February 13th, 2005

The keyboard is dead.

Long live the keyboard.

J-J meterbridge had helped me take it out to Gand where they could try and figure out why it wouldn't power on. They had it for about a week and a half, and then a couple days ago I got a phone message from one of the techs there. Turns out that a large packing staple had been rattling around inside the case, and there was no telling how much damage it had done. I probably don't have to explain to you guys that it's not exactly ideal to have foreign objects sitting around on circuit boards. Especially if they're made of metal. And bridge-shaped.

Anyway, the impression I got from the message was that there's not much to be done, since the cost of figuring out what's wrong and fixing it would be more than what the keyboard is worth. The guy said, "You can send it back to Korg," but he didn't sound especially hopeful about the possibility. What would be the advantage of sending it there? Do they have access to replacement parts that Gand doesn't have access to, or something? I should get that guy on the phone and figure that out, but I'm not holding out much hope either.

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I want to try out all of the above and see what they're like. I'm not limiting myself to these three choices, but it's a start. I need to continue researching and narrowing it down.