Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Conn Model 628

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I own a Conn model 628 that plays well but somehow ended up with a broken key on each manual.  I can get to the top manual easily enough but cannot figure out how to lift the top manual to be able to replace the other broken key.  I have looked all over for a screw that's holding down the upper manual but ?????    Can you help?

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Hello Dennis,  I checked out the two Conns I have in my shop.  Both are fairly intuitive for lifting the top keyboard up.  Since organ companies changed console designs fairly often, it will be hard to determine how the top keyboard lifts on your instrument without seeing it.  Some organs use long screws that extend up from the bottom of the keydesk to secure both keyboards.  Others hold the top keyboard to the bottom keyboard using recessed screws.  If the latter is the case, look for a couple 3/8" holes on either side of the top keyboard. A long screwdriver will be needed to reach through and down to remove the screws.  The screw heads could be hex, straight or Phillips heads so be ready for anything.  Sometimes the top keyboard needs to be slid toward the back of the organ before it will release.  Lastly, there could be latches on the side of the keyboards.  I don't recall Conn ever using side latches, but perhaps they did on this model.  

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