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Kelab 49 suffering from lots of high keys
« on: August 15, 2021, 10:41:51 pm »
I picked up a used Keylab 49 for $[too low to mention :) ] with the understanding that it had a couple of "high keys".  Alas, a couple more broke loose just unpacking the thing from the (very thorough) packing job the seller did, and a couple more broke as I was removing the keybed from the unit. I glued back together the bushings that I still had, but apparently the 'board had been opened before I bought it, and several of the broken bits of bushing were gone.  I"ve since figured out a way to make and install new bushings that *won't* break off, but it's going to be a long, labor intensive process. I checked with Arturia, and alas, they no longer have any replacement keybeds for the OG Kelaybs. :( I've considered picking up another Nektar SE49 and seeing if I couldn't adapt its keybed to work in the Arturia.  Anyone else looked at just replacing the keybed outright instead of trying to repair/upgrade it?   
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Re: Kelab 49 suffering from lots of high keys
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2021, 03:00:40 pm »
Pretty sure the keybed is bought-in, I highly doubt Arturia are actually building them. If I recall correctly from the one time I had to disassemble mine, the actual manufacturer's name is on the keybed circuitboard.

You would imagine there is some kind of standard wiring-matrix for keybeds, but I really couldn't say if one OEM's keybed will be a direct replacement for another. It's possible you will be able to cobble together some kind of Frankenstein affair with the keys from a different keybed and the circuitboard from the original, but I don't know for sure.

You'll discover there is a second narrow ribbon cable connected by a two-pin connector. This is for the aftertouch.
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