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Hi Everyone,
I wonder if someone can give me their opinion.
Someone gave me a Roland ep.5 dp.
Only 4 or so keys work the rest are dead. One opinion is the circuit board might be ruined due to it being stored (possibly in a damp basement) for so long.

I contacted a repair shop in the area, they said it didn't sound good but would take a look at it. Their diagnostic fee is $85 which will be credit to the total cost of the repair (if it is repairable).

Does anyone here have any experience with Rolands? I know Roland is a good brand but does it seem worth paying $85 just to take a chance to see if it can be repaired?

Thanks in advance for any advice. thumb

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I don't know what your skills are, but my first move would be to open it up and unplug and clean all connectors, possibly the keyboard contacts too, and examine the circuit boards for cracks, dry joints, leaking caps.

After that I might consider paying for a professional exam, but most probably not.

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I once received a keyboard with multiple dead keys as well as keys which were sounding at full volume. Removing the key contact boards and cleaning the silicone membranes as well as rubbing the carbon contacts (gently) with alcohol on a q-tip resolved all issues. Check contacts and make sure there aren't any pinched wires. Are all the dead keys adjacent?


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Thank you both for the advice.

Les: to answer your question the dead keys are adjacent.

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If it is just a connection issue like these guys are saying, it would definitely be worth it to have it fixed. Might just need some cleaning and possibly some re-soldering. Roland is a good brand. I've owned a few, and they have never failed me. Plus, $85 is a pretty low diagnostic fee. I've usually paid at least $100.

If it turns out that a circuit board is damaged, you're probably talking a pretty hefty fee to replace it. Good news is, if at least some of the keys are working, I'm guessing it's more a connection issue than a bad board. Usually a bad circuit board results in complete failure (something I've unfortunately got some experience in, not with a Roland though smile ).

I think it's worth checking out. Might just need a little electrician's love. Good luck!


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Originally Posted by Kymber
Does anyone here have any experience with Rolands? I know Roland is a good brand but does it seem worth paying $85 just to take a chance to see if it can be repaired?

Thanks in advance for any advice. thumb


Isn't this particular Roland almost 20 years old? I spied a Roland EP-5 (IIRC) in person a short while ago and did a search on it and that's what I found.

Technology has advanced a lot in that many years.


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