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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:39 am    Post subject: K2000 getting a new display... Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I've been putting this off for way to long. Those who have them know that the displays on the Kurrzweil K2000 synths were pretty horrid to read - especially when they age. I've seen several modifications over the years where the EL backlight is either replaced or the complete display is replaced with one that has the CFL backlight.

Recently in a Kurzweil mailing list I received, a member documented how he updated both his K2000 and K2000R displays with a new LED backlit version. The display is a nice blue and white - much more readable. I ordered the display - it was ~$33 including shipping. I'll be doing the install this weekend. I'm looking forward to using the K2000 again. I really liked it's capabilities but with the poor display it was not very fun to work with.

Here is a link to the page with the upgrade documentation.
http://helium.deepgreen.ca/dave/K2000_Display/

There is also a link at this site to the site where the display can be purchased. NOTE: at the purchase site it only mentions it as a replacement for an SY77/99. It actually does work with the K2000 - you just have to mod the case a bit.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thought I would post a follow up. Installation was pretty straight forward - only ran into some issues removing a ribbon cable from the old display but time and patience won out.

The new display is fantastic. I feell like I've got a new synth to play with!

So, if anyone out there has a Kurzweil K2000 with the old EL backlit display - this new one will bring the K2 back to life. You do need some electronic soldering skills - and you will have to slightly enlarge the hole in the cover that the display fits in (you can't tell once the bezel is back on). In my opinion, if your K2000 functions fine except for the display - this is worth it. this mod also applies to the rack version as well.

Now to load my synth pads back into it. I always like the pads the K2 could produce.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

That's cool. Even with a good backlight the old k2000 displays were very dim. That makes it look like the new pc3 models.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It's so nice to be able to see the text on the display now without having to right over top of it. I'm really jazzed about this - it's like having a new synth to play.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Link to source is dead.
Got another?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Unfortunately I don't have any new links. You could try a google search or look over at gearslutz.com. I thought I saw a more recent discussion there regarding K2000 displays.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Found a fairly active Kurzweil list on Yahoo (nope, not dead yet!) that has helped me in the past, I've put it to them. =]

Will echo whatever I find back here.

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