All my products are intended to be DIY with various techniques explained in detail. Occasionally, if you are located nearby to us in UK, I do offer a fitting service, please ask. This is intended to collect data and validate our guides.
If you need an upgrade fitting to an instrument, I have fitting partners that can do this for you to the highest standard. However, many synth restorers/repairers can easily perform this work as it is very well documented and tested. Visit our Restorers & Fitting Partners page for more information.
Enquiries & Pricing
Pricing does not include postage or transaction fees. Prices quoted via email are valid for 1 month. For a module or kit, tracked & signed 5 day shipping to customs facility is usually used: Europe: 12 GBP, USA/Canada: 18 GBP, Israel: 19 GBP, Australia: 19 GBP. VFD modules are usually 2 GBP extra shipping.
May 2023 update: Electronic shortages and severe cost increases are causing issues with building VFD kits, please contact me for potential delivery dates. We have secured our final bulk delivery of 15 VFD for July 2023.
Please contact me by email for how to order. I offer a personal and fully supported service, so prefer email to establish contact and make sure you have a successful install.
I am based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK. For all enquiries and orders please email either of the two addresses below:
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All the best, Guy Wilkinson
Roland Replacement Keyboard Flexible PCB
A keyboard repair kit for the Roland JD-800 that replaces the original flexible contact PCB with latest exotic technology. The improvements to the design allow the use of old contacts provided that they have been cleaned. See very detailed analysis and installation guides for this project in articles Roland Keyboard Failure Modes & Roland Keyboard Replacement PCB.
We can provide a soldered main board connector if you are able to identify what type of flexible circuit or white flat cable you have, see article Roland JD-800 Keyboard PCB Installation under heading “Identification”. We are unable to provide a new after touch connector, this has to be removed from the old transition PCB if you want after touch function to work.
Standard kit price for JD-800 is 160 GBP.
A limited number of kits for U-20 and D-5 are available that cost 10 GBP extra on top of JD-800 kit price, contact me for availability.
Other instruments, Rhodes 660, Rodgers C5xx/C6xx organs, are planned and being tested by early adopters. Contact us if you wish to purchase a kit for these, they are a variation of the U-20.
SuperJX Display Kits
For SuperJX displays, very detailed fitting guides are provided to make it as straightforward as possible and DIY options are available. Contact us for the guide prior to ordering.
All replacement displays work with original Roland firmware, however, Vecoven firmware upgrade is required to take advantage of the enhanced two line display features. All of the display related components are replaced by the new module. The notorious FIP coil, VFD, transistors, Micro-controller, Latch IC and capacitors are no longer required.
Very detailed instructions are provided for a straightforward installation, also includes techniques, recommendations and design rationale.
All kits require soldering and drilling skills.
JX10 VFD Module – 230 GBP
For stunning performance and “eye candy” whilst keeping the look and feel of the instrument within its original design intent. It contains a feature to emulate the original starburst display using vector graphics.
It is an assembly that is attached to the JX10 Display Board. Includes VFD and mounting screws. Replaces all display related components prone to failure: FIP coil, VFD, Microcontroller, Latch IC & capacitors.
JX10 OLED Module – 140 GBP
An OLED character display that is a great lower cost option than a replacement VFD. With Vecoven firmware and “GU280” support enabled, it presents the same enhanced information as the VFD version but in 40×2 character format, white on black for best contrast. Note that the illumination is not as competent as the VFD because the window on the SuperJX is geared for VFD and is designed for “hidden until lit”. If careful attention to cleaning the window is made, it still looks modern and sharp.
A single all in one assembly that is attached to the JX10 Display Board with mounting screws. Replaces all display related components prone to failure: FIP coil, VFD, Microcontroller, Latch IC & capacitors.
MKS70 VFD Kit – 240 GBP
The ultimate quality display experience that the SuperJX deserves. Uses a graphic VFD to emulate different layouts and fonts for the very best usability. The VFD is in keeping with the original design of the SuperJX.
A full kit comprising of all cables and mounting hardware for the MKS70. The VFD attaches to the Display Board and a new PCB attaches to the casing using spacers. Replaces all display related components prone to failure: FIP coil, VFD, Microcontroller, Latch IC & capacitors.
