ROLAND FP-8 ELECTRONIC PIANO / KEYBOARD
PROBLEM REPORT BY CLIENT
1) SOME KEYS NOT GOING BACK UP
2) VOLUME VERY SOFT
This was quite an easy fix.
To sort out the keys that were not going up, I needed to open the keyboard by undoing 8 screws underneath (4 on each end).
Then the keys assembly is removed by undoing some more screws underneath (towards the bottom of the assembly), and some screws to the top of the assembly.
After undoing the ribbon cables from the keys assembly to the main board, you remove the assembly from the rest of the housing.
Use a flat screwdriver at the top of the problem key to gently open the tabs outwards and lift the key out at the same time.
The Hammer assembly’s were broken at the usual point just above the weight. Epoxied the hammers. After drying, reassembled the keys.
To sort out the low volume was simply a matter of replacing several electrolytic smd caps (10uf 16v, 47uf 16v, 100uf 6v) on the main board itself. Replacement caps were sourced from an old DSTV decoder.
Replacing the 2 Capacitors near the main processor also fixed the long start-up time (from the time the unit was switched on, until the time it showed anything on the display.
After this the volume was now at an acceptable level. However the Left speaker set was at full volume no matter what the position of the Volume fader is.
Cleaned out both faders. Noticed that the Monitor fader is damaged and worn out. Swapped it with the one for the Line Output (as that one is not used as often).
The ‘Strings’ button needed to be pressed hard to activate. Replaced the tactile switch on the board
The top ‘C’ key (the rightmost key) intermittently works. After further dissasembling the keys assembly, it was determined that it is the conductive pad and rubber assembly that is worn. This will probably require a workaround or replacement, but that is for the customer to decide if he wants full functioning of that key.