Repair Roland TB-303 Vintage Analog Synthesizer Reparatur Service19. April 2020
Repair LinnDrum Vintage Drum Computer Reparatur Service3. Mai 2020
Here is a repair story of a LinnDrum that came in with Snare Drum / Sidestick not working and some, meanwhile common, boot issues. Customer had a modified LinnDrum where you can easily swap the eproms. While he was in a creative production we pluged in the eproms in the wrong direction. Since that time these instruments only play a short trigger click.
I traced down the fault to a dead AM6070 digital to analog converter. I found a replacement on ebay and the instrument(s) came back to life.
I found some leaky capacitors in the individual audio outputs and customer agreed to get them replaced. I used nichicon audio grade capacitors for the replacement.
Then I spotted this weak audio jack and I swapped it with the click jack, which is not so heavily used like the stereo outputs. Both are still working.
Overall I found weak or questionable solder joints, which I re-flowed. Also re-flowed and cleaned up all the molex, since there was battery corrosion spotted from a previous damage.
All the slider potentiometer sounded and looked very dirty and scratchy, so I sugested to clean them professionally. Open, clean, close ... no contact spray used.
Finally I modified the power safe circuit and used a modern reset IC. The old IC was heavily corroded and the original circuit isn't that great anyway.
There are lethal voltage exposed in electronic devices. Unless you know what you are doing, don’t try this. If you following along, you doing so at your own risk.
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