Hi all, new here,
I finally decided to start learning how to play a piano.
A few weeks ago I started looking for a digital piano, and wow, they are pretty expensive.
I was searching for a Roland (because everyone told me to) and I found a Roland FP-8 at a online marketplace, free to pick up because it was not working anymore.
I immediately called him, got an old man on the phone who told me that he used the piano for many many years and recently had the transistors replaced because the sound was getting very soft. After the repair the piano still did not work,
sometimes there was nothing wrong, but most of the time there was a loud cracking sound and it did not respond to anything,
so he thought that it was just too old to get it repaired again.
I thought by myself, hey. if it works sometimes without a problem than I will give it a try, nothing to loose here but time.
Picked it up (wow, this thing is heavy) and completely took it apart. I cleaned every corner of it, moved 2 broken hammer weights to the most left and right keys (will not use those very often I guess), completely covered all hammer weights in ethyl cyaanacrylaat so it will not crack any further (almost all hammer weights had cracks but that belongs to this type as I had read on different forums).
I bought the service manual at a online site, checked all the cables and transistors and found out that the last repair was not done very good. There was a lot of tin on the poles, probably short circuiting sometimes. I spend a day cleaning out all the extra tin, got everything together again and gave it a try!
Yeah! it worked like a charm! great sound!
I am using it for a few weeks now, ordered 2 replacement hammer weights through ebay to repair both keys and we have already had a lot of fun with it!
My daughter likes it and can proudly play some simple tunes on it, how great is that!
I think that I was very lucky on this and I hope to have a nice piano for some time.
I guess when we like it we will eventually look for a different one with more options, but for now I hope it will do.
Tips for a new beginner are welcome! I guess I have a lot to learn upcoming years.
Here are some pictures.