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Welcome to N7 studios. This was our first port of call for the finest, but most pristinely maintained unique signal paths in London today. For Sean has one of the most pristinely maintained collections of classic keyboard instruments that we know of.
We charged them with the task of creating the definitive collection of classic work-horse s and 70s keyboards; The 'Spitfire Electric Piano', a not-for-the-superstitious 'Electric Clavichord', a Stage Piano, and the rare Electric Keyboard Bass made famous by Ray Manzarek of The Doors in the absence of a full time bassist this one dating back to with a serial number of !
This 73 note instrument generates sound using keys and hammers in the same manner as an acoustic piano, but instead of strings, the hammers strike thin metal tines, which are then amplified via an electromagnetic pickup.
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Why is this instrument such a favourite of ours? But more probably its sensual use by Vangelis on his masterful score for Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner'. The sound is produced by a harp of 60 tensioned steel strings oriented diagonally below the key surface. Each key of the simple keyboard action is a single lever element that pivots on a fulcrum point at the rear. A spring returns the key to the rest position. The unique playing feel of this instrument comes from this abrupt impact of the pad striking its anvil point against the string.
The Clavichord responds well to guitar effects, especially the wah wah pedal as expertly demonstrated on the seminal "Head Hunters" recordings by Herbie Hancock. The 64 note Stage Piano known to many musos as a "Wurly" comprises of a single steel reed for each key, activated by a miniature version of a conventional grand piano action and forming part of an electrostatic pickup system.
We love it for its soft mellow tones at the bottom, and its biting totally transformed angry mid-tones when played harder and louder. The world's first dedicated keyboard bass instrument made uniquely famous by Ray Manzarek of The bass guitar-less Doors. We also received a report of a tweed 5G12 Concert.
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The 5G12 Concert is the earliest version from very late and early so the existence of a tweed example, while extremely rare, is certainly plausible since Fender was making lots of tweed amps during the same time period. Working at FMI — I was able to interview a fellow who wishes to remain anonymous who worked at Fender in in the amp department.
Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built. For instance, he confirmed our assumption that the amp chassis were put into stock after being stamped with serial numbers and that the chassis were pulled from the stock bins randomly just as with Fender guitar neck plates.
How old is my Rhodes? What year was it made?
The boss came around and said what we'd be building. The chassis weren't used chronologically. Probably the same as the pots and transformers that we just dug out of the boxes. I think in the corners of the boxes were older pots remaining from earlier dates I think the better, older hands did 35 a day. Like I said, there were 5 or 6 of us at the benches every day. But it wasn't always 'cool guitar' amps, sometimes I was making Fender Rhodes Satellite amps on bent aluminum, sometimes only Champs.
I remember two 'suits' from upstairs standing behind me occasionally doing time studies. They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts. Of course I tended to hurry more when they were there, and I would fumble more, too. Same with the little rectifier boards. When we had filled our cart we'd wheel it over to the Chicano chicks.
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They were something to behold, all chatting away while soldering so quickly, it didn't hardly seem like they were looking at the amps. After that the foreman would add the tubes, turn 'em on and set the bias. One has to wonder where all those factory original export back panels are! Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia in the late s and early s that were stock volt domestic US units.
The Australian Fender Distributor then installed V - V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets. Note the removal of the voltage selector switch and hard-wiring. Also note the vertical black lines on the control panel found on earliest silverface amps and the large ceramic power resistors coming off the power tube sockets which indicates the AB circuit.
I just discovered that the silverface Bandmaster speaker cabinet the big, tall one without tilt-back legs is ported see photo. I thought they were completely sealed units.