sliding keyboard cover stuck open

by Elizabeth
(Texas)

Technics sx-PX224/M

Technics sx-PX224/M

I have a Technics sx-PX224/M that my nephew just returned to me. While in his possession, he somehow managed to get the sliding keyboard cover stuck in the open position. I can see that the little white "gears" are in their tracks, but the front edge of the cover is about half way up inside the piano, and I cannot pull it down. I have looked and cannot see that it is hung up on anything. The piano still functions well, but I would like to be able to cover the keys when I am not using it. Has anyone ever had this problem with their piano? If so, any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Oct 08, 2009
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Keyboard Cover
by: Alfred

Dear Elizabeth & CMc: Wish I'd thought of the solution. CMc's post is proof how well the Forum can work!

Oct 08, 2009
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by: Anonymous

I have had this happen a number of times when moving the piano (if you place the keyboard on its back, this will happen every time). Anyway, tilt it forward slightly, and loosen the screws on the back of the piano. You likely will not have to take the screws all the way out (just make them loose) before the keyboard cover will drop back into place. Voila!

Good luck.

CMc

Sep 07, 2009
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by: Alfred

Dear Elizabeth: Sorry, I addressed my comments to "Anonymous". While on the subject, do not use excessive force at any time while attempting a solution, and remember to post a comment if you are successful. Thanks..

Sep 07, 2009
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Stuck Keyboard Cover
by: Alfred

Dear Anonymous: This might be a case of "frozen" grease locking up movement of the gears. Try squirting a SMALL AMOUNT OF LIGHT MACHINE OIL onto the visible and accessible teeth and axles of the gears. If you can move the cover in and out - even slightly - do so. after applying the oil.
Sometimes it is only one or two teeth of gears (which you can't see) jamming over other gears or rack & pinion assemblies, and the jiggling might solve your problem. Please post a comment in this Forum if my suggestion works, so other participants can apply it if needed. Thank you and good luck.

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