Rhodes Eighty Eight

The Rhodes piano is an electro-mechanical piano, invented by Harold Rhodes[1] during the 1950s. It was later manufactured in a number of models, first in collaboration with Fender who after 1965, was bought by CBS.

As a member of the electrophone sub-group of percussion instruments, it employs a piano-like keyboard with hammers that hit small metal tines, amplified by electromagnetic pickups. A 2001 New York Times article described the instrument as “a pianistic counterpart to the electric guitar” having a “shimmering, ethereal sound.”

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