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  1. Beno
  2. Legacy Yamaha Synths
  3. Wednesday, 06 January 2021
I'm using my father's Motif 7 purchased 14 years ago (I think). I've been playing on it for a while now, never faced any issue. It was locked up for 6 months because of quarantine and I was stuck at another place.

I played it for a few hours yesterday it worked fine. But today it freezed 5 times in a span of one hour. The keys go silent for a few seconds and then all the notes I've played while it freezed sound together.
I'm playing it with my headphones connected , no speakers, no usb cable, no sustain pedal .
I used it with logic pro x an hour before this occurred but had no issues.

Should I be worried or is it something that occurs sometimes?
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Bad Mister
Yamaha
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You should take the Motif 7 to an authorized service center and have it looked at... it has been sitting a long time unused... you are seeing what happens to a keyboard that is potentially 20 years old. Have it professional cleaned and tested... (it may have the electronic flu) lol.

Seriously, find an authorized service center.
  1. more than a month ago
  2. Legacy Yamaha Synths
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May I jump in here to ask whether parts are still available from Yamaha to service the early Motif series? Hopefully most problems are caused by dust and easily fixed with a professional cleaning, but if something has gone bad and has to be replaced, are OEM parts still available? If not, would you know if/where good after market replacement parts can be found? Are there actually YAMAHA factory authorized service centers for the Motif series? Was wondering what kind quality control or certification Yamaha might extend to the service centers listed in the Yamaha website?
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Bad Mister
Yamaha
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I don’t know any of that... but you can call and find out.

Certainly, the FS action of the original Motif 7 is no longer made (it would not pass current environmental regulations) due to concerns with lead, The action that replaced it, FSX, was designed to work in all pre-existing FS products... so things like the action, keys and mechanisms are definitely still available. But other stuff.... ? Parts are available for 7 years after the product is discontinued... and longer usually. The Motif 7 was discontinued in 2003.

Contact Yamaha Service — that is world unto itself. You never realize just how many parts there are until you visit that part of the Yamaha operation... after you do, you just salute those folks and thank them for their expertise because it’s an entire universe.

Authorized Service Centers are independent — there are service centers and there are service centers... some of them are like synthesizer museums, because the folks who run them are like synth-people, they stockpile parts from the most obscure keyboards that were ever made. You need a fader cap from a Arp 2500? A volume knob from a Crumar Orchestrator? They have drawer full of them... it varies.
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