Rhodes has announced its revival, returning under completely new management and under the name Rhodes Music Group Ltd.
The UK-based brand is headed by chairman Matt Pelling, who says that its mission is to “continue founder Harold Rhodes’ development of the highest quality musical instruments”. Pelling adds that the new company will “stay true to Rhodes’ heritage whilst future-proofing the Rhodes brand for new generations of artists, with an evolving suite of beautifully designed, lovingly made and inspirational music products”.
It’s unclear what new instruments will be in the works from the company, but it’s likely we may see some modern electric pianos. You’ve probably heard the luscious sound of Rhodes electric pianos in some of your favourite music – it’s been around since the 40s and was later purchased by Fender.
“The Rhodes brand exists because of the unmistakable sound of our keyboards and our incredibly loyal fanbase”, the statement continues. “Love for Rhodes electric pianos has created extensive online communities of passionate owners and enthusiasts, which we celebrate.
“Dedication to progress fuels our passion for music performance and production, along with our desire to see the legacy of the Rhodes keyboard continue far into the future.”
The new Rhodes website is currently inviting those interested to pre-register to get “priority access”. You can sign up to the website and receive updates as they arrive here.
Read the full statement here.