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How to open your Andy
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edobedo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:17 am    Post subject: How to open your Andy Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

if you need to open your Andy for battery change or other:
First remove the rear screws MARKED IN BLUE.


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edobedo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

After you have to remove screws from the bottom.
in the photos Andy is put down by the rear side, but when doing the work is better tu put it down by the front side, to avoid damages to the on/off switch or to jack ports.

You have to remove only screws MARKED IN BLUE.


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edobedo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Now you can open Andy.
Be care when you put the Andy down, in normal position,
make sure it doesn't open accidentally.

To open, you have to pull up the upper panel and put it in position like you see in these pictures:


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edobedo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

To divide upper panel from the bottom, you have to disconnet the cables
MARKED IN BLUE.
Carefully, they are sealed with silicon.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

thank you so much,
by the way, you look great speaking to the a6!
fr.gr. sunny
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edobedo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

cyclops
I open everything I buy...

PS

I put in the Andy before close it a bag of silica gel,as into my Wurly A200, in my Rhodes and into my Phatty.

Don't forget to visit this website:

www.teslawood.com

Edo
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank you, that is excellent and should be added to the tips and tricks document.

I don't have one in front of me to double-check your procedure, but I have to add one thing: To lift off the front panel, hold it by the endcaps and pull the bottoms of the endcaps out away from the instrument just a little bit, as it may catch and break if you are too eager.

And to emphasize about reassembly: If you have removed any of the front panel PCBs, reseat it when finished and partially install two or four screws to barely hold it in place. Make certain that each button is loose in its hole, and holding it there, tighten the screws. Making certain that all of the buttons are loose in their holes and are as normal. If any are offset, the associated switch will be broken as you tighten the many screws.

This is obvious, but there are so many buttons on each PCB that it pays to be attentive.

You may also wish to run the self-test to check all buttons and pots after you've replaced the FP PCBs and ribbons/wires, prior to replacing the front panel and screws.

It helps to have an awl or other thin, long metal piece, to put through a center-of-unit screw hole to hold the ribbon metal in place. Set a couple of screws and you're fine.

Thanks again, hope this helps.

"Your warranty is now void!"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Wow...

http://www.teslawood.com/SPARI/sparo11.html

And nice tattoo "sleeves"!
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edobedo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

High tension can do many beautiful things...

I would be more extensive wit description about reassembly Andromeda, but my english is not good Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Your English is just fine.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Awesome guide man!

How hard would it be to replace the faceplate? I was thinking about making a custom top...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It is very hard, if tou don't have industrial tools to make another.
See it from the inside.
I would change the plastic sides with wooden but is too difficult.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the valuable post .. and what is "Zbodio Donato " ?? Twisted Evil

What is the possibility of having the front panel hinged in a semi vertical way as in the Minimoog ? I think visually it would be more helpful while editing as controls would be more visible if playing while sitting in the studio. Of course a whole cabinet (wooden maybe ?) must be especially designed for that to hold everything in place, but it's a tempting thought .


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The ribbon controller would probably be a little uncomfortable to use if it were angled up like that.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Not only, you have to make also additional metal sides and cover them with wooden sides, and after you made it, you have to do deide the form: Or as a Voyager or, for example, as a Synclavier.
And the back panel will be not very beautiful, all the connections remains in the lower side...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The synth in the photo is called Aurora.
There was also some photo completed, beautiful with wood, but not a great idea, ribon control becames nearly not usable.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Sbodio Donato is a long story....
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

can't wait to hear that one...

wasn't there once a person who got the genius idea of making woodensidecaps for the a6?
i remember somethig like that, would look great , but unfortunately i somewhere lost track of him. anybody remembers or maybe knows where to contact him , or having other clues about how it went with the woodensidecaps?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I would pay good money to have wooden endcaps for my A6!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

SecretAsianMan wrote:
I would pay good money to have wooden endcaps for my A6!


"Pay good money" is sadly the reason that they were not wood in the first place... But it would be an improvement, no pun intended.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Peake wrote:
SecretAsianMan wrote:
I would pay good money to have wooden endcaps for my A6!


"Pay good money" is sadly the reason that they were not wood in the first place... But it would be an improvement, no pun intended.


The people at synthwood.com told me they'd do it for $55 USD but I'd have to send in the plastic ones so they could match them. I never got around to doing it because I'm worried about my warranty. Maybe when it expires...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:16 pm    Post subject:  Look at what I found in my A6 Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks again for the awesome guide, edobedo! It came in handy when I discovered something rattling around loose in my andy...

...turns out it was this!
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It must belong to the previous owner... Thank God it wasn't metal!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Haha! Fantastic!
Before closing my Andy, I put two bags of silicagel between the two mainboards to prevent oxidation. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I still want to get my A6modded like this
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cray5656/2095496543/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cray5656/2096281484/

Some person put this photo up and spoke to me but never got back to me about how to do it and where to get the metal made up...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Wow!
Not very comfortable if you must transport, but very beautiful.
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