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1975 Rhodes Stage 73 Super Satellite Electric Piano Mk I, Fender Suitcase

Estimated price for orientation: 2 799 $

Category: Electronic Keyboards

Brand: Rhodes Exact Year: 1975
MPN: Does Not Apply Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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Up for sale, a 1975 Rhodes Stage 73 Super Satellite Electric Piano in 100% original condition and in good working order! The rarest of the Mk I Rhodes iterations, the Super Satellite system is essentially a Stage 73 outfitted from the factory with the Peterson active preamp, and paired with two 2x12 speaker cabinets (one Master, one Slave), for an ideal stage or studio setup that has incredible power and clarity. Having the cabinets spread apart in a room and hearing the stereo tremolo bounce back and forth between the enclosures is truly an incredible sound. Each speaker cab is fitted with its own power amp and two Fender-labeled Utah 12" speakers, all of which retain their original cones.
The piano has been well maintained since it was new, with key bushings that have smooth, consistent action and hammer tips and damper felts that show only very light wear. The piano has been professionally tuned and voiced with the tines and tonebars pitched to balance the fundamental tone and the harmonic overtone perfectly, retaining a full-bodied tone with clear middle octaves and great growl in the bass register. There's a nice sweet, top end chime to the piano as well, but overall the voicing is slightly mellow and very smooth. This piano was made only one year after the Rhodes company dropped the Fender name purely for marketing reasons, and features the same famed four-pin Peterson preamp and corresponding power amp of the earlier Fender-labeled Mk I pianos. The Peterson preamp is completely stock and the stereo vibrato is lush and smooth, with a nice range in the Speed/Intensity stacked knob.  Widely considered to be the best of the three Rhodes designs, the Peterson preamp boasts gain and EQ controls which add additional tonal flexibility, while the tonal color of the preamp really helps to bring out that classic Fender Rhodes Mk I tone! The power amp has a very low noise floor, and the Schumacher transformers date to mid '75, along with the date codes on the individual Utah 12" speaker frames.The piano itself is remarkably clean, with white key caps a minty namerail, and all of the original hardware present including the legs, sustain pedal, leg braces, both "Rhodes" logos, and the small "Seventy Three" logo on the harp cover. The sustain rod is a modern replacement furnished by Vintage Vibe and made to original specs. The smooth black tolex shows very minimal wear, and the four latch lid closes securely with a convenient pocket for storing the assorted hardware. Under the hood, the harp is near mint, with no oxidation or notable wear on the original tines and tone bars. The gold Rhodes model/serial badge is intact, and the piano is stamped 47/75 noting the week and year of manufacture on the top right corner of the harp.
The speaker cabs show more wear than the piano, with a couple decent sized patches of smooth black tolex which have been worn down to the base, cloth layer beneath the vinyl, and various small nicks around the edges of the enclosure. Inside the cabs, the power amps and speaker frames are museum clean, and it's likely the cabs had never been opened prior to the photos taken for the listing.This Rhodes Mk I Super Satellite pianos were the flagship of the Rhodes line, boasting a seventy three key keyboard, active preamp, stereo vibrato and a speaker cabinet compliment that was uniquely designed to properly amplify this classic piano tone!
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Shipping in the continental USA will be via FedEx Ground and will cost $400 ($125 for each of the cabs, and $150 for the piano itself). We use double thick boxes, 1" foam, and industrial 1/2" bubble wrap to assure that your piano arrives safely. Due to the vintage and mechanically complex nature of this item, buyer acknowledges that there is a slight risk involved with shipping this item, and accepts this risk in the unlikely event that the item may need minor adjustment upon arrival. That said, we have safely packed many vintage analog keyboards and fully insure our shipments against loss or damage. We're here to help our customers get to know their vintage keyboards and we really care! International bidders are welcome, but must contact us before bidding or buying for an accurate freight quote.International orders will be declared as “merchandise,” and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid. We cannot declare anything as a gift or for a lesser value. No exceptions! The customer is responsible for all taxes and duty, which may be collected upon delivery, as well as any additional charges involved with import.We do our best to describe all items with honesty and accuracy, but to be sure, please contact us with any questions or concerns prior to bidding or buying. We require payment within 48 hours of auction end. In the unlikely event of a return, buyer pays all shipping costs. Your positive feedback and five star ratings are very important to us and we appreciate your communication in resolving any issues!