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Replacing Korg MS-10 internal transformer (100v to 240v)
Old 13th February 2019
Replacing Korg MS-10 internal transformer (100v to 240v)

I'd like to replace the Japanese internal transformer of my Korg MS-10 with a 240v one. Judging from the schematics (see picture) the transformer is a simple 36v centre tapped to get +/-18v which then gets regulated down to 15v...

However when measuring (unloaded) the transformer currently in the unit, I found it to be a 60v centre tapped to get +/-30v! I know that unloaded measurement is not an accurate representation of a transformer actual voltages but I was under the impression that the difference is generally about 5~10%...
Not almost double!

Is there any particular reason why Korg would have wanted to have around 30v on input only to make the regulators to work that much harder to slam it down to 15v?
Maybe (probably) I'm missing something here...

Any advice?

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Old 13th February 2019
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Just replace it with an appropriate transformer of the same size, 18 volts aside, 1A to 2A.
Old 13th February 2019
Thanks for the reply!
In actual fact I found out elsewhere that the transformer is actually a multi-tap primary!

A bit of further investigation and turns out this is the same transformer used on the MS-03. On the MS-10 any details about the transformer are omitted but n the MS-03 manual it clearly states that this transformer KA-680 is tappable for "100v, 220v and 240v".
I didn't take apart the whole unit but on closer inspection, just behind the fuse holder area, neatly tucked away and wrapped on themselves are two other taps! :o

I'm told the wire colors correspond to the following:
Brown wire for 100V
Orange wire for 220V
Yellow wire for 240V

So it should be as easy as rewiring the primary. I'm told though, that I should replace the fuse as well. Right now all I can see on the manual and the synth itself says "0.5A 250V" which is what I have already in there now...
Old 13th February 2019
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Well spotted! That makes it much easier.
Old 15th December 2019
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Hey! I just bought a ms20 and I am looking to do the same thing, how did it work out? Did you take any photos of the process?
Old 11th August 2020
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Have you verified the color coding of the wires?
I just want to be sure before doing anything and couldn't find any info on this on the interweb.

Old 11th August 2020
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Are you sure you don't want to use an external adapter?

Those 20 watts need a pretty small one.
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