MKS70 OLED Module – 140 GBP
A cost-effective module specially designed to adapt OLED to the MKS70. Straightforward fit with prepared wiring that minimises disassembly and soldering as much as possible. Replaces all display related components that are prone to failure: FIP coil, VFD, Microcontroller, Latch IC & capacitors.
Note that the illumination is not as competent as VFD. This is because the window on the SuperJX is geared for VFD and is designed for “hidden until lit”. However OLED improves on LCD by having high contrast ensuring a clean display.
It is however, good performance and gives enhanced functionality that the Vecoven software exploits for VFD using just a 40 character by 2 line display. The very best results can be achieved by ensuring that the window is thoroughly cleaned to get rid of the “soft focus” effect. Like all other displays, works with original Roland software.
JX8P OLED Module – 140 GBP
An OLED character display that with Vecoven SuperJX Flash and “OLED DISPLAY” support enabled, it presents a 26 character x 2 line enhancement using a 40 x 2 display. Note that the illumination is not as competent as the VFD because the window is geared for VFD and is designed for “hidden until lit”. If careful attention to cleaning the window is made, it still looks modern and sharp.
A single all in one assembly that is attached to the Switch Board 1 with mounting screws. Replaces all display related components: FIP coil, VFD, Microcontroller, Latch IC & capacitors.
Options & DIY
SuperJX / JX8P Power Supply Bare PCB – 35 GBP
A bare PCB for building the replacement SuperJX Power Supply, price includes shipping by first class airmail. This item is always shipped separately from kits that may be ordered.
The Display PCB is no longer available on it’s own due to electronic component shortage. It can only now be purchased complete with VFD as a full kit. However, we will try and resume this option mid 2023 when new parts arrive.
VFD Power Brick
For users that want to significantly reduce power supply current when using a VFD kit, a blank PCB is available to allow conversion of mains to low voltage for the display PCB. The installation guide shows the two additional components that are needed to build it.
Price List & Stock
Parts are in short supply and long lead time so some display kits are built to order. Please enquire for availability. Stock in table below shows availability for items ready to ship next day. We have parts for OLED kits and they are built to order.
|JX8P OLED Module – 26×2 useable character display on PCB with fitted mounting pins & screws. Same design as JX10 OLED with different hardware.||140||0|
|JX10 OLED Module – 40×2 character display on PCB with fitted mounting pins & screws||140||0|
|JX10 VFD Module – Noritake GU280 on PCB with fitted mounting pins & screws||230||0|
|MKS70 OLED Module – 40×2 character display & hardware||140||3|
|MKS70 VFD Kit – Noritake GU280, Display PCB, cable & hardware||240||0|
|Replacement SuperJX & JX8P Power bare PCB. Supports JX8P. Price includes shipping. European customers: we can put this item on Etsy to avoid customs fees & pay VAT only at checkout.||35||3|
|OLED module 40×2 character for retrofit into JD-800, DX5, DX7IIFD, D550, D50 or Korg M1. Also recently tested in upgraded Korg DSS1. This requires confidence, electronic knowledge and soldering skills to fit. This display is tested and validated for compatibility. This is not a Winstar display and is same specially made one used in JX10/8P OLED kit.For Korg M1 an adaptor header/PCB is required, 1 GBP extra.||74||5|
|Cartridge Cable Adaptor Blank PCB for JX10. Free world shipping by letter post.||17||9|
|Power Brick blank PCB for powering VFD module.||6||2|
|Roland JD-800 Keyboard Repair Kit consisting of Flexible PCB, transition board & label||160||28|
|Reworked Roland JD-800 Keyboard Repair Kit consisting of Flexible PCB, transition board & label – contact us for details of repair||110||0|
|Roland U-20 Keyboard Repair Kit consisting of Flexible PCB, transition board, screws, spacers, cables & label||170||2|
Based in UK
We are based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK. Any small amounts of money made, is used to fund the next project and keep these classic music synthesizers alive.
Items ordered are all sourced and custom made to order, in very low volume. For the very best reliability, all parts are brand new from approved distributors where they can be traced back to original manufacturers. We can supply a receipt on request (non VAT, Sole Trader only).
Printed Circuit Boards all have traces of non corrosive flux present as part of a “no clean” process. Cleaning is avoided so that coating is not damaged on SMD components that would otherwise make them vulnerable to moisture.
VAT is not charged on these prices, but VAT and fees has to be paid if imported into your country.
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