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PLEASE NOTE: While the photos here are representative for this procedure, they may not be of the specific equipment you are repairing.

Important Disclaimer: This information is intended to assist you in repairing your keyboard, which is presumably no longer under warranty. Doing this type of work will almost certainly void any existing warranty coverage. Syntaur offers this information as a free service, and makes no warranties of any kind regarding its use. You are solely responsible for any damages, problems, or injuries resulting from opening up and working on your equipment. Unless otherwise indicated, the keyboard should be powered off and unplugged while these procedures are being done; otherwise, you can be exposed to potentially fatal voltages. If you do not feel comfortable or competent in performing these tasks, we strongly recommend taking your keyboard to a service center.

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Opening Up an Ensoniq EPS, EPS-16 Plus, plastic-case Mirage, ESQ-1, SQ-80, VFX, VFX-sd, or SD-1 Keyboard
Ensoniq Top Panel

To get to the insides of an Ensoniq EPS, EPS-16-Plus, plastic-case Mirage, ESQ-1, SQ-80, VFX, VFX-sd, or SD-1 keyboard, you will need to remove four screws - one in each corner of the upper panel. These are usually hex-head machine screws, for which you will need a small Allen wrench (as pictured). Some keyboards, though, have Phillips-head screws, so for these you will need a Phillips screwdriver.

Once these four screws are removed, lift the front edge of the panel, and pull it open like a car hood (it is hinged along the back edge). It will easily open a little bit - and then it will feel stuck. Go ahead and keep pulling, even when you are worried you will break something! It takes a lot of force to get the top panel to snap away from the studs where the screws mount, but eventually it will come free and the panel will swing open nicely.