DC connector: road worthy?

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DC connector: road worthy?

Unread post by graspieper » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:46 pm

Hi all,

I just bought the MODX6, and very satisfied about the build quality, specs, sound & possibilities.
However, what is your opinion on the power connector on the keyboard: will it be road worthy?

I know, it's not a Montage, having a 230V power socket,
but Roland provides extra ruggedness on their cheaper keyboards:
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Any suggestions on possible DIY improvements?

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Re: DC connector: road worthy?

Unread post by Saul » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:50 pm

Hi graspieper, welcome to the forums :)

I have not come across any problems with the power connector myself but I do understand why many gigging musicians would be concerned. However the power lead won't just fall out on it's own. It would need someone to pull on it and that can happen on any type of power lead.
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Re: DC connector: road worthy?

Unread post by graspieper » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:09 pm

Thx!

It's not the fact that it would 'fall out', but I'm rather concerned that a strain on the power cord (eg. by somebody tripping over) might affect the DC socket on the PCB. That's why they include this strain-relief above the socket, but it's not as elegant as the Roland solution I think..
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Re: DC connector: road worthy?

Unread post by Saul » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:24 pm

Yeah I see what you mean but I am pretty sure the strain would be on the outer ring part of the socket. I think the design is such that should someone trip over the cable the lead would be pulled out rather than it pulling the whole keyboard with it. It may not look like it does much but I think it is fairly effective.
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Re: DC connector: road worthy?

Unread post by Derek » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:41 pm

Hi,

I run my cables up the keyboard stand and I use Velcro Cable ties to provide strain relief. Suggest you consider the same.

Depending on the length of the power cable on the wall wart, you could wrap a turn of it around one of the supports.
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Re: DC connector: road worthy?

Unread post by parametric » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:19 am

Certainly in any environment other than "Home" - I would recommend some kind of strain-relief measures . . .

The only "support" those coaxial power sockets usually have is the LEGS soldered to the pcb (i.e the connections).

IME - there is a limit to the number of times they can be re-soldered . . . . in cases of damage . .

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