Digital Piano Repair - Common Problems & Solutions

Digital Piano Repair - Some of the most common problems that music keyboard and digital piano owners face, and their possible solutions!

Digital keyboards and pianos are usually sturdy instruments and do last a long time without giving any problems, especially if you have been taking proper piano care

But then there are occasions when you may have to get it repaired. Issues related to the Piano keys are the most common problems faced, though there are some other problems which your piano keyboard could face.

Common Problems Faced

The most common digital keyboard and piano repairs needed are:

  • Broken keys or sticky keys
  • Keyboard does not switch on
  • No or Uneven Volume
  • LCD Broken, cracked or does not light up

  • Changing a Broken Key
    This is comparatively easy but remember that you do not have to apply massive strength to fix anything, in case you are doing it yourself. If a contact is bent beyond repair a new contact board will be required. If the part is no longer available, you could be in trouble.

    Dealing with Contact problems
    This could be the cause if some notes don't play at all or the volume is uneven or they just play way too loud. Most contacts are graphite and will to be cleaned properly. Resist using WD40 or any other contact cleaner / lubricant and use proper cleaning tools for piano.

    Freezing, Locking up, Doesn't turn on properly
    This is comparatively easy since it could be more to do with the software. Check out the "Initialise" or "Factory Reset" procedure in your user manual. If not there check out the manufacturer's web site for more information.

    This usually restores normal operation but "Please save your data (your own songs, styles, etc.) before you attempt this".

    In general, if you save lot of your work on the digital keyboard/piano, it's always safe to regular backups on your computer or any external storage.

    Digital Piano Keyboard Repair

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    Possible Solutions to Common Repairs

    Taking regular care of your piano keyboard instrument is always recommended.

    Mini vacuum tools and other cleaning and repair toolkit can come in handy for cleaning difficult areas of your keyboard instrument.

    But if there is a problem, the only recommended solution I am afraid is to get it repaired by your nearest authorized service facility, or take it to your nearest musical instrument shop and get it done by a qualified and reputable professional.

    Trying to fix up things on your own can only lead to additional problems, since digital keyboards & pianos are complex instruments.

    Want to do it yourself? In some countries, you may not have easy access to qualified servicing professionals. So you may try out some of the suggestions mentioned below by visitors here on this site, but that should only be your last resort… and that too, if you are a person who has the aptitude to open and fix things!

    Piano Keyboard keys Repair & Replacement

    Find solutions to the most common key related problems in digital keyboards and pianos.

    Piano Keyboard Keys Repair

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    If you buy a new digital keyboard instrument, then usually you don’t face any problem with the piano keys for a few years, of course depending on how much is your usage.

    But in certain cases you may face keys related problem a bit earlier, and there could me various reasons for it.

    Even if it is a single piano key, it can frustrate you a lot if you don't get the key repaired or get a replacement for the piano key.

    This page allows you to share all your piano keyboard keys related issues.

    Main Circuit Boards Related Problems

    Most of the common repair problems in digital keyboards revolve around keys, speakers or the LCD display.

    These are comparatively easy to fix, especially the ones that involve changing keys. But sometimes your synthesizer or piano keyboard may just refuse to switch on.

    And the reason could be the Circuit Board (motherboard), or may be some other chip. Remember, that a digital keyboard, just like a computer, has a circuitboard (main-board) and chips inside.

    main board, motherboard, circuit boards

    This page allows you to share all your synthesizer/piano keyboard's main board, motherboard, circuit boards related issues.

    Digital Piano Keyboard Pedal Repair / Problems

    Having problems with the pedals of your digital piano? Occasionally they seem to work, but then the very next moment it doesn't seem to work?

    Have you been looking for a technician to get them fixed?

    Do you own a Digital Piano and are wondering if a foot pedal can be installed on your piano?

    Have you lost the cable lead from the pedals to the relevant socket and looking for a replacement?

    Piano Keyboard Sustain Pedal

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    All your piano pedals, expression pedals, foot volume pedals related problems, and repair solutions discussed here.

    Piano Keyboard Sound Speaker Problem Repair

    Having any problem with the sound of your piano keyboard?

    Does the volume remains constant or is not responsive?

    Is there lot of static noise coming out of your speakers?

    Any problem around the volume or sound of your keyboard is truly frustrating and does not let you concentrate on or enjoy your keyboard/piano playing.

    Piano Keyboard Speaker Headphones Repair

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    This page allows you to share all your piano keyboard sound related issues.

    LCD/LED Display Related Problems

    Having any problem with the LCD display of your digital piano keyboard?

    Does it flicker? Having problem making it dim or brighter?

    Any problem with the display can be quite frustrating, especially if you perform a lot onstage.

    Digital Piano Synth Keyboard LCD Display

    Pro LCD Display Cleaning kits

    This page allows you to share all your digital piano keyboard LCD/LED Display related issues and solutions.

    Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel Repair/Problems

    Are you having problems with the mod wheel, pitch bend of your digital piano? It doesn't seem to respond anymore?

    Do you have a broken pitch/mod wheel lever on your synthesizer keyboard?

    Have you been looking for a technician to get it fixed?

    This page allows you to share all your modulation and pitch-bend wheel related issues and solutions.

    Pitch Bend Mod Wheel Repair

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    Your electric keyboard's modulation and pitch wheel related problems, and repair solutions discussed here.

    You can also scroll down to the bottom of the page to read the already submitted problems, repair and solutions.

    Cleaning and Repair Toolkit

    Check out the forums below to read about the most common problems and solutions.

    To Conclude

    Though digital keyboards and pianos do last for a long time, there are some occasional defects which you will need to get repaired. Getting it repaired from a qualified professional or an authorized servicing centre is your best bet.

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