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Should I fix or buy new one?
#2911252 11/12/19 05:13 PM
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Hi everyone,

I have a Yamaha CVP-403 that I bought new 10 years ago for around 4K USD. Recently when I play chords, one of the key would sound louder than the other notes in the chord. Normally, it's the G key. This doesn't happen all the time, but may be about 2-3 times out of 10 times when the I strike the chord. Playing the G key by itself doesn't produce this problem. And this happened to more than 1 G keys on the keyboard.

A nice Roland FP-30 is $700, the FP-60 is about 1.5K. Since it's new technology, the piano sounds are very nice. I think nicer than the 10 years old Yamaha that I have. I can also hook it up to the internet for all kind of cool stuffs.

I don't know how much it would cost to repair my Yamaha, but I don't think it's cheap. Should I even bother to fix it or just buy the new Roland?

Thanks for your inputs,

Jen

Re: Should I fix or buy new one?
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The problem is a common one. Either dust under the rubber key contact of the affected G key, or a defective rubber contact.
Labor will likely run $100 to $200. That's just the nature of the biz.
If you need the replacement part it costs $17.

So ... which do you prefer? Fix or replace?

Re: Should I fix or buy new one?
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Thanks for the quick reply. I thought it would cost like $500 or more. In that case, I would strongly consider buying the Roland. If it's less than $300, I will fix it.

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If you are a bit handy taking it apart is not undoable - just being metodic.
I've done it on Fatar keybeds to a Kurzweil and to Roland D-50 synth as well.
Usually it's two connections made by leading rubber - first to start measure velocity and second the end measuring.

Second hand value will become low if not fixing it anyway. Perfect for somebody having a child starting to play if it's working - and on a budget.

If that old - even fixing this will soon be another key failing. That's what happend to me - a couple of times I did that on keys.

Don't know if it will stop at that money doing all keys played the most even.

Ask workshop how they do it?

So fix and sell off - or be prepared to repeat operation. Or a friends help that is more technically oriented maybe.


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