Led by master craftsman, Benjamin Bove
Retro Rentals & Restorations has been Los Angeles’ best-kept secret, providing incredible vintage keyboard service to the stars.
Unlock the true potential of each vintage keyboard, one instrument and person at a time.
Years Of Experience
Repairs & Restorations
Exposed at age 14 to a 1972 Fender Rhodes Piano by his jazz director, Bove was entranced by the sound. Buying a Rhodes from 1980 and being intrigued by how different they sounded, he was set on a path that led to a lifetime body of work.
Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Bove found it difficult to find a local Rhodes technician to service his piano. He disassembled and repaired his piano at age 16, and began repairing keyboards for other musicians in Buffalo before moving to Los Angeles, California.
The sheer breadth of the Los Angeles music community thrust him into continuous, regular repair and restoration work. He began supporting musicians both in fixing their pianos, and renting restored pianos for recording dates and tours.
Restless in his pursuit of figuring out how to make vintage keyboards sound better, Bove began sharing his knowledge regularly on the www.fenderrhodes.com forum
(now www.ep-forum.com). He became the global leader in providing advice to the Fender Rhodes world community.
Wanting to continue building upon adoption of vintage instruments and Rhodes piano awareness, he began writing his initial concept for a Fender Rhodes Documentary in 2006.
The documentary film and published book came to life through interviews with legendary music artists and former Fender staff. They shared their life experiences with the Fender Rhodes piano and how it ultimately changed the sound of music from the 1960s through today. It was perfectly coined in the interview with Herbie Hancock: “Nothing sounds like a Rhodes.” The documentary film is currently streaming through Quincy Jones’ Qwest Tv and the book is published by Hal Leonard (Rowman & Littlefield).
Bove continues to restore and rent vintage keyboards in Los Angeles, California. Harnessing a lifetime of knowledge, his goal is to support today’s music artists by unlocking the true, latent potential of vintage keyboard sounds.
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