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Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by vladimotor » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:41 am

Just got a brand new keyboard and immediately spilled half a mug of black coffee(no sugar) into it :x :x :(
Any tips? Is it really bad? :( :( :(

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by White » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:51 am

I shouldn't think so, but then I'm no expert (I've spilt coffee all over my computer once and it still works). Was it cheap coffee or expensive coffee?
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by vladimotor » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:40 am

Not an instant kind, really wonderful Colombian roast :cry:

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Zamise » Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:33 pm

yeah that is bad, you'll have to make another cup. Total waste of coffee.
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Betterthanprozac » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:49 pm

What kind of keyboard? I can assure that the Wurlitzer 200 is coffee ready. Beverages make synths behave funny though...as they say, give it 3 days or drop it from 3 feet to fix.

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by V301H » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:13 pm

Good thing there was no sugar in the coffee. Sugar could cause serious corrosion. You may have some permanent stains though.
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by cryabetes » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:18 pm

before powering it on, you may want to do the 'oh c**p the mobile was dropped in a puddle' thing, where you make an airtight environment (plastic) and have something hydrophilic like rice or baking soda or kitty litter inside said environ too to absorb the moisture and leave it for a few days. I'd just be careful not to uh fill your keyboard with rice or baking soda or whatever.

I recommend large sheets of plastic like they use for wrapping pallets. a local supermarket could probably hook you up with this.

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Alex E » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:29 pm

What synthesizer was it?

I spilled a full cup on my macbook once. It turned itself off and I was 90% sure it was dead. I opened it up and cleaned the inside with paper towels and had a fan blow on it overnight. Seemed to do the trick.

When I got my phone wet and I was 90% that was dead too, I did the "take the battery out and keep it in rice" trick for several hours and it worked.

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Cumulus » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:26 pm

You may notice that the internal clock runs fast for a while and then it will crash around 3:00 pm.

The next morning it will want more coffee.

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Cumulus » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:27 pm

Sorry to make light of your situation. Seriously, good luck with it. All of the previous advice is good. Make sure it's dry before you power it on.

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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Sir Ruff » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:47 pm

Cumulus wrote:You may notice that the internal clock runs fast for a while and then it will crash around 3:00 pm.

The next morning it will want more coffee.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

No, seriously, it may be a good idea to let it sit outside in the sun (covered of course)... that will help dry it out pretty quickly. Using another absorbent material like rice seems like a good idea, but I would imagine that might take a while on a keyboard.

you may want to open it up for the h**l of it and see what got soaked. Coffee does have a good amount of residue to it which could maybe affect things over time, so since you've already dunked it once, rinsing it off now with water or alcohol could prevent future issues... just a thought.
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by gd » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:39 pm

Cool you have a new MS20 clone- Filtered Coffee, they are rare and highly desirable. :lol:
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by cornutt » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:58 am

Cumulus wrote:You may notice that the internal clock runs fast for a while and then it will crash around 3:00 pm.

The next morning it will want more coffee.
Easy to fix. Spill some Red Bull and vodka on it. If that doesn't work, try cocaine.
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by Sir Ruff » Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:14 am

cornutt wrote:If that doesn't work, try cocaine.
Probably easy enough to find depending on the age of the board!
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Re: Coffee spilled into the synth - what to expect?

Post by atlantida » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:12 pm

Great lesson there! lol If I were you - depending on time/will - I would open the synth and clean the keyboard/contacts.
Recently I got a Yamaha AN1X; I always open my used synths after purchase...and it was full of coffee rests, lol, so I cleaned it out and also cleaned and resoldered some circuits; it works well enough but sometimes it gives out some terrible cracking sounds before it warmed up. Hope you don't get any problems but it's always wise to take a look inside after such accident...(I use denatured alcohol for cleaning contacts; it worked always well)
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