Best synth repair in VA/DC/MD/NC? (or value of dead OB-Xa?)
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14th March 2013
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Best synth repair in VA/DC/MD/NC? (or value of dead OB-Xa?)

I've given up on repairing my OB-Xa. I took it to a local place (in Richmond, VA) a while back and they couldn't do it.

Would be okay doing a weekend road trip. Would greatly prefer such a road trip to shipping the OB out both ways.

I searched this site and found out about Time Voyage Music in MD, who managed to fix some guy's Memorymoog (so an OB-Xa should be no problem), but haven't heard back after contacting them. Are they still active?



...Alternatively, I could sell the dead OB-Xa for parts. At the very least, the eight voice cards should fetch a decent sum. I assume I could get a Juno-60 with the cash (that arpeggiator!), or I could pay out of pocket and get another OB (Xa or 8).
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Not super far, but worth it.
Three Wave music in North Jersey.

I can't say I know how well the guy repairs gear but he's a friendly guy and has a wonderful warehouse of synths.

Hope you can resurrect it.
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I would NOT go to Three Wave Music, due to a recent thread on here, he seems like a scam artist!

Professional Prophet 600 owners!

What is the problem with the OBXA specifically?
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List of problems with the OB:
- Completely unresponsive - ripple in the AC current
- Keyboard connector cable damaged (clumsy me) - trying replacement connector
- Possible keyboard scaling problems?
Not as much of a problem:
- 32-program version (no upgrade available without going MIDI?)


My idea was to ship out just the power supply board, but mine is an early model and won't be compatible with the PSBs from most OB-Xas.

I contacted Three Wave Music about such a possibility, but they said they would need the entire unit. I am exploring all possible options before shipping out the entire keyboard.
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I know this is NY, but if you were willing to ship as far as NJ then this guy in NY is a safe bet. I know him and we talk analog synth shop all the time. Competent and honest.

TSR (Twining Speaker Repair & Pro Audio)
Bob Twining
Whitney Point, NY
1-800-841-1815

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"Prototypes, Inc" is a specialty vintage synth repair shop in Kensington, Maryland

It is run by a couple of older guys and I don't believe they have a proper website or anything. Their number is 240.223.0020 and they are open M-F 10-4.

Both times I've stopped by they had rare vintage gear on their workbench (Arp 2600, Prophet 5), so people are trusting them with synths of similar caliber to the OBXa. I dropped off a Poly61 on Monday so I can't yet personally vouch for their turnaround or pricing though.
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Not super far, but worth it.
Three Wave music in North Jersey.

I can't say I know how well the guy repairs gear but he's a friendly guy and has a wonderful warehouse of synths.

Hope you can resurrect it.
I was going to suggest them as they are an hour away from me. They can pretty much fix anything and if they can't they will find someone who can.
They're synths are very overpriced IMO, but maybe their service is more reasonable.
Then there is shipping issues.
I would fix the beast. Get ti up and running.
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Someone who might be able to rebuild my power supply board has contacted me. I'm going to revisit this thread after I see if this works out.

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"Prototypes, Inc" is a specialty vintage synth repair shop in Kensington, Maryland

It is run by a couple of older guys and I don't believe they have a proper website or anything. Their number is 240.223.0020 and they are open M-F 10-4.
Might give them a shot, but would have to take a day off from work to do the drop-off.
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I live in the DC area, and know of no reputable synth repair services locally (not that they're not around, but I have no information either way)...

That said, if you don't mind a bit of a drive or shipping, in the NYC area there are two that I can recommend:

EARS NYC Ears Expert Audio and Repair Service: (212) 868-HELP (4357) Fax: (212) 868-2492

The Analog Lab The Analog Lab

Also, as long as the thing is in good physical shape, I might be interested in picking it up as I can do repair on them (but have no formal business to advertise)...

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if it's just the power supply board those are all standard components ie no hard to find CPU, Curtis chips etc. I wouldn't give up, but the point is you don't know, you only know the symptoms. I would definitely drive or ship it, let the tech figure out exactly what is wrong, give them the entire unit to test.

Shipping does costs a little, but I wouldn't be too scared, the Xa is built quite well and as you've seen, is very clean inside. Good luck, it seems that you have a good chance.




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...Alternatively, I could sell the dead OB-Xa for parts. At the very least, the eight voice cards should fetch a decent sum. I assume I could get a Juno-60 with the cash (that arpeggiator!), or I could pay out of pocket and get another OB (Xa or 8).
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One possible problem solved - I forgot I got an IDC connector for the keyboard ribbon cable.

Questions:

- How do I attach the IDC connector? I read that a vise is used to secure the connector, but the pins are outside and would get crushed.
- What lube is best for giving the Pratt-Read keybed a smoother action?
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No lube will fix the dried rubber keyguides in PR keyboards. They ALL dry out.
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No lube will fix the dried rubber keyguides in PR keyboards. They ALL dry out.
I meant after replacing the bushings. I bought the new bushings pre-lubed but apparently there wasn't enough lube.
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I think I need a new 16-pin ribbon cable for the keyboard at this point.

All of the 16-pin cables I see have the wrong connector, which would involve replacing the board's connectors too.
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If you want to do a big roadtrip I would say come here to montreal and let nicolas ramcur fix it up. He's awesome and works super fast. He brought back many dead synths, only guy I know who repairs trashed cs-80s within a month max. He brought my broken ob-x 8 voice back in 3 days, which included fixing it (had insane problems) and he also restored it because it was pretty trashed. If you're serious about coming you could email him and figure something out. Also montreal we have great smoke meat and bagels which will be a bonus!
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Hey I just want to mention ProTech in Silver Spring. They've worked on a keyboard, drum machine and guitar amp for me and I've been very happy. I don't know if they'd be considered synth specialists but they definitely repair a lot of gear. I know they're an official Roland repair shop.

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