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Disassembling Ensoniq VFX Keybed?

Postby pinky_blue » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi all,

I recently picked up an Ensoniq VFX which required a new battery and a few keys needed replacing.

I’ve successfully replaced the battery but I’m having trouble working out how to disassemble the keybed.

I got as far as removing the ribbon cable and PCB beneath the keybed. I was unsure what the next steps were and I don’t want to potentially do any damage to it.

Can anyone help?

Cheers.
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Re: Disassembling Ensoniq VFX Keybed?

Postby Rezisehtnys » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:38 pm

The Ensoniq units are fairly straightforward to disassemble. There are screws that go through the bottom panel and into the keybed assembly. Then once it's out it's just a mater of removing the key springs and keys.
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Re: Disassembling Ensoniq VFX Keybed?

Postby Yekuku » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:05 pm

Sorry I have no personal experience since I have never disassembled a vfx, but these series of videos could help:
Watch on youtube.com
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Re: Disassembling Ensoniq VFX Keybed?

Postby rhino » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:49 pm

Welcome to the board!
Sounds like you have the keyboard out of the synth already.
Find a small (1/8?) Allen wrench that will just go down into the hole in the keyspring. Press it doen to unlock the lower end of the spring from the black plastic "comb" under the back of the keys. Slowly release the pressure and remve the spring.
Next, take a small flat screwdriver and CAREFULY use it to press the tab in the slot at the back of the key to release it from the "hinge".
DONT BREAK THEM!!!!! Use just a little pressure and only a fraction of an inch motion . Lift the key out. NOTE: to change a black key, take the white key on both sides first.
On the new key, get the front "hook" onto the rubber bushings, the press down on the back end to snap in back into the hinge. Place the spring into the funnel-shaped hole on the back of the key, and use the Allen wrench to stretch the spring down to catch on the black comb.
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Re: Disassembling Ensoniq VFX Keybed?

Postby Rezisehtnys » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:10 am

It's not too terribly hard to do. When I got my VFX I completely disassembled it and cleaned all the keys and the contact board. 20 years of dust and cat hair, wooooo.
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Re: Disassembling Ensoniq VFX Keybed?

Postby pinky_blue » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:26 am

Thanks guys for all of your input, but I think rhino has covered it. I've got a few keys to replace so I'll report back and let you know how I get on.

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