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Fixing a Digital Piano

*daylia* 05 Apr 04 - 09:26 AM
GUEST,MMario 05 Apr 04 - 09:29 AM
Dave Bryant 05 Apr 04 - 10:11 AM
Pied Piper 05 Apr 04 - 10:21 AM
HiHo_Silver 05 Apr 04 - 10:31 AM
*daylia* 05 Apr 04 - 11:00 AM
*daylia* 05 Apr 04 - 12:32 PM
GUEST 27 Apr 16 - 06:49 PM
Joe Offer 28 Apr 16 - 03:49 AM
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Subject: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: *daylia*
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 09:26 AM

Hi everyone;

I'm wondering if there's any keyboard owners out there who could help me with this problem. The Variation buttons (to change sounds)on my Roland FP8 digital piano have been non-functional for the last couple weeks. The salespeople at the music store where I bought the keyboard over ten years ago tell me the only way to fix it is to send the piano away for repairs at a minimum $50 charge, then $75/hr. I got the same story from a Roland repair site in the US last week.

Before I go to all that trouble and expense, and leave myself without a keyboard to teach on for a few weeks, I'd like to know if there's a spray that's safe to use on a digital keyboard to "unstick" those buttons. I've heard such sprays exist for computers. I'm wondering if anyone here has tried it on a keyboard, or has fixed a "digital" problem at home themselves via any other method.

Thanking you all most musically,

daylia


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 09:29 AM

a lot of time keyboard problems are dust,or other paticles under the keys or on the contacts (obviously this is not with membrane keyboards or some of the newer sealed keyboards)

a can a compressed air will sometimes fix the problem.


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 10:11 AM

Are you sure that it's the buttons themselves - has anything been spilt over them. How many buttons are there ? - if several have stopped functioning at the same time, it sounds more like loose common connection. If the buttons aren't mounted on the main board, it's possible something as simple as a loose connector.


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: Pied Piper
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 10:21 AM

It doesn't sound serious, modern keyboards are really computers pretending to be musical instruments so if the problem was serious you would expect total failure; so it's probably some thing easy to fix.

TTFN
PP


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 10:31 AM

I have enjoyed great success with keyoard problems such as this with electronic contact cleaner available in this area from Radio Shack. Comes in an aersol spray and evaporates very quickly. However, suggest you check with someone more knowledgable as I personally cannot guarantee that it would be safe for your keyboard. It is safe for most electronic equipment, T V, computers etc.and have used it on several keyboards brought in for repair with great results.


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: *daylia*
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 11:00 AM

Thank you very much for the ideas! The Variation buttons did stop working simultaneously, and they are the only two of the 11 on the piano that are non-functioning. I can still use the piano as it is - just can't change from a grand to a honky-tonk piano sound for example. So you're right, Dave, it's probably a loose common connection. Not a major problem. *whew*

The kids I teach can be a bit heavy-handed in their enthusiasm as they explore those sound variations sometimes! GGRRRRRRR I'm 99% sure nothing was spilled on it, as I do keep the plastic cover over it when it's not in use.

I'll look for a can of compressed air, MMario, and for the aerosol HiHo Silver mentioned too. Off to trusty ole Canadian Tire, and Radio Shack then ... and thank you all again!

daylia


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: *daylia*
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 12:32 PM

Well, that was sure a quick fix! A $10 can of spray from Radio Shack and 5 minutes later I'm Maple Leaf Raggin' on a honky-tonk and not a Steinway again. HURRAH!!!

Thank you so VERY much, HiHo Silver! Did you know your advice is worth at least $50 in advance, then about $1.15/minute? Better not let Roland get wind of you!

You Cats are just so purrrrrfectly awesome, and hey this is quite the *wonderful* day!

offtopracticemostgratefullynowdaylia


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 16 - 06:49 PM

Mine will work as a plain piano but not anything digital. It's like it has lost its programming. Is that possible n if so is it reprogramable


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Subject: RE: Fixing a Digital Piano
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Apr 16 - 03:49 AM

Like the problem above, there's a good chance it's a mechanical problem and not electronic. Cleaning with compressed air and maybe some contact cleaner, may do the trick. It's amazing how often it's just dust that's the problem.
Good luck.
-Joe-


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