Like a genius, I decided the start of a new national lockdown was a good time to (accidentally) break my favourite musical instrument! Here's the story and then some questions.
My GEM PRP-800 is about 13 years old. Lately a few keys have been misbehaving (in particular, making banging noises on press) so I decided to take a look inside and see if it was something easy to fix.
The source of the problem turned out to be degraded rubber on the hammers - some little nubs had worn right through, and, in some cases, completely fallen off.
My first thought was to glue these rubber bits back onto the hammers but this has proved to be fiddly and difficult, and it strikes me that it's unlikely to last long even if I manage it.
Now I'm not sure what to do next. I tried looking for replacement hammers instead but I'm not sure where to look or how to even identify which hammers I need. I'm aware that GEM are no longer in business which has made tracking down information difficult. I found some old forum comments which seem to imply the keybed is made by Fatar (who are still in business, I think?) but the more I search the more confused I get, so I'm hoping somebody here can help clarify everything.
So, here are my questions:
1) Does anyone know what keybed (and therefore hammer model - do those things go together?) is in the GEM PRP800? I can provide pictures of the hammers / keys etc if that's useful for identification purposes.
2) Is it still possible to buy replacements for the hammers?
3) If so, where would you recommend I buy from? (I'm in the UK, if that's relevant to the answer.)
4) Is there a more sensible way of doing all of this that I'm missing?
Thank you for your time, and I hope you're well