Synth Repair Services – Can You Find What You Need?

DIN SYNC has announced synth repair services:

I’ve lots of experience with vintage gear, here’s a list of just some of the machines I’ve worked on over the last 12 months

  • Arp 2600
  • Arp Odyssey MKI/MKII/MKIII
  • Jen SX-2000
  • Korg MS-10
  • Korg MS-20
  • Korg MS-50
  • Korg SQ-10
  • Korg 900ps
  • Korg Trident
  • Korg Polysix
  • Korg Monopoly
  • Moog Minimoog
  • Moog Memorymoog
  • Oberheim Four Voice/Eight Voice/SEM
  • Oberheim OBX
  • Oberheim OBXa
  • Roland Juno-106
  • Roland JX3P
  • Roland MC-202
  • Roland SH-101
  • Roland SH-2000
  • Roland System 100 – 101
  • Roland System 100 – 102
  • Roland TB-303
  • Roland TR-606
  • Roland TR-808
  • Roland TR-909
  • Roland VP-330
  • Sequential Circuits Pro One
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet T8
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet VS
  • Yamaha CS-60
  • Yamaha CS-70

If you’re interested in getting a quote, contact them via their blog.

Synth Repair Services – Can You Find What You Need?

This announcement got me thinking. Unfortunately, it’s harder than it should be for synth owners to connect with synthesizer and keyboard repair services and it’s hard to know what kind of work these companies do, if you’ve never used them before.

My experience with repairs is limited to a couple of positive experiences – a Six-Trak repair at Wine Country and a MOTM module at Synthesis Technology. But I’ve also heard about people sending off their gear and not being able to get any information for months on when the work would be done or how much it would cost.

Do you have experience with getting synths or keyboards repaired? I’d be interested in hearing stories about what you had done, who you worked with and what your experience was like.

And do you think there’s a significant gap here in the knowledge that is available to synth owners? I’m wondering if there’s a signficant need for information here that’s not being addressed and, if so, if it’s something that the Synthtopia community could tackle.

Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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7 thoughts on “Synth Repair Services – Can You Find What You Need?

  1. I have been on the look out for a trustworthy, reliable and affordable repair service for a while. My Juno 106 needs the voice chip swapped out for a new one I have had for 4 years now, but I haven’t found anywhere that will do it.

  2. I live in ireland and have a bunch of things that need service..among them is a linndrum which is a little bit sick and there isn’t much I can do for it. Thinking of repairing the voice in my Juno 106 myself.

  3. If you live near San Francisco California this Guy is great and trust worthy. I had him fix a Digi002 for me, he was fast fair and knew what he was doing. He does digital and analog synths. I highly recommend him.

    Here is his contact info.
    Chris Hewitt
    Cell: 408 221 7524
    [email protected]

  4. It makes me nervous when people email me asking if I know any moog techs, anywhere on the planet. There’s no one left alive with the knowledge and experience to fix one. Illness is taking out the great ones. Paying anyone else to learn is an expensive proposition, well over $1000, and the synth can still come back broken, or break somewhere else the following week. It makes me sad, because the new moogs just don’t have the squares and triangle waves like the old ones do. I don’t have the heart to part with my old beasts, so I keep three of them around just to get all the functions of one working one. One for glide, another for filter tracking, etc…..

  5. I have stripped those Juno chips myself. Not so hard, you just have to wait a little longer than you expect for the solvent to work. also be careful not to overheat the chips as you are taking them out. I had a couple lose their resonance. Hopefully I will be able to calibrate them back. Anyone have any tech docs on how to do that?

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