Wurlitzer Vs. Rhodes

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The "bite" of the old Rhodes vs. the smooth tine sound of the 70s and early 80s. What sounds the best?

I have to say I prefer Rhodes, one of my favourite keyboard instruments of all time.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:15 (two weeks ago) link

Come on, Rhodes is untouchable

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:18 (two weeks ago) link

Wurlitzer electric piano? It's nice!

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:19 (two weeks ago) link

Strangely it seems to be the first thread title mentioning Wurlitzer and not meaning the jukebox, although there is an old thread asking how to make that Supertramp keyboard sound which basically hailed from the Wurlitzer.

I still prefer the Rhodes though, being an Arturia V Collection owner I have both available as excellent softsynths, but there is just something wonderfully charming about the Rhodes sound. Unless as glossy as the DX7 Epiano, that is.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:37 (two weeks ago) link

rip gary

A victim managed to capture evidence of the gimp (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:38 (two weeks ago) link

Overall? I prefer the Wurlitzer. The v1 Rhodes has that "bite", yes, but later Rhodes's don't, and vary in consistency. I find that the Rhodes has a broader resonance and is a higher quality sound, but the Wurlitzer is more playable, more reliable in getting an acute attack.

The Wurlitzer is more affordable, too-- especially if you source a student model (the 206, I think?). I like the internal speakers for home-practice, I like the built-in tremolo. I like the portability! My Rhodes was a pain-and-a-half to transport and/or move around the room. I owned one of each at one point and now own neither; I would absolutely prefer a Wurlitzer over a Rhodes, though

that said, I’d prefer a single serving of you (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

I love them both, but I definitely prefer the Rhodes. It's hard to articulate why because they're timbrally pretty similar, but the Rhodes seems more "buttery" and versatile to me than the Wurlitzer. The true sparkly sound of space. I even dig the Dyno Rhodes and the DX7 emulation.

Been really into this Weidorje track with dual interlocking Rhodes lately:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8g5nn0qcEo

Of course, Liz Harris is low-key out here keeping the Wurlitzer alive, and God bless her for it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb5ZCr3YkM8

J. Sam, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:04 (two weeks ago) link

Here's me thinking Geir had gone forever!

Mark G, Thursday, 28 November 2019 08:22 (two weeks ago) link


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