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Subject: Re: Just got Pianocorder and need advice

David Klein
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Date Posted: 10:29:48 08/10/20 Mon
In reply to: Mark Fontana 's message, "Re: Just got Pianocorder and need advice" on 01:04:57 06/08/20 Mon

Just wanted to follow up here:

I purchased Mark's wireless upgrade kit in order to eliminate the P100 tape deck as the problem, but the tape deck was not the issue. Then, per Mark's advice, I called Randy Cox. He had me take out all the boards, including the power supply, and send them to him so that he could test and refurbish them as needed. While taking out the power supply (kind of a bear on this baby grand) I noticed that some of the traces had corroded. Randy received the boards and supply and ended up refurbishing the PS and sending me a different playback board -- the bad traces on my PS had fried the ICs on my playback board. Having paid Randy, in my opinion, a very modest fee, I got the boards back, reinstalled them, and... nothing worked. After a few minutes of panic I unplugged and replugged some of the connections on the PS and then, voila!, our player started playing again after 30 some-odd years! The bass notes weren't playing very well, and I thought the solenoids may have been shot, but a quick call to Randy and he had me adjust one of the wheel pots on the board. This provided a stronger signal to the bass note drivers and they started playing just fine.

TL;DR - I could never get it to work, thought Mark's upgrade kit would fix it, but I was wrong. Sent the boards to Randy in Anaheim. He found a bad one, fixed it, and now everything is running smooth.

Thanks for all your input Mark, and thanks to Randy for the repair work!

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