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Fender Rhodes Electric Piano Mark 1A

Made by: Fender Rhodes

20th Century

North America


Harold Rhodes originally built his keyboard as a teaching instrument for bedridden WWII soldiers.  Further developed with guitar manufacturer Fender, the Rhodes Piano was embraced in jazz and rock by Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Herbie Hancock (Miles Davis), Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, and others. It was also widely deployed in college piano labs for group instruction. An electromechanical instrument, it produces sound by hammers hitting electrically amplified metal tines. 

Acquired 2020

Black, vinyl covered wood case/body, plastic keys, wood and metal action
“Seventy Three” logo on internal mechanism cover