Following up on this post (from last *year* -- ha!), I finally have a functioning piano.
First, I shopped around for a piano synth. It looks like they don't really make dedicated piano synths any more. People who want a piano sound either (1) buy a controller with the synth built in, or (2) hook up their controller to their computer, and buy a (much cheaper) software synth. There is also the rare case of (3) buying a really expensive, top-of-the-line hardware synth that has dozens of voices and a bunch of extra features.
So that's how I wound up shopping for old piano synths from the early nineties on ebay. I finally settled on the Kurzweil MicroPiano, which was pretty well-regarded, and which I could get for $150. So I ordered that on ebay. Then I realized it didn't come with a power adapter. So I figured out the specs for the adapter -- at the last minute, I realized it took 9VAC instead of 9VDC -- and ordered an appropriate one from allelectronics.com.
The synth arrived (yay!). The adapter arrived (yay!). I plugged everything in (yay!). I turned on the synth (yay!). And then... nothing. It didn't even turn on. (BOOOO!)
Next step: find a multimeter. This all went down right before my trip to Chicago, so I just packed my adapter and took it with me. My first night in Chicago, I visited Bob (who owns a multimeter), and we figured out that yes, the adapter was dead.
I told allelectronics.com about this. They agreed to send a (tested) replacement. The new adatper showed up (yay!). I plugged everything in again (yay!). I turned on the synth, and it worked! I could set it to "demo mode", and it would output a cheery little piano melody.
Next, I turned on my piano controller -- for the first time in maybe three years -- and... nothing. (BOOOO!) I borrowed another multimeter (this one from Karin and Bruce), and tested the power adapter for the controller. *It* was dead. So, time to place another order from allelectronics.com. The new adapter arrived promptly, and now... everything worked! For the first time in ages, I was able to clumsily bang out chords on my piano.
Mood: productive · Music: none