Roland Juno 60 part 10: three years later… finishing touches

I didn’t mean to get side tracked, but life does that to you some times.  I just read through the nine posts I did about restoring this thing and realized I created one of those internet dead ends we all hate so much, where the guy is reaching from the top of the ladder to a woman who’s hanging out of the window of a burning building… well, not that dramatic, but I did leave the reader wondering what the hell happened.

The panel:  the panel that you see in post one, with all the paint and scratches and glue and stars… I replaced that with one I got from Doug at Synthparts that only had a few very small scratches and a tiny dent.

The circuit boards: All my parts eventually showed up after about 4 weeks and it went together.  I didn’t get any pictures of the soldering process, but who cares right?  One of the voices had some trouble so I eventually sent it to Chris at This old synth who sorted it out.  I still long for a good oscilloscope.

The keybed:  I never got the original keybed to work very well, always had some glitchy keys, so I bought a Roland Piano Plus 11 that used the same keybed -which happened to be in perfect condition.

The cost.  My original estimate ended up being low by probably $200, so I worked for free on this synth…

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Everything in its right place.  I even put all the wire ties back where they went.

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I ended up buying this pitch bend panel from Doug along with the panel.  Screws came from elsewhere on the synth.

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Looks amazing no?  The white buttons even came out very white.

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You can see there are some light scratches above the arpeggio lettering.

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Note the tiny dent in the corner.

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I even cleaned up and reused this red plug.

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Just going to have to live with that little divot in the button.

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I went back and adjusted the LFO rate slider.  It’s straight in the next picture.

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I think I got these bespoke screws from Doug as well.  I thought about calling one of those dent pro guys that removed door dings on cars etc, but decided a little patina was okay on a 30+ year old synth.

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Even looks good from this angle.

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