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Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Ojustaboo » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:16 pm

Been given an old Roland RD-250s that's been badly looked after and doesn't currently work.

I've stripped it right down and the felt the keys hit is completely gone.

I can't see anything like it anywhere I've googled, seems to be a very spongy rubber with a thin layer of felt on top.

I've found something that might do, but it's only available for piano technicians and you have to log in to find the price (cant pretend I'm one and register).

The only other alternative is to use some kind of normal felt, but not sure whether felt from the likes of ebay are up to the job?

Anyone have any suggestions please?

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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:25 pm

Hi Ojustaboo!

Felt is felt, so as long as you get a suitable thickness that will fit your keyboard then you don't necessarily need to buy specialist stuff.

Having said that, I suspect that the special stuff probably comes as one long strip, wheres most craft-based felt is bought in panels, so you'd have at least several joins along the keyboard length.

EDIT: Even the specialist stuff seems cheap enough, as well as easier to use - here's the first suitable link I found on Amazon.com - Gemm Piano Self Adhesive Nameboard Felt (Red) n a 52-inch long strip for just $6.50:

https://www.amazon.com/Gemm-Piano-Self- ... B01M4Q7KD8


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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby zenguitar » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:20 pm

And don't forget the obvious. Roland tech support can be very helpful as well, they may have a genuine spare partor else they may be able to suply an alternative or direct you to a suitable supplier.

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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Wonks » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:25 am

Martin Walker wrote:EDIT: Even the specialist stuff seems cheap enough, as well as easier to use - here's the first suitable link I found on Amazon.com - Gemm Piano Self Adhesive Nameboard Felt (Red) n a 52-inch long strip for just $6.50:

https://www.amazon.com/Gemm-Piano-Self- ... B01M4Q7KD8

I'm just speculating (as I don't know), but that looks like a pure felt adhesive strip, whereas the OPs description of the RD-250's strip was more like foam with a material topping. The RD-250 may have a 'piano action', but the keyboard doesn't have a true piano construction, so some springiness in the strip may be required.

As Zen says, try the Roland distributor first. If you have no luck there and if you can get hold of the adhesive felt, then you can always try it out as it doesn't look expensive, but the response of the keyboard may change as a result.

Alternatively, you can buy neoprene foam strip in various thicknesses and widths, which will give you some compliance. You may be able to create a neoprene + felt composite that isn't too thick, with the felt giving mechanical protection from the key for the neoprene.
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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Ojustaboo » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:25 am

Many thanks

I will give Roland a call if I get the keyboard working (few other bits I'll probably need). Their website doesn't give the option to inquire about spares via the web, unless it's for a current registered product, they simply refer me to various keyboard repair places throughout the UK. And of course they will all probably have it, but I would rather buy it from where they get it from :)

I think what Wonks says is correct, if I look at the RD-250s, the felt is approx 6mm deep, with 4 mm being a very very stiff/solid but spongy foam, plus 2mm top felt, whereas the felt Martin kindly linked to, looks more like the felt that goes on the case that the keys hit when released.

here's a few pics showing how worn the felt it, what it should look like (end pic) and what I think the felt Martin linked to probably is.

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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Wonks » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:49 am

Yes, you could probably make your own replacement from two separate self-adhesive strips. Good luck!
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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Ojustaboo » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:29 pm

Many thanks.

Was given it for free as it was dead (well a few switches lit up)

One new capacitor (had to buy 5 for £1.20) and 16 new tactile switches (had to buy 50 for £2.40) and it seems to be working fine :)

So far total cost £3.60 inc del (RS Components)

One of the keyboard contacts is broken, and so far I've spent over 2 hrs trying to find one online. So I've put that contact at the highest F# (second to top note) until I source one.

Now to wash the keys and get some felt :)
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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Ojustaboo » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:54 pm

Phoned Roland UK, they don't keep spares and don't have a spares department.

They said my best bet was to contact Mike at Electronic Music Services in Southend to see if he can help.

Sent him an email
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Re: Anyone know where I can get keyboard felt from please?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:15 pm

Well this is all sounding positive Ojustaboo! :thumbup:

And yes, I did assume that you were referring to the red top felt :blush:


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