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After three months with no piano or keyboard of any kind I got my acoustic piano a few weeks ago, and now my electric piano. When it rains it pours! If you aren't familiar, the Vintage Vibe is a "tine piano", like a Fender Rhodes. It's pretty heavy at 64 lbs, but if I understand correctly, Rhodes pianos are even heavier than that. I haven't totally figured out what my plan for doing gigs will be - probably I'll buy a rolling cart to drag the piano and speakers around.

Hope you enjoy!


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Sweet sounding portable!
And yes, a Rhodes is something like Kg for lbs.

Enjoy!

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Sweet keyboard and video.

The classic 63 key at 53 lbs seems possible to move.

I notice that there will be a Rhodes mark 8 released soon.

Love that tine sound.

Maybe if I win the lottery wink.


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It’s amazing that you can play all these instruments so well in the jazz idiom and even more so when you are self-educated (?) since AFAIK you’re a software engineer! 👏🏻 I’m also a software engineer and a self-educated pianist but could never reach satisfactory Jazz improvisational skills and went back to classical… I envy you 😼

I love these VV pianos although the sound is a bit brighter for my taste but i guess it can easily be EQ-ed.


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Originally Posted by CyberGene
even more so when you are self-educated (?) since AFAIK you’re a software engineer! 👏🏻
You're correct that I'm a software engineer, but I have to fess up to not being self educated. I actually have a DMA from Manhattan School of Music and took my shot at "making it" as a jazz trumpet player in NYC for a few years. I got some gigs here and there but eventually looked for other ways to make a living and found I liked writing code.

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Originally Posted by CyberGene
even more so when you are self-educated (?) since AFAIK you’re a software engineer! 👏🏻
You're correct that I'm a software engineer, but I have to fess up to not being self educated. I actually have a DMA from Manhattan School of Music and took my shot at "making it" as a jazz trumpet player in NYC for a few years. I got some gigs here and there but eventually looked for other ways to make a living and found I liked writing code.
Ahh, there’s balance in the universe, otherwise it would be too depressing for people like me 😀 Nevertheless, it’s still amazing that you can play all these instruments so well and then also work as a software engineer! I always appreciate and have deepest respect for people who are polymaths! Bravo 👏🏻 I enjoyed your other videos too, thanks!

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I had my heyday with a Rhodes and it's nice VV is keeping (and improving,) it (except for the weight - hehe.) VVery nice playing and Vibe. cool


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very nice playing and very nice sounds too


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I haven't totally figured out what my plan for doing gigs will be - probably I'll buy a rolling cart to drag the piano and speakers around.

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you could put the e piano, bass, trumpet, and cymbals in the boot, and the drums in the back seat. maybe the grand could go on the roof racks?

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Congrats on the new VV, sounds great, enjoyed all the multi-instrument playing too. Very talented.

When you ordered from them, were you able to give them a tonal preference ? As in something like-- I want this to sound to have a darker, jazz sound, similar to Herbie's rhodes in the late '60s/early '70s time period.

Also congrats on the Estonia and VV within a couple weeks.

Yes I had a total of I think it was five different rhodes from around 1974 to the early '90s. I can't believe the places I used to schlep those things. Stairs with the suitcase model were the worst.

My favorite was the first one- the '74 stage. I brought it from STL to LA in '79 when we moved out here. Used it for a few years but got caught up in the LA Eddie Reynolds mod that everyone was doing. I actually hated the sound of it but it seemed you couldn't work unless your rhodes sounded liked that and you had a Prophet synth to put on top.

When the DX7 came out, you couldn't give away any rhodes they had fallen out of favor so much.


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So much respect for you Sir !

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Nice playing, all around. It's great that you play so well across multiple instruments!

I have the same question as Dave. That has to be the darkest tuning I've ever heard from a VV EP. Pretty much all of the others have had a very strong "Dyno My Piano" sound to them, which doesn't work well for traditional jazz. I really like that sound.

Congrats on the purchases.


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Originally Posted by Rusty Mike
That has to be the darkest tuning I've ever heard from a VV EP.
That’s pretty close to how it sounds raw. I applied some generic “vintage keys” EQ that comes with Logic and if I remember correctly it just rolled off the very high and low ends.

To answer an earlier question I did not discuss tone color with them when I ordered. I’m not sure if they have any customizations to offer in that regard.

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Originally Posted by adamcz
[snip] the Vintage Vibe is a "tine piano", like a Fender Rhodes. It's pretty heavy at 64 lbs, but if I understand correctly, Rhodes pianos are even heavier than that. I haven't totally figured out what my plan for doing gigs will be - probably I'll buy a rolling cart to drag the piano and speakers around.[snip]
I'm an old timer, and I'd like to chime in: I had a 1974-era Rhodes. It weighed 140 pounds. I had a hand truck that I used to move it from car to stage, and up and down stairs. At various times, my rig included a 130-pound Yamaha speaker cabinet, and before that a Leslie 147 (about 140 pounds, also) and a Hammond M3. The hand truck was indispensable. The Hammond M3 (cut down, but still about 200 pounds), always took two people to move.


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Absolutely lovely. I started an order for a VV Deluxe last autumn but had to back out due to the uncertainty of post-brexit exchange rates.

One has come up used that I’m considering getting but with the Rhodes MK8 coming soon (and the factory about 45km from me, I feel I need to wait a bit. If they end up doing an 88-key model then that’ll likely tip the balance.


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