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Hi Thomas
I have two old organs I wish to repair as it was thrown away.
1. I have a Electone b2 b - everything is working fine but I don't get sound on the foot pedals - only the percussion sound coming through when activated.
2. My b 5 s the drums are not working. When I push the start button the drums will only sound  one single "doeff" and nothing else.
I offered these two organs to churches in my area for free. Can you please advice me?
Thanks

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Hello Steve!  The only real way I can help is to suggest you obtain a trained organ tech to troubleshoot the problems.  Organs can be extremely complex and require special knowledge regarding the custom designs from each company.

Having said that, regarding the pedal problem, many organs use various auto play circuits which take control of the pedal board.  If one of these circuits takes control and won't relinquish it for some reason, it can render the pedal unplayable.  So, the first thing is to make certain all auto play controls are turned to the off position.  Aside from that, check for any obvious bad connections, broken wires, etc.  You can do that by turning the organ on, holding a pedal down (with some pedal stops on) and start gently prodding, pushing and pulling on wires one at a time with the hope that the pedal will suddenly start to play.  If it does, you will have found a bad connection that would benefit from a little melted solder...if appropriate.

Always, when starting out a troubleshooting process, the power supply's output voltages should be checked for proper voltages.  Without them, organs are unlikely to operate properly.  

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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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