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Korg cx3 (non-vintage) - The upper drawbar 1 and 2 buttons stopped working. Every other button works perfecting fine (I have not tried the lower drawbar buttons since I don't have a separate keyboard

I bought this product used a few months ago and I've had no problems with it since then. Can't figure out why two buttons would go bad, and buttons that aren't even regularly used since I generally keep it on the upper drawbar 1 setting for the entirety of my gigs.

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SOURCE: I have a1980 Korg CX3. Last night at the gig It

This is likely a power supply problem. It is important that all interconnected equipment be powered by the same receptacle OR source or isolation such as DI's be used for system safety.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011


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The introduction in the manual warns that you should ask your dealer or store in order to change the batteries. I'd suggest seeing if they have any advice.

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