Here is a vintage 1984 Rhodes Mark V Stage 73 electric piano. This particular example, serial number K805771, is in very excellent (9+) cosmetic condition and includes the original stand and the case topper, which are all also in very nice condition. The Mark V is the final and greatest Rhodes ever built, and this example proves that in every way. Though it didn’t necessarily need a service, this example was recently fine tuned to be perfectly studio ready.
The case also looks amazing and all the latches still work great. Featuring an all-plastic body, the Rhodes Mark V Stage 73 was the lightest Rhodes to date, with a weight of 100 lbs. The leg set used for all previous Stage models was replaced with a one-piece collapsible stand designed by Mike Peterson, capable of supporting 450 lbs. Improvements to the piano’s action included a return to the use of wooden keys, as well as a modification to the dampers that resulted in a more bell-like tone.
The chassis is extremely clean with no signs of oxidation to the metal or warping or stains to the wood soundboard. Every single Tone Bar is in excellent shape and works perfectly. The keys have a nice weighted feel to them and all work perfectly. The Tone and Volume pots work great. The front panel is extremely clean with very few blemishes.
The exterior of the keyboard exhibits general storage wear. There are scratches on the top from sliding other synths across, and one screw (out of 10 total) is missing from the bottom mount. It presents nicely, and looks very good.
Included is a Vintage Vibe sustain pedal which looks great and works beautifully. The original stand is in excellent condition and still very structurally sound. However, it is somewhat difficult to mount the thumb screws into the bottom of the keyboard. The Mark V Stage 73 was the only new piano to go into production before the Rhodes factory closed its doors forever. The Mark V Stage 88 was pictured in brochures at the time, but it was never actually for sale.