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Guitar Hero World Tour drum set/cymbal not working

My yellow cymbal shows up as the orange and does not sound the same-the orange one sounds right but the yellow does not. Also if you hit the red drum very hard it makes the cymbal hit too. Anyone know how to fix this?

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Send it into actvision and ask them to repair it.

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