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Rhodes MK8

Rhodes MK8  ·  Source: Rhodes

Rhodes MK8

Rhodes MK8  ·  Source: Rhodes

Rhodes MK8

Rhodes MK8  ·  Source: Rhodes

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After making our mouths water for several months with a string of teasers, Rhodes Music Group has today unveiled the full details of the upcoming Rhodes MK8. The new electric piano will feature a custom preamp and an optional analog effects unit.

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Rhodes MK8

Ever since we learned that Rhodes had shifted owners and was working on a new version of the legendary electric piano, the company has given us small bits of information every couple of weeks or so. So we already knew many of the details unveiled today. Nevertheless, it’s great to finally see the new Rhodes in its full glory.

The mechanical section of the instrument consists of custom tines and tonebars. The keybed is provided by German manufacturer Kluge Klaviaturen, which is part of the Steinway Group. The hammers are made of ABS and are internally lubricated. The custom-wound Alnico pickups feature an anti-slip adjustment system for precise intonation. The pedal uses a flexible cable and stays in place thanks to an integrated rubber mat.

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The Rhodes MK8 features custom ABS hammers

Integrated preamp, optional effects

The integrated custom preamp offers knobs for volume, envelope (auto wah) and drive. There’s also an analog equalizer, as well as a vari-pan circuit with a choice of four waveforms.

New Rhodes

Integrated preamp

If you fancy inbuilt effects, you can order the Rhodes MK8 with an optional analog effects unit. It features a VCA compressor, a phaser and bucket-brigade-based chorus and delay effects.

New Rhodes

Optional effects

The audio connections are found on the left side of the instrument. In addition to stereo 1/4” outputs, the Rhodes MK8 features balanced XLR outs. The effect send and return jacks provide an opportunity to use external effects. The send jack can also be used as a direct output for the pickups, bypassing the preamp. There’s also a headphone output.

Two expression pedals can be connected to the jacks on the right side. These can be used to modulate a variety of settings, such as volume, wah, pan rate, pan depth and a bunch of effect parameters. Interestingly, the Rhodes MK8 also has a USB port for future firmware updates. This means that there must be some sort of digital wizardry going on, although the manufacturer says that the audio signal path from the pickups to the outputs is entirely analog.

Price and availability

Rhodes is keeping one last secret: We still don’t know when the MK8 will be available, and what it will cost. If you subscribe to the company’s newsletter by November 1, 2021, you’ll get access to the full website with additional information on that date. All others will have to wait until December 1 to gain access.

More infos about the Rhodes MK8

Rhodes MK8

Rhodes MK8

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5 responses to “Rhodes unveils the full specs of the upcoming Rhodes MK8”

    Louie says:
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    Can’t wait…had one in the eighties but the young generation friends needed a keyboard so dummy me lent it to them ..never saw it again…so this is good news… hopefully I’ll be able to afford one..

    Jesus Christ says:
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    “Rhodes is keeping one last secret: We still don’t know when the MK8 will be available, and what it will cost.”

    So. Two secrets.

    Jose Moacir Maia Portes says:
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    Excelente notícia.
    Para ser competitivo num mercado atual que contém vários pianos ditais de qualidade ,o Rhodes não pode ultrapassar os 3mil dolares.

    Rodney White says:
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    What is the required maintenance on the Mk8?

    Manny says:
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    This is gonna cost 5-10 grand

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