ESQ-m fader repair - doable by an amateur?

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ESQ-m fader repair - doable by an amateur?

Post by Entropy Farmer » Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:10 am

Just eBayed an ESQ-m and the front faders seem to have mostly busted in transport. Wiggling the volume fader seems to get it to connect every once in awhile. Data fader is in the same state. The action on the faders themselves doesn't feel broken, so I think maybe something just came loose.

Think I might be able to field this one with a dab of solder?

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Post by minime123 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:30 pm

i think the solder might work... its worth a shot.
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Post by Entropy Farmer » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:44 am

Cracked it open and checked things out. Wires looked to be attached OK. Jiggling them a bit resulted in the volume fader actually causing things to be audible, so I don't really know what's up there. Still deciding whether to return it or not - I'm afraid this thing will up and fail if I breath on it too hard. Sounds GREAT though!

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Post by micahjonhughes » Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:53 am

Be sure none of the other connections between the boards have wiggled loose before giving it up. Since you have it open, push all of the connections tightly back together. Just don't do this while it's plugged in.

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Post by Maschinengeist » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:35 pm

Please excuse my senility, but if I understand the problem correctly, the volume fader generate noise, right? And the data slider works only once in a while, right?

If so, as suggested, make sure all is properly connected. Something loose (flat strap or wire) will cause intermitence. Inspect the solder joints: they might seem ok but with magnifyer, you might see cracks and that will inflict intermitence.

It's quipte possible that the slider are extremely filthy too. First go with a can of air to remove the c**p. A bit of contact cleaner can help. READ INTRUCTIONS! If you want deep cleaning, gently pop them up and clean them with wooden Q-Tips and alcohol. Let it all dry before plug the ESQ-m in.

Hope that helps
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Post by Entropy Farmer » Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:16 am

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Started the return process and grabbed an SQ-80 off the bay instead.

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