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Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by jeeroj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:14 pm

hey guys,
I just received an Ensoniq ESQ1. It seems to have 'stuck notes' which continuously play, I guess i need to check some kind of contacts to do with the keyboard. What am I looking for and how do i find it?

thanks in advance :)
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by jeeroj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:20 pm

ah, just did a soft reset and it works for now. Occasionally it seems to go back to the problem. is there a ribbon connector i can check? :)
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by jeeroj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:21 pm

right, it's the top G# and A# which are the problem.

when I first switch it on the A# note is stuck on and constantly plays. The G# is a dead key and makes no sound. If I do a soft reset the problem goes away. I've found where the keyboard ribbon lead attaches to the main board and unplugged it then plugged it back in. How do I get to the actual keyboard bits under the keys?
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by rhino » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:41 pm

There are 8-10 large black screws under the case that hold the keyboard in...WATCH the lengths IIRC they are different. Then tip the keys up at the front and GENTLY work the keybed out forward and out. It's a tight fit at the panel with the wheels. When you re-install it, be careful not to trap any of the ribbon cables under the mountings of the keyboard...you'll puncture then with the screws if you do.
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by jeeroj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:13 pm

thanks Rhino! :thumbsup:

once the keybed is out, what should i be looking for?
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by jeeroj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:48 pm

took the keybed out and noticed on the 2 keys the springy bits that hold them had slipped out. All working great now!!!

awwwwwwwww-riiiiiiiiiiiiiight!
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by rhino » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:05 pm

Good work !
If you need new springs, or the nylon thingies that hold them, go to:

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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by minime123 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:33 pm

while youre in there, you might also wanna change the battery if that hasnt been done in recent years.
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 'stuck' notes?

Post by jeeroj » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:36 pm

the previous owner had done the battery already, I'm on OS 3.50 too. :)


I'm still trying to get my head round the programming of the synth itself....

I'd love to hear tips on programming it tho :D
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