The Repaired Synthesizer

The guy in Dayton that did the warranty repair on my Roland Fantom G6 did a poor job, in my humble opinion. The heads of the screws were torn up, some screws were cross-threaded and didn’t fit flush with the case; and even worse, some screws were left entirely loose! This caused the case to be noisy, and was really starting to get on my nerves. So, I decided last night that I was going to disassemble the unit and put it back together — the right way.

One thing that really bothered me was the fact that the replacement display was not installed straight. My main goal was to find out why it was not lined up right anymore. As it turns out, one of the screws that holds the display in place was only finger tight, thus causing one of the corners to drop down a bit, making it appear to be skewed when looking at it from directly above. I also discovered that the clip that holds the display’s ribbon cable in place on the main board was broken. It’s just like a laptop computer ribbon cable, where you have to raise the retaining clip on both sides before yanking on the cable, which is what appeared to have happened. Fortunately, it can still be used to hold the cable in place firmly. The portion that was broken off was used primarily to keep the clip from separating from the socket itself, while the cable is being removed. Anyway, the synthesizer is back together again. I feel much better now.

About Eric DeBrosse

Lead developer of the Orion Engine.
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