We have been doing keyboard repair work since the early eighties. We have the expertise and repair knowledge that can only be gained from our many years of hands on experience with electronic keyboard and digital piano repair.
If you need a keyboard repair or a digital Piano repair done and want that repair done by people with knowledge and experience in the field look no further because you have found the right place.
Is the keyboard at your home, church, school, theatre, venue or business not working properly – not to worry we offer onsite service calls as well as rush service.
While we service all brands makes and models .. Some of the popular brands of keyboards that we work on are Kawai, Roland, Yamaha, Kurzweil, Casio, Nord, Korg and Suzuki.
We stock schematics for hundreds of models, as well as a good solid inventory of spare parts. Our vast full-time experience of over 35 years while working in the Portland Oregon area means we can repair your most difficult repair issues at a minimum of time and cost.
Please note all work is by appointment, sorry but we cannot accommodate walk ins.
We have over the years performed repairs and service on almost every make and model of keyboard out there. These days we mostly see the newer offerings in for repair from companies like Roland , Yamaha, Korg, Kawai and Casio. However we do also still provide service on all the great digital keyboards that companies like Kurzweil and the now defunct Ensoniq put out. While parts are getting harder to find for some of the older keyboards we still despite that fact perform quite a few successful repairs on them.
As I mentioned above we mostly see the newer offerings these days but since we have been doing electric and digital keyboard repair for a very long time we as well have repaired and still do repair good number of Fender Rhodes Stage and suitcase pianos along with our fair share of the Wurlitzer 200A electric pianos.
These days we do not see a lot of the old Moog, Sequential circuits or Arp keyboards that we cut our teeth working on in the early days of the shop but we do still see quite a few of the Rhodes and Wurlitzer’s and to this day still enjoy working on them and getting them all dialed in for our customers.
We also repair and service relatively new digital keyboard contenders such as Nord. We of course service and repair all makes and models of keyboards and not just the ones I have mentioned here.
Common symptoms of keyboard contact issues are notes or keys that do not sound at all, notes that sound loudly or at full velocity, keyboard notes that sound intermittently and just about everything in between.
The solution to the problem varies. The first option and the most desirable if the keyboard has much age on it is to replace the contact boards if the keyboard contact boards are available and relatively inexpensive this is the best way to go as it cuts down considerably on the labor cost involved with the repair of keyboard contact issues. The new contact boards come from the factory with new key contacts already installed.
The next best solution if the contact boards for your keyboard are too expensive or not available is to replace the contacts and clean the contact boards. The reason to replace the contacts rather than cleaning them is the labor to clean the keyboard contacts is generally at least double the cost of the contacts and it makes for a more reliable repair.
The last and least desirable option to remedy keyboard contact note issues is to clean both the keyboard contacts and the contact boards. I say this is the least desirable because it is not always successful, but sometimes it is the only option available particularly on older vintage keyboards
Of course if your keyboard is relatively new then then the keyboard contact boards and contacts can usually be spot cleaned with good success, that is unless you have spilled something on it as that would be a whole other kind of keyboard repair situation.
Typically due to the complexity of the keyboards and the fact that often several layers of circuit boards and the keyboard assembly need to be removed to get to the contacts this is not a job I typically recommend you take on yourself. If you do decide to take it on be very careful in regards to the cleaning materials you use as using the wrong cleaner can have disastrous results.
If you had a Yamaha keyboard with sticking keys, stuck keys, or sluggish keys it used to be that you could have a new keyboard installed in your unit for just the cost of the labor regardless of its age. Unfortunately that program has come to an end. There are way too many models of Yamaha keyboards affected to list them all here, but a good many of them were in their Clavinova line.
Yamaha is a good company and the stepped up to the plate to take care of the customers who own their keyboards for a number of years after discovering the issue with the plastic used in the keys causing them to stick.
The sticking Key issue on Yamaha keyboards was caused by the plastic keys warping over time. These days there are two options the first being to replace the keys as they develop problems. This is a cost effective approach if you only have a few sticking keys.
The second is to replace the keyboard assembly. Replacing the keyboard assembly is the better of the two options if you can afford the cost of the new updated keyboard assembly as it eliminates the issue all together and if you have a large number of sticking keys on your Yamaha keyboard it is usually a more cost effective solution to the sticking key issue.
Regardless of which option you were to choose we would be happy to resolve your sticking key issue on your Yamaha keyboard for you. Shoot us an email or give us a call and we can get you set up with an appointment to resolve the issue.
Broken keys seem to be much more common in Korg and Yamaha keyboards. That has to do with the fact that both Korg keyboards and Yamaha Keyboards use the same keyboard assembles in a great many of their products. I don’t know the exact details, but I do know that Yamaha has a stake in Korg in some fashion or another.
Another symptom associated with keyboard keys that are broken in the back is keys that randomly pop loose. Also with a broken key sometimes the key will have lost its action usually because the break has allowed the key spring to pop loose.
The resolve to the issue of broken keyboard keys is of course to yard the whole thing apart and replace the offending keys. The difficulty to do this varies quite a bit from keyboard to keyboard some can be done in less than an hour and others can take a couple hours by the time you get all the circuit boards an the keyboard assembly removed to change the broken key on the keyboard.
Sticking keys on many Roland keyboards and Kurzweil keyboards are generally a result of broken key weights (hammers) in the hammer action of the keyboard assembly. The key weight hammer action generally takes quits a beating and over time the plastic first cracks and the entire weighted end of the hammer breaks loose. This can result in keyboard keys that stick, keyboard keys that get stuck, and sluggish keyboard keys.
The ends of the keyboard hammers are essentially a big chunk of lead so if you have any of the issues above it is best to get it addressed as soon as possible as if that chunk of lead gets into the keyboard circuits you can end up with even bigger problems.
The resolve of course replace the hammers on the offending keys and very likely on a few others as well as inevitably when we get in there and open things up we find there are other hammers on the verge of letting loose as well.
If you can afford it of course the best option is to replace all the hammers all at the same time as over time it is the most cost effective solution particularly if you have a heavy hand when you play. Short of that the next best option would be to replace all the hammers in the mid-section as it almost always gets the most use on a keyboard.
The symptom is that first a hand full of keys will start sticking and in not too much more time you will be lucky to have five or six keys on the entire keyboard that do not stick.
The Model groups that I am aware of that are afflicted with the sticking key issue are the Gp series such as the Suzuki GP-32 and the HG series such as the Suzuki HG425E as well as the Suzuki SPS and Suzuki SS-100 I am sure there are likely a few other afflicted models other that what I have listed here as well.
If you look the problem up on the internet you will find several Rube Goldberg solutions to the sticking key problem prevalent in several models of Suzuki keyboards. These solutions mostly involve pulling all the key sections and the pivot rods and then meticulously reducing the pivot rod diameter by sanding the seven hammer pivot rods down one at a time while these solutions will work relatively well in the end they are extremely time consuming and difficult to achieve.
There is a better solution out there .. we have access to a coated rod kit for the affected Suzuki keyboard models. The rod kit is already the right diameter and as it is coated so it is a much slicker surface than you would end up with in the end from sanding the old rods down.
If you have sticking keys on your Suzuki keyboard we would be happy to replace the old hammer pivot rods with the new upgraded rods and get your keyboard playing like it should again.