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Hello. Another RM4 fizzing out......

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:10 pm
by Modulartothemax
Hello everyone. I pulled my RM4 out of storage where it has been for a few years and it seems to be a real mess. I have done some searches and and tried a few things so I am hoping someone can help. When I turn it on it sounds like it is not receiving full power. If I turn the gain down on a module it distorts and sounds fuzzy and cuts out almost like there is a noise gate on the guitar signal. I have tried a few things like using contact cleaner on all of the jacks. Another scary thing is if I mess with the gain knob on one module it affects the other. And the channel switching button is not working. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it. I am not afraid to try anything, otherwise if anyone knows a good repair person in Europe it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:35 pm
by withmittens
try fresh tubes. Other than that your probably right in contact cleaner on everything as it may have taken on humidity while in storage. open it up and make sure everything is clean

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:05 pm
by Modulartothemax
Thanks for the reply. I did switch out the 3 preamp tubes. The scary thing is that the channels seem to be bleeding. Tried getting it to switch midi but no luck.

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:44 pm
by galao
Sounds like a defective MIDI board or an issue with the power supply going to the MIDI board.

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:07 pm
by Modulartothemax
Hmmmmm. Maybe I will have to order one of those 2 channel midi board from you and fix it the right way?????

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:19 pm
by galao
Where are you located?

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:39 pm
by galao
This is a job for a tech. It doesn´t make sense to replace the board if i.e. there is a short, a defective voltage regulator or another problem that is not located on the board itself.

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:01 pm
by Modulartothemax
I am in England. The scary thing is their is bleeding through the modules as well. The sound from one is going into another.. Almost as if a channel isn't selected.....

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:15 pm
by galao
If there is a voltage on two or more wires coming from the pic controller on the MIDI board it may happen that you hear them simultaneously as all audio outs are in parallel with each other. If you say that neither the front switch nor the MIDI in work, I´m sure that there must be something wrong in the area of the MIDI board.

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:51 pm
by Modulartothemax
Thank you so much for the reply. I will be in touch..

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:40 am
by tschrama
Pretty sure it's is a power supply issue playing havoc on the optocouplers. At least that would explain your symptoms.

If you can't get it fixed, I will be glad to have a look. I'm in the Netherlands, so it might not be convenient, but I have experience with servicing Randall MTS equipment.

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:02 pm
by Modulartothemax
Thank you for the message. I will certainly consider it. I suppose it is worth resurrecting.