Arp Odyssey Restoration

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Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by shipatsea » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:26 pm

Got this thing from analoglsd last Friday and finished it up last night. I replaced all the capacitors, soaked and rinsed all the boards, cleaned the case, cleaned and lubed all switches and sliders, rebuilt the power supply and replaced all the old key bushings. Here are photos from the day I got it to 6 days later completion.

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Here she is now!

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And here is a little video testing out how the sliders track. Love this filter and those oscillators really rip!




Seriously in love with the Odyssey and still getting used to the layout.
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by silikon » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:30 pm

Pretty brave. Saw a direct and rather heavy downpour of water and :o . How did you ensure 100% there was no water residual in the sliders or switches (or anywhere else for that matter)?

What did you soak the boards in?

It actually looks like it was in quite nice shape before you began cleaning it up... I can't see much fault in the original condition... and the boards look almost identical in condition to the two Ody Mark 3's I own as well...
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by shipatsea » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:37 pm

silikon wrote:Pretty brave. Saw a direct and rather heavy downpour of water and :o . How did you ensure 100% there was no water residual in the sliders or switches (or anywhere else for that matter)?

What did you soak the boards in?

It actually looks like it was in quite nice shape before you began cleaning it up... I can't see much fault in the original condition... and the boards look almost identical in condition to the two Ody Mark 3's I own as well...
Well the boards had to come out to replace the capacitors so while they were out mind as well clean it all up and get the sliders smooth. I soaked them in simple green for a few before rinsing them under warm water. Had this process not been documented before by Kevin Lightner and others I never would have thought to spray these out but all the sliders feel like new now. I used compressed air and a blow dryer to get them dry. Once it was all dry I then did the cap job and then cleaned and lubed the sliders with the Caig stuff.
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by silikon » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:49 pm

Share some links? (to the documentation) :)
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by shipatsea » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:02 pm

Everything is laid out well in this thread:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/electron ... water.html

I don't have a water softener but I got the boards dry so quick it wasn't an issue. I do highly recommend making sure you do only one board at a time. Also I was lucky that my filter board was not encased in epoxy or whatever it is they used so recapping it and replacing the 4 resistors to fix the frequency error on the filter was easy as pie. I also labeled each connector. I just numbered each one with a sharpie so I hooked it all back up right.

Key bushings - http://www.vintagevibe.com/p-484-synthe ... hings.aspx

Capacitor Kit - http://www.newenglandanalog.com/store_electronics.php

Great results for under $60 :D
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by Aaron2 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:33 pm

Nice thread, pictures, and video. Thanks for posting them.

In picture #4, it looks like you've applied some soapy stuff to your control panel. What is it? And how long did you soak it like that?

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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by GuyaGuy » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:37 pm

Come over to restore my Roland HS60 voice chips and I'll buy you a beer!

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Post by shipatsea » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:54 pm

Aaron2 wrote:Nice thread, pictures, and video. Thanks for posting them.

In picture #4, it looks like you've applied some soapy stuff to your control panel. What is it? And how long did you soak it like that?

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That's just windex. I let it soak about a minute before wiping it off.
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I thought you sold that for some reason. You need to talk to the guy that did the Juno-60 I had. He is very good.
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by GuyaGuy » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:11 am

Nah I want to Restore it before deciding if it's a keeper. Will probably try the fix myself but we'll see how that goes. Anyhoo, I don't want to derail your thread. Back to the Arp action!

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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by walkathon » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:16 am

Wow, what a beaut, congrats. Did a similar restoration to my MKII after that Lightner vid made the rounds, and it basically made the synth playable (& lovable) again. Only recommendation I'd have would be to do a final rinse with deionized water after using tap water.

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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by shipatsea » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:08 pm

walkathon wrote:Wow, what a beaut, congrats. Did a similar restoration to my MKII after that Lightner vid made the rounds, and it basically made the synth playable (& lovable) again. Only recommendation I'd have would be to do a final rinse with deionized water after using tap water.

Thanks! I like what you did with that Korg 770.
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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by walkathon » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:26 am

shipatsea wrote:
walkathon wrote:Wow, what a beaut, congrats. Did a similar restoration to my MKII after that Lightner vid made the rounds, and it basically made the synth playable (& lovable) again. Only recommendation I'd have would be to do a final rinse with deionized water after using tap water.

Thanks! I like what you did with that Korg 770.
good words, thx!

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Re: Arp Odyssey Restoration

Post by Synthetik » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:10 am

One thing Kevin Lightner won't do is spray any Craig products in those sliders.

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