[sdiy] Cleaning?

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Sat Mar 7 18:44:36 CET 2020

I washed all the bits of a whiteface ARP Odyssey that was unbelievably
filthy in my kitchen sink with hot water and dishwashing liquid.  It worked
great.  The synth works very well.


I'm with the late, great Kevin Lightner - you can't really hurt analog
electronics by washing them like the dishes.  Just make sure they are
properly dry before powering anything up.  Of course, anything with a
digital display is probably off limits for this.



From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Pete
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2020 7:20 AM
To: Michael Zacherl
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Cleaning?


There's a video out there of Kevin Lightner, a well regarded synth tech,
washing synth boards with simple green and a shower, and then immediately
blowing them dry with compressed air.  He's one of many notables no longer
with us, unfortunately.  There's the usual caveat of don't try this if you
don't know what you're doing, but I have always wanted to try it out with
one of my own cheaper project synths that is obviously suffering from too
much dirt.


On Sat, Mar 7, 2020 at 3:51 AM Michael Zacherl <sdiy-mz01 at blauwurf.info>

seeing this photos from the DX1/DX5 parts thread, I'm wondering how to
safely clean such boards?

Also asking, because there are open mechanical parts involved, so just
rinsing the pcbs is apparently not an option?

Thanks, Michael.
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