the public.

Vintage Vibe applies for a patent on a new adjustable pickup rail called the Variable Voice control.
2023
Vintage Vibe introduces a revolutionary new featherweight piano! Stay tuned for the future.