How to Replace the Keys on a Yamaha Piano Keyboard

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How to Replace the Keys on a Yamaha Piano Keyboard
Replacing piano keys is much easier on a keyboard (keyboard image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

For years the Japanese firm Yamaha has been one of the most trusted names among the manufacturers of musical instruments. Yamaha began manufacturing reed organs in 1887 and claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments, including electronic keyboards. A drawback of the old-fashioned stringed pianos is that when an individual key needs to be replaced, you most assuredly need to call a professional repairman. However, with the invention of the keyboard, replacing keys is an easy procedure which anyone can do themselves.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Replacement piano key
  • Phillips head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unscrew the six screws from the left side of the keyboard, as well as the four screws from the right side. Once all the screws have been removed, you can separate the plastic siding of the keyboard.

  2. 2

    Remove the four screws from that metal ledge that you uncovered by removing the plastic siding in step 1. There will be a metal ledge on each the left and right side of the piano. Once these screws are removed, lift up on the top case of the keyboard to exposed its internal components.

  3. 3

    Remove all of the screws that are found against the back wall of the individual keyboard keys. Removing these screws will allow you to shift the entire keyboard back slightly so that you have room to remove the key in the next step.

  4. 4

    Remove the key stop from the front of the keyboard. The key stop is a thin piece of white plastic that runs along the entire front of the keyboard preventing the keys from moving forward. Simply lift up on the key stop to remove it. Locate the key that you wish to replace and slide a thin flat object down into the left side of the key. While pushing down on the thin object, lift up on the back of the key to separate it from the keyboard. Once you can lift it, slide the entire key forward until it clears the small notch to which the front of the key was connected.

  5. 5

    Locate your replacement key. At the front inside of the key you will notice a small indention. The notch that you had to clear to remove the key in the previous step will be inserted into this small indention when reinstalling a key. Slide the key onto this notch and then push the back of the key down against the keyboard until you hear a distinct click; the click will signify that the new key is locked into place. Reassemble the keyboard by rescrewing everything back together exactly how it was removed.

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