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TX816's Powersupply is singing.

Post by TRANSISTOR FACE » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:41 am

So like yeah, I got hooked up with a decked out tx816 and qx1 sequencer for 125$... and they're both in pretty good condition. The qx1 had a floppy diskette melt inside the drive somehow... but I fixed that up and now it's pretty much as good as the day it came out of the box!

The tx816 needs a few batteries replaced but that's no biggy. The only real problem at this point is that I can't get the powersupply to stop singing! It just makes this crazy high-tone. Sometimes it doesnt for a bit... but it's getting harder and harder to have it keep quiet.

Are there any fixes I can do myself for this? I'm really strapped for cash and would reaaaally rather not have to pay the techs to do what I figure is a pretty standard fix.

Thanks!

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Re: TX816's Powersupply is singing.

Post by gmeredith » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:02 am

The singing transformer is a known issue also with earlier TX81z's - I have 2 of them that get together and do harmonies :lol:

Does the tone also come out of the audio outputs? If so, it could be the power supply filter capacitors need replacing. This isn't a very difficult or expensive thing to do - you might even be able to do them yourself.

Check out the Yamaha Black Boxes forum - I think this thing has been discussed there before:

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/yamahablackboxes/

If the noise is only physical - and not coming through the audio outs, then its's just a simple vibration issue.
In the TX81z service notes it mentions to service technicians to install a steel cover over the transformer, to prevent magnetic vibration of the steel chassis due to the transformer coils. You could probably do the same thing to your TX816 - it sounds like the same thing.

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Re: TX816's Powersupply is singing.

Post by TRANSISTOR FACE » Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:21 am

Thanks man! I'll definitely check out that website.

I don't know if it comes out from the outputs aswell... to be honest I havn't bothered to even plug it in yet. I'm thinking of just flipping it and making a few bucks... I already have a dx7 and am finding it hard to justify keeping the unit when I've still got some gear that needs to be fixed. but I won't lie, there's something appealing about having the FM power of 9Dx7s.

I'm also wondering if maybe it could be fun to make FM only tracks and use the qx1 sequencer as a dedicated sequencer only for the tx816. Make some really cool 80s stuff...

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Re: TX816's Powersupply is singing.

Post by minime123 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:27 pm

we just sold one of our tx816s which had a high pitch coming from the power supply section as well.
weve got 2 more at the moment. 1 is for sale but the other one is a keeper. next time i rearrange my studio, im going to add it to my setup as 8 x original DX7s in a 4 space rack is just too awesome to not put to use, period. a MIDI'ed korg polysix is another synth that will have to make its way into my setup as well. ive resisted for years but the time has come!
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