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A few years ago my parents bought me an Gulbransen Pacemaker from a man well advanced into his years. I use to play it regularly then I stopped for a while. When I went back to play it, it all of a sudden stopped making sound. I can turn the organ on but it won't produce sound. What should I do ?

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Hello Chad!  The most common cause of failure in older organs are the electrolytic filter capacitors in the power supply and amplifiers.  When they age, they begin to deteriorate particularly with non-use.  These really need to be replaced so they don't cause damage to the rest of the circuitry.  

A problem that comes up occasionally concerns the headphone jack.  Adaptors sometimes get left in the plug which turns off the internal speakers.  So make certain nothing is in the headphone jack that should not be there.  

You say it won't produce sound, but do all the lights come on?  If not, you could have a blown fuse (of course, the problem would then be to find the reason the fuse blew, and bad electrolytic capacitors could cause this).  

You could also have a bad power switch, power cord or a host of other things which I can't cover here.  Make certain all the auto-play features are turned off.  

Check out the following website:

http://mitatechs.org/public_splash2

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics. If you need a piano's date of manufacture, please go to http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm or http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/pianoage.html I am happy to answer musical or technical questions, however, I CANNOT offer appraisals on pianos or organs. Please do not ask what an instrument is worth. For this service please contact an experienced local appraiser or try the following links: https://mmm1100.verio-web.com/blueb1/appraisal.html or http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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