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Korg BX-3 (Gen 1) Support

Analog Korg BX-3 circa 1980This is Korg’s dual-manual version of the original Korg CX-3. It is literally two CX-3 organs in one case with the added feature of vibrato and chorus. It is distinguishable from the second-generation BX-3 because its drawbars are to the left of each manual. This keyboard is known by several aliases, analog BX-3, BX-3 v1, and BX-3.1.

Because the two manuals are independent of each other, there are a few things you can do with a BX-3 you cannot do on a Hammond B3. For example, you can select percussion on the lower manual, and you can tune the manuals independent of each other.

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Repair Services

While the BX-3 is a small fraction of the size and weight of a Hammond B3, it is still a large and heavy beast. While you may send in the organ for repair, it may be less expensive for you to work with a local repair technician. We will then work with your technician to diagnose the problem, if needed. Your technician may send in just the internal circuit boards for repair, or order parts as needed to effect the repair. If you are your own technician and have basic electronic soldering skills, great!

Aside from the very well-known Siemens IC problems, a lesser known problem are leaky electrolytic capacitors. These capacitors can destroy circuit board traces, making repairs more difficult and repair job quotes nearly impossible. Because of this, most quotes are time and materials. We always do our best to give a low and high estimate. If we find an issue that did not show up in the initial estimate, we will notify you immediately so you may determine whether you want to add it to the job scope.

Use the Support request form to send a request for repair services.


Upgrades

At this time, there are no upgrades available for the BX-3 (we’re working on some!).


Parts

We have nearly every part needed to repair a BX-3. The most common component failures on a BX-3 are, in decreasing order of occurrence, are:

With the exception of mechanical parts, a failure in other components almost never occurs. We do not recommend replacing parts other than those listed for “good measure,” especially transistors. The BX-3 circuits contain several transistors in matched pairs that should be replaced only if necessary.

Capacitor Kits

We highly recommend replacing all aluminum electrolytic capacitors, given the age of these organs and the problems we have seen over the years. We keep inventory low to keep part freshness as high as possible.

DescriptionPart NumberAvailabilityUnit Price (USD)Ordering
Electrolytic Capacitor Kit, Korg BX-3, Gen 192-9000050220 day lead time$76.00
Electrolytic Capacitor Kit, Korg KLM-308 Circuit Board92-9000010120 day lead time$19.00
Electrolytic Capacitor Kit, Korg KLM-244 Circuit Board92-9000020020 day lead time$18.00
Electrolytic Capacitor Kit, Korg KLM-245 Circuit Board92-9000030120 day lead time$31.00
Electrolytic Capacitor Kit, Korg KLM-246 Circuit Board92-9000040120 day lead time$24.00

Siemens ICs

DescriptionPart NumberAvailabilityUnit Price (USD)Ordering
IC, Siemens SM304A Keyboard Encoder, 40-DIP (NOS)39-000030417 in stock$90.00
IC, Siemens SM305A3 Organ Tone Generator, 40-DIP (NOS)39-0000305130 in stock$90.00
IC, Siemens SM305B Organ Tone Generator, 40-DIP (NOS)39-0000305212 in stock$90.00

Miscellaneous

Important information for Customers outside the US: If you choose to ship via International Economy, Parastream can only guarantee that your shipment arrives at the point of entry into your country. The tracking number may not provide status once it reaches your country. Parastream will not be able to offer any assistance in tracking your shipment once it reaches your country. If you require complete end-to-end tracking and delivery guarantees, you should choose Standard International. More information...


Videos

We recently had a customer post a detailed step-by-step procedure for replacing keys in a Korg BX-3: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cavemusic/5442306025/in/set-72157626041701006.


DYI Resources

We put a lot of time into creating, gathering, and organizing the information in this page. If you found any of this to be useful to you, especially if it helped you to make or save money, please  to help us continue making content like this available. We are also raising money to help us purchase the equipment we need to be able to offer parts and service for this and other products. Please visit our Electronic Hardware Purchases page for details and consider making a contribution.

Visit our Korg BX-3/CX-3 Gen 1 Troubleshooting page if you would like to take a crack at repairing your BX-3.

Manuals

IC Datasheets

Theory of Operation


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