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Introduction

No keyboard no sound. It's easy as that. But don't be afraid, replacing it is also very easy.

This guide shows you how to replace the keyboard of your OP-1.

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    • To get to the screws beneath the keyboard you need to take some keys off. You can use either an opening tool or an opening pick. The first picture shows how it should look like with all the necessary keys off (12 in total).

    • The four longer keys from the fingerboard are to be handled from the left side to get them off.

    • The eight smaller keys need to be levered from the bottom up.

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    • The scissor mechanism of the eight small keys are obstructing the underlying screws.

    • By using again an opening tool or opening pick these can be snapped off easily.

    • When reassembling be sure to place them in with the correct side facing upwards.

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    • Loosen those 12 screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Then just pull off the four rotary knobs and the volume knob.

    • Now it is possible to slightly lift the keyboard and set it back.

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    • Unlock the flex cables by pushing the two black nibs on both sides of each connector.

    • Now you can pull the flex cables out and remove the keyboard completely.

    • When installing the new keyboard, make sure to remove the protective film underneath the screen.

    • The OP-1 has a mode to test specific functions. You can enter it by holding the "COM" button while powering on, then choose the function test (2). You don't have to complete every test and can power off after the keyboard test.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Tobias Isakeit

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Nice guide Tobias!

Worked like a charm. My OP-1 feels brand new.

Thanks iFixit X TeenageEngineering for providing these replacement parts!

Keep it up <3

Flavius Ivancu - Reply

Awesome guide! Thank you!!!

Jason Wasiak - Reply

After reassembling everything I have one key ( the upper A) which retriggers the sound randomly if I press the key.

I hope that the reason is not that I put the flex cable back too loose … and i have to open it again. Anyone had this before?

Raimund S - Reply

This happened to me constantly, only by taking the key off I noticed the tiniest amount of moisture, a mere misting, nesting in the board. it had been re-triggering randomly… Not ideal whilst constantly gigging. Seems to be triggering normally now after drying it in front of a heater. The only thing I think could of caused this is a dry ice machine I played beside a few weeks ago.

Qaiyyum Tajudin -

Perfect. Thanks :)

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