My buddy has a Rhodes Mark 2 Stage 73 from 1981 that I told him I would happily fix up in exchange for some studio time at his place. This was the first time I really looked at a Mark 2 up close and the immediate differences are the plastic keys (they’re wood on the Mark 1 and the action feels completely different) and the notorious Mark 2 white pickups. I say notorious because these pickups have a high rate of failure and tend to go bad over time (corrosion from the inner part of the pickup coil, corrosion on the solder points, etc) and sure enough, we found FOURTEEN bad pickups in his piano. That’s a bummer considering how clean everything else in his piano was and how expensive/difficult it can be to track down working pickups for these.
Our choices now are to examine the solder points and redo them (which can be tricky due to all the plastic near the solder points) or wind our own pickups from scratch….ugh.
Wish us luck.