Piano

Service

Servicing a Wurlitzer EP200/200A piano is no job for enthusiastic amateurs. The instrument has to be dismantled deep down as far as the keybed, then built back up slowly and thoroughly, finishing off with voicing and tuning.

 

The whole exercise takes 2+ days; no compromise. They are genuine scaled-down pianos, with whips/butts etc (every assembly has 50 parts). The wooden keys are individually hand-made & numbered (non-interchangeable), and the 64 reeds are a challenge to voice and tune. The amplifiers also require specialist attention to maintain reliability.

To date, we are still persevering with the original amplifiers. Models 200 & 200A use radically different types. The earlier 200 gives a grittier sound, and most EP200 pianos have the earlier 140B reeds fitted. This combination thus gives any EP200 a sound of its own (this is why they sell for more; most made before 1974, and less made than the EP200A).

 

All KKGB amplifiers are refurbed by our specialist, and they are up to final factory spec; good for another ten years. Warneck amps can be fitted, upon request, for £400 extra.

Typical cost of full refurb is £400 + VAT. Collection & return is not a problem for (usually) £100. KKGB also service the other models eg EP206. Contact us for more info.

Fender Rhodes

Whether it's a chunky Stage 54, Suitcase 73, Mk1, Mk11 or MkV, or Fender Rhodes Stage 88 with Satellite system, Klassic Keys GB have the capability & experience to bring any model back to factory spec, or even custom work/re-tolexing etc plus collection & return to client's studio/home.

 

We use Avion Studios for most new parts, and our engineer can repair/refurb any tired or faulty Peterson/Haigler pre-amp and/or 7054/7710 suitcase components. Harps are especially looked after even Hammerite painting of the steel frame and all victims of poor factory QC are usually corrected eg "out-of-line" assemblies due to mounting holes being wrong (happens more than you think!), also tines being incorrect length/dull sounding/having the "wazz" factor etc, and the appropriate tuning spring not been fitted etc.

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Prices start from £350, but every "patient" will have different maladies. Vintage Vibe pianos can also be serviced/voiced & tuned.  Contact us for more info.

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Clavinet

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D6/E7/DUO and earlier models....KKGB will bring your sullen clavinet back to sparkling, sizzling, funking life. It is very much a specialist job to do so. Hammer tip alignment/replacement is crucial (using the best tips).

There is MUCH to be rectified

  • Strings replaced & tuned

  • Yarn/gel positioning

  • Electronics

  • Pick-ups and switches

  • Muting mechanism functionality

  • Keybed rusting problems

Typical cost is circa £500, maybe including collection & return.

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