In this video, Mike Sisk demonstrates how he repairs faders on vintage synths and other electronic gear.
In this video I show how to repair faders (or slide potentiometers) that are used on many vintage analog synthesizers.
The faders I am repairing are from a Roland SH-1 synthesizer, but this same process will work on other types of faders from other manufacturers as well.
To properly do this, the faders must be individually desoldered from the board and opened up to clean the internal contacts. I do not recommend using the standard “contact cleaner” that you find at most hardware stores, but instead recommend using the more expensive Deoxit cleaner from Ciag. I paid about $24 for a 2oz can of this cleaner, which seems high, but when working on an old vintage synth, it totally turned to be worth every penny.
Have you done potentiometer repairs on your own synths? If so, share any tips you have in the comments!