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Montreal/South-shore area tech needed for Wavestation EX

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:35 pm
by Spadz
Hi,

I'm looking for a tech that could do a good keyboard re-lubricating job as the keys are sort of ruff. According to what i found on the net, it's a very typical problem. This Wavestation has been used... and some buttons are also stubborn. I also have a few other keyboards that i will want to have fixed soon. Stuff i've been given here and there.


If there is some kind of sticky message with a list of techs by region, please indicate it to me.

Thanks alot.

Spadz

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:30 pm
by Maschinengeist
http://www.vintagesynth.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4290

Not really sorted but that could help

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:55 pm
by Spadz
Thanks.

I haven't found any around Montreal. I've been messaging with xonox, he mentioned you. But Sherbrooke is a little far. I live in Brossard, South-shore of Montreal.

I have nothing to ship it with, and i'd rather go drop it off myself... I might contact you anyways if i don't find any solution.

Thanks

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:05 pm
by ewblank
Hey there,

You can try giving these guys a call and ask for a quote: http://www.generation.net/~musicr/index.html

I once asked them if they could fix some key problems on a Juno-6 and they quoted me $35/hour as their rate for synth tech work.

Also - check around on craigslist - I've a guy who posts ads as a synth tech - but it's been a while since I've seen it.

Good luck.

ew

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:35 am
by Johnny Lenin
I haven't lived in Montreal for a couple of years, but I remember a luthier somewhere in the 400 block on Gilford. Just wondering, is Technopolis related to them?

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:46 am
by Spadz
ewblank wrote:Hey there,

You can try giving these guys a call and ask for a quote: http://www.generation.net/~musicr/index.html

I once asked them if they could fix some key problems on a Juno-6 and they quoted me $35/hour as their rate for synth tech work.

Also - check around on craigslist - I've a guy who posts ads as a synth tech - but it's been a while since I've seen it.

Good luck.

ew
Hi,

I checked the link and it's technopolis. It's a good idea, i'll call them tomorrow. I live on the south shore of Montreal, and i've left a message to a tech in Chambly referred by a tech at Korg canada. If i get news from him, i'll keep you posted. It seems to be a PITA finding a good tech for vintage synths around. Someone sent me a message with an email he took from craiglist also.

Thanks alot

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:48 am
by Spadz
Johnny Lenin wrote:I haven't lived in Montreal for a couple of years, but I remember a luthier somewhere in the 400 block on Gilford. Just wondering, is
Technopolis related to them?

I'm not sure. I haven't been there for a fricken long time. I'll ask them when i call, just for the sake of it!

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:53 am
by xonox
Technopolis is inside another store called "Le musiquaire" i think. Last time i went there it was like different sections of the same store. I called them about 3-4 months ago for repair services and they told me to call back later and ask the manager. Italmelodie have a repair service but i don't think they'd fix vintage gear and it might take a while before they even take a look at your gear.

I've seen the ad for the tech on craigslist about 2 weeks ago. I do not know him. I'm currently dealing with Maschinengeist for some hard to fix machines with hard to fix problems, so far i couldn't be happier. He is dedicated to customer service so for me it's been worth going to his place even if it's a bit far. He's very friendly too :)

(Spadz : i know i've told you most of this already but i'm posting here for future reference, it's difficult to find info on techs around montreal)

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:28 pm
by ewblank
Hey guys,

Late response, but yes indeed la musicaire and technopolis are the same store. Basically they sell guitars etc... in the front and the back is all synths, but there are different guys who run each section - so there's always a chance that you show up and the synth guy isn't there.

I wouldn't bother trying Italmelodie - place is great when you need to buy new gear or cables, gig bags, and stuff like that, but I wouldn't trust them on tech stuff.

As a last resort - you could always try an actual electrician - one of those TV repair guys should know enough about electronics to fix your typical synth problems, and they probably charge less than someone who calls themself a "synth tech" and has most likey just graduated from Aviron Technical Institute's electrician program.

Just a thought.

cheers,
ew

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:00 pm
by Maschinengeist
Do you that to repair a TV, you only need a Professional High School Diploma? And that the so called synth techs have a college degree and many side studies. Also, that a synth tech is more apt to pin out a synth problem than a TV repair guy or the general electronics guy.

Trust me on this, a bunch of my customers come from the local repairshop only to be disappointed. A spacialist is a specialist. Sure, your generalist knows the human body but would I trust him for an open heart surgery.

As for myself, that's all I do synths. No Nintendo, no microwave ovens, no nothing else but electronic musical instruments. My bet is that I know a bit more on the subject than the guy next door with a soldering iron.

My 2 cents.

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:47 pm
by Spadz
Maschinengeist wrote:Do you that to repair a TV, you only need a Professional High School Diploma? And that the so called synth techs have a college degree and many side studies. Also, that a synth tech is more apt to pin out a synth problem than a TV repair guy or the general electronics guy.

Trust me on this, a bunch of my customers come from the local repairshop only to be disappointed. A spacialist is a specialist. Sure, your generalist knows the human body but would I trust him for an open heart surgery.

As for myself, that's all I do synths. No Nintendo, no microwave ovens, no nothing else but electronic musical instruments. My bet is that I know a bit more on the subject than the guy next door with a soldering iron.

My 2 cents.

From previous experiences, i tend to agree with you. They'll be able to fix a more general issue, but they don't have the experienc on particuliarities of synths.

If that guy from Chambly doesn't call back, i might have to take a trip to Sherbrooke... I'll bring more than just the Wavestation if i get to do that.

BTW, if i bring you the Wavestation for cleanup and regreasing, how long would it take? I don't mean in hours but when would i get it back?

Thanks

Spadz

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:52 pm
by ewblank
Hey,

Sorry if I sounded like I was dissing synth techs - didn't mean to. I know if I had a minimoog or something of high value, I would think twice before going to the corner electrician. I just wanted to mention it as an option.

I've known a few people over the years who've had gear mod'ed and fixed by average electricians withiout complaint. The guitar player in one of my old bands used to do all his own tech work - he had formal training as an electrician, and was pretty good with schematics and soldering iron.

Hey - I may even call you for some work I need on my Juno 6 one day - if I ever decide I want to start lugging that beast around to gigs again, that is ;-)

cheers,
ew

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:08 pm
by Spadz
How about organizing a road trip to Sherbrooke for a few guys with synths to repair? We would save a bunch on shipping...

I have a Windstar I could take 3 guy/gal and several pieces.

Could be amusing

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:21 pm
by ewblank
That sounds like a great idea - unfortunately I'm out of town a lot over the next couple of months, so I'm not too available.

Maybe when things settle down a bit in the summer, I'll post a synth-repair road trip Sherbrooke topic and see if we could get something together.

cheers,
ew

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:06 pm
by Spadz
Great! You can PM me when you do so.