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Fender Rhodes Individual Hammer Tips

Read our Hammer Tip Guide here

$0.75

Purchase any hammer tip we offer individually!

Description

Our Fender Rhodes hammer tips are engineered for maximum durability, sound quality and play-ability.  

Our hammer tips are custom made for old Fender pianos.  All old Fender piano hammer tips wear out at some point, they become grooved and tone is lost. The deeper the grooves on a hammer tip the worse the strike point is.  It creates a dull sound.  This is why it is important to replace hammer tips at the appropriate time in the pianos life.

All tips sold individually.
Full Kits available here.

Placement

Graduated Tips

Angled Tips

Square Tips

Instructions & Guides

Graduated, Square, Angled Hammer Tips:

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Felt Hammer Tips: 

The felt included in this kit comes with 4 different stock densities, from soft in the bass to firmer in the treble. The bags are labeled Bass (1-26), Mid (27-25), Treble (46-65) and Woodcore (66-73). In order to achieve a proper attack in the upper ranges, you will need to harden the felt even more. This is where the felt hardener comes in to play.

Experiment without hardener first. You will see that the upper notes lack the attack you are used to hearing or are looking for. You will want to add more hardener to the treble than to the mid section. Always do one application at a time and then test to see and hear how you are doing. Make sure you have your amplifier set up to how you normally play.

From the included bottle, pour a capful in the lid. For the first application use your brush to apply a generous coast on to the mid and treble felts (so that they are damp). Do not apply to the bass felts or the wood core. Let dry for a few hours then test. Repeat as necessary. We typically do 3 applications o the treble felts and 2-3 on the mids. Since tone is subjective, you may want more or less.

Orientation of the felts is important. The felts are 3/8" x 3/8" x 5/16". Place felts with the 3/8" side facing up ad the other 3/8 side will be the side you glue to the hammer.

Install Video

FAQ

I have a Piano Bass that needs new hammer tips. How should I proceed?

A bass piano utilizes the same hammer tips as the lower register of a Rhodes 73-key piano. That does not mean, however, that you should treat your instrument like other Rhodes pianos. A piano bass is intended, after all, to serve as the bass instrument in an ensemble. The type of bass tone you wish to achieve determines the tip configuration you should choose.

Our felt hammer tips are wonderful for a warm, wooly bass tone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, our graduated tips are our firmest tips and offer a sharper attack, which may or may not be desirable as a bass sound. We also offer square and angled neoprene tips that represent middle ground options, with a rounder attack than graduated tips and cleaner articulation than felt tips.

Another important factor that shapes the tone of your piano bass is how the strike line is set. Remember that the instrument was created to mimic a bass guitar. By offsetting slightly from the traditional optimal strike line, you can generate a tone more consistent with that of an actual bass.

I have a 54 Key Rhodes Piano. Where and how do I put on hammer tips?

We only sell kits in 73 and 88 note because they are the most common pianos found. In regards to hammer tips, it will be nice for you to have extra hammer tips left over for the future. The 54 note piano starts on C3 and goes to F6 on an 88 note scale or C1 to F6 on a 73 note scale. You can see the scale under our placement tab.

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