Fixing My Yamaha Electone Me-50: An FM Synthesizer Home Organ from 1986

The home organ market has largely died out in North America due to the versatility of synthesizers. However, the author still owns a 1986 Yamaha Electone ME-50, which requires maintenance. This model does not try to mimic vintage design, boasting advanced features such as automatic chord playing and rhythm generation. The organ utilizes FM synthesis chips for a variety of instruments. A supercapacitor stores presets, but can fail over time. Repairing the organ involves replacing components and exploring alternative data storage methods, such as cassette jacks for MIDI data transfer. Overall, the Electone ME-50 represents a unique piece of 1980s musical technology that is both sophisticated and prone to technical issues.

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