This is a vintage 1984 Rhodes Mark V Stage 73 Electric Piano. This particular example, serial number K806499, is in very excellent (9+) cosmetic condition and includes the original sustain pedal, stand, leather cover, and the case topper, which are all also in pristine condition. The Mark V is the final and greatest Rhodes ever built, and this example proves that in every way.
When coming across any vintage piece as clean as this Mark V, it’s hard to fully describe how truly amazing it is, which is why we’ve included over 100 pictures in the gallery to the left. The chassis is extremely clean with no signs of oxidation to the metal or warping or stains to the wood. 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 no blemishes whatsoever. 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.
Included is the original sustain pedal which looks and works beautifully. The original stand is in excellent condition and still very structurally sound.
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.