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Roland TR-808    Problems
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Roland TR-808



Introduced by the Roland Corporation in 1980, the TR-808 was one of the first programmable drum machines.

Although it doesn't sound like real drums, the signature "808" sound has been used on more hit records than any other beatbox.

The sound remains popular in hip-hop, pop, R&B, house, electro, techno, trap, and electronic dance music.

This Repair Story shows you how to take apart a Roland TR-808 and fix some common problems.

 



Inside the TR-808 is a flat ribbon cable (left) that can crack, either by age, weather or accident.

This Story illustrates a couple fixes for such a crack.



The Story also shows you how to fix intermittent step switches in the TR-808.

The electrical contacts in the "tact" switches (left) eventually wear out with use.  This Story shows you how to install new ones.

New tact switches can be purchased in our online store:

Buy Roland TR-808 Tact Switch



Lastly, the Story shows you how to replace a broken battery holder in the TR-808.

New battery holders are available in our online store:

Buy Roland TR-808 Battery Holder

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