Archive for the ‘repair’ Category

#FixitFriday – LVL1 as a Repair Cafe

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Across the world “Repair Cafes” are being founded to help people repair things and save them from being tossed in the trash. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept check out this short video:

This is actually a large part of what folks at LVL1 have done in our space over the years, however it seems that we may not be communicating this effectively.  There’s been discussions online regarding starting a Repair Cafe here in Louisville but given that we already have LVL1 and we’re already set up to do this we thought we’d just set up a formal time for folks to meet at our space specifically to work on helping fix each other’s broken stuff.

Come to our space every Friday night at 8 and help volunteer to fix things or bring in something broken for us to try and fix.  No guarantees but we’ll see what we can do!

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repair Cafe

PODxt Amp Modeler

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My PODxt kept slipping in and out of tuner mode, making it pretty much useless. Cleaned up some excess flux and now the little jerk is functioning properly. New firmware updates and everything. An Amp modeler that I haven’t used for years, and now I’m using it as often as possible. Thanks Chris for the help.

Synth Resurrection

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Last thursday night, a tragic event occurred. My bandmate’s Nord Lead 2 synthesizer darted in front of a car and was run over. Crushed, mangled and inoperational.

Before:

He brought the wreckage over to my place Friday night. I worked a little synth triage and was able to get it banged out and functioning. Some hammering, superglue, resoldering to a busted power supply and it lives again!

After:




I’m calling it the Nord Bleed. It’s completely operational and playable. The high C key was pulverized beyond repair, so I left it off. I need to source some replacement potentiometers and knobs. The are all 100ohm pots, but have an uncommon 4mm D-shaft I haven’t found a replacement for yet. Once the bent and snapped pots are replaced it will be 100% tweakable again. I have much respect for the Swedes at Clavia and their roadworthy (literally) engineering.

LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206