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'Tech Flash' Posts

Instructional and fix-it posts, collected in the Tech Flash page for easy perusal.

Servicing Intermittent Orchestron Key Contacts

Posted by peahix on 22nd November 2016

We recently had a query about servicing intermittent Orchestron keys, and Robert typed up this guide, which I thought would be helpful to add to the blog: The Model A is basically a modified Optigan chassis in a different box. Usually these don’t have key contact problems. The other models (Model B, Model C, Model [...]

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A Review of Terry’s Rubber Rollers – Optigan Idler Wheel Repair

Posted by peahix on 12th March 2013

Dedicated Optigoner Adam Swalberg sends this glowing review of Terry’s Rubber Rollers: Hi Pea- thanks for the link to Terry’s Rubber Rollers! I sent him a few of mine to retread, and he did a superb job!! I opted to send mine attached to the shaft for him to remove and reassemble. He only charged [...]

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Original Optigan Service Manual on eBay

Posted by peahix on 11th November 2010

Hi all, a friend of mine is selling an original copy of the Optigan Service manual on eBay. This is the same manual I sell as a download on this site, though I can’t link you to mine until Shoptigan is back up and running!

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Robert’s Tips for Teens #3: Optigan Idler Wheel Removal

Posted by peahix on 11th May 2009

Removing the idler wheel from the Optigan is a challenge, but can be done if you are patient and mechanically inclined.

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OptiDocs now updated with Talentmaker & Orchestron Docs

Posted by peahix on 25th February 2009

This is just a quick note to let y’all know that the OptiDocs service manual CD-Rom has now been updated to include the impossible-to-find Talentmaker service manual as well as Orchestron service docs, schematics, and brochures. 275mb of geeky goodness. Order your copy today!

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OptiDocs now updated with Talentmaker & Orchestron Docs

Posted by peahix on 2nd February 2009

This is just a quick note to let y’all know that the OptiDocs service manual CD-Rom has now been updated to include the impossible-to-find Talentmaker service manual as well as Orchestron service docs, schematics, and brochures. 275mb of geeky goodness. Order your copy today!

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Robert’s Tips for Teens #2: Silver Highlights on Optigan Logo

Posted by peahix on 10th October 2008

Robert sez: I went to Michael’s Craft and Floral to see if they had stuff to replace the silver highlights on the Optigan metronome logo I got from you. After looking at all the silver leaf options, I asked a couple of store employees what would work best. We narrowed it down to “Rub-N-Buff” and [...]

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Robert’s Tips for Teens #1: Litho Tape for Metronome Windows

Posted by peahix on 10th October 2008

Robert Becker, the genius who worked out the software for generating new optigan disc images from digital audio files, has a couple of optigan restoration tips, so I thought I’d post them as blog entries. If you have Optigan discs that are missing the little red piece of tape that goes over the downbeat metronome [...]

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My Optigan has unstable pitch. Is there hope??

Posted by peahix on 15th March 2008

Pitch stability is one of the biggest problems for Optigans. The rubber on the idler wheel gets hard or worn over the years, which makes the wheel slip against the tapered motor shaft. Old wheels can have other problems including notches or flat spots, which cause a knocking or grinding sound when the discs are [...]

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Where do I get a replacement bulb for my Optigan?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

The bulb you want is a GE Lighting 48707 40T10/RVLCD1 Tubular Bulb. For those who want to know more about this bulb, here’s the tech specs.

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