I learned my trade starting in the ‘80’s, most days in a room above a keyboard showroom in Manchester, sometimes on the road to fix gear in studios and even people’s houses. Most of the repairs at the time were electronic or mechanical issues with analogue synthesizers, electric and electronic pianos and organs. Sometimes amplifiers, effects, mixers and other items.
Repairing and servicing vintage keyboards is a mixture of mechanical issues such as broken key-switches, selectors, rotary and slider switches or just things working lose. Typical electronic issues include over-stressed integrated circuits or burned out passive components and power transistors. Power supply problems sometimes cause items to be “dead” and dirt is a favorite for creating noisy sliders, switches and connections in general.
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