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Post by shaft9000 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:36 pm

Matrix1000 - 1 bad CEM3396 chip, old caps & p/s. Still sounds beautiful, though.
Moog LP - Osc 1 goes 'ping!' when it hits middle C @ 16' setting. More of a quirk than anything - it's easily programmed around and not worth shipping the synth out for.
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Post by theotherleadingbrand » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:25 pm

As karmic retribution for starting this thread, my Juno-106 decided to act up last night. Now middle C requires extra pressure to trigger. Probably a simple fix, but it will have to wait until I get motivated. That could be a while!
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Post by TrondC » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:01 pm

hm.. one missing button on my CR68, does that count? :p

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Post by urgetoplay » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:04 pm

About 6% ( 3 ) has issues, MKS20 w/ scratchy/amp issues. Kurz 2500RS in the shop due to my botched KDFX install and a Fizmo that is currently getting the regulator mod done to it. Ironically all digital. The Analogue stuff is 100% working :wink:
A few pieces of gear need special operator attention : for example nothing can sit on top of the Chroma or it will misbehave.

Trondc makes a point, do missing slider caps etc. count? If so add a DX7IIFD thats missing a slider cap. Anyone want to sell me one?
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Post by alpha5000dk » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:50 pm

The rhythm box in my Casio CT-405 sometimes drifts up and down in tempo, and I can only access half of the instrument sounds.

The repeat function on my MiniKorg 700s isn't working and I have a very hard time tuning it, which annoys me a lot! Just realised some sliders are scratchy...

Both synths needs of course to be fixed, but money is very little, so it'll have to wait...

Everything else works fine :D
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Post by Synthaholic » Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:01 am

My current gear works 100%, but then it's all digital and new, other than the TX802, which is digital and 20 years old but looks new. ;)

My D-50 had one key that played at 100% velocity when struck, and the buttons were a bit difficult at times. Also, one output was weaker than the other, so I used the headphone jack instead. My Polysix needed contacts cleaned a few times, and a tune up/battery replacement one time.
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Post by Yoozer » Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:50 am

Bought my Juno-60 with a dead LFO button, but I'm not missing it much. Recently, some of the keys trigger twice (I'll have to clean the contacts) and the filter LFO goes back down again in intensity when it's at the top. That one will probably be tougher to fix. This will wait however since the first thing I'm going to build in as soon as I can spare some cash will be a D-Tronics MIDI interface.

JX8P has no functional aftertouch, but I'm not surprised about that.

Digitech DSP-16+ (antique rack multieffects unit) has a dizzy dial; since I only use a single preset it takes a minute or two of wiggling up and down, and then I'm there. I could probably shorten that with a dedicated patch select pedal.

JP8080 has a slightly dodgy volume knob but since it's kept in the right position it's not a problem and I'm going to sell it soon anyway.
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Post by MrFrodo » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:13 pm

As far as I know, only my Voyager and QS6 work as well as they're supposed to. (the 05r w sounds great, but the right channel doesn't work; the JX-10 may befully functional, but I can't tell.)
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Post by neandrewthal » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:57 pm

urgetoplay wrote:About 6% ( 3 )
You have 50 synths :?: :o :shock:
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Post by factual35 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:24 am

Right now all my electronic instruments, effects and recording gear work 100% but I have a bass guitar of my girlfriend's that needs to be fixed.

I recently had to repair my MRT-3b, the outputs were cutting in and out and i t was driving me insane trying to make it put out sound during sessions. I took it to the guitar store, and they couldnt figure out what was wrong, and then it took me all of 15 mins to find the problem and fix it.

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Post by nathanscribe » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:47 pm

shaft9000 wrote:Moog LP - Osc 1 goes 'ping!' when it hits middle C @ 16' setting. More of a quirk than anything - it's easily programmed around and not worth shipping the synth out for.
Mine used to do something like that on the D below mid C at 4'. Apparently it's a calibration data glitch, and generally sorts itself out after a few tunings. Mine no longer does it so don't despair.

A couple of sliders on my Junos are getting crappy, but still work. And my Linn Drum doesn't glitches if left off for more than a few days. Battery problem, apparently. Other than a dull backlight on the old Akai, and an occasional long warm-up time for the Mirage, that's it. Nothing major (crosses fingers and taps nearest bit of wood). I solved my CS-15's dodgy external input switch by bypassing it temporarily until I can be arsed to go back in there and replace it, but it's such a pain to work on I probably won't bother.

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Post by EmptySet » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:06 pm

I tend to buy gear that is in the 90%-95% working condition range. It usually doesn't take much to get them to 100% if you're not afraid of a bit of soldering or keyboard removal and/or cleaning. The added benefit of course is that I can usually pick these synths up for a song. (since they're "broken"). I actually got my VFX-SD for free. When I got it home, it was missing a $1 fuse from radio shack.

I also picked up a Prophet600 for half price because (a) the presets were missing from ram and (b) the wood was minorly scuffed. $30 and an order with synthwoods made it look like a new synth. 2 minutes of transfering sysex data from my Mac to the P600 restored it's presets to factory condition. Granted I like to tinker, but only a very little bit.

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Post by Synthazaiser » Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:58 am

Something in my CP-30 got fried in an electrical storm and now it doesn't work, so it's in the shop to be fixed. Unfortunately, the guy fixing it is deadly slow when it comes to repairs.
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Post by theplateauxofmirror » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:33 pm

my collection, while small, is in good shape. i've got a busted key on my k-station and i lost a slider, but electronically it's fine. my piano forte has really noisy outputs, which i could probably clean up, but i never use it so i haven't gotten around to it.
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Post by Solderman » Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:09 pm

I'm led to believe not all CEM3320's are created equally. My Pro~One sounds different, somewhat thinner than others I've heard.
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