In my previous post, I spoke of my purchase of a sad looking Yamaha MQ-1602.
This week-end, I put my cleaning advice to the test and moved forward on the cleaning of this vintage, dusty console.

For a reminder, here is its “pre-cleaning state”:

Yamaha MQ1602

Here is further proof (quicktime video) of its need for a shower, once the knobs off… Look at those dust balls and other sticky surfaces!

Armed with patience and love, I proceeded to clean…

Here are the knobs drying in the kitchen, after being submitted to hot soapy water:


And, 3 hours later, here are some post cleaning shots:





Here are some tips when you embark on this kind of project:

  • Order your cleaning products ahead of time. Make sure you have all you will need (see video from previous post for more details)
  • Take a few pictures of your console before you start. This is very helpful when you put the knobs back on. Which color goes where?
  • Take your time.
  • Un-plug first


Wow! It looks great! I am so happy!
Not quite new, I give you that… But still.
It is now a good looking vintage analog console.

I can hear you mumbling. “So much work on a beat-up Yamaha MQ1602… Why?”, you say.

I hear you. But look at the big picture!
I am working in interations.
I have validated the hypothesis that I can clean!
After doing it on a low-stake 100 Dollar/Euro console, I feel confident I can do it on a 10 000 Dollar/Euro console. This could be the beginning of a new business. Perfect for an “embellisher” like me 🙂

And staying on the subject of this Yamaha MQ-1602, I can now move on to validate my next hypothesis I have for it: Can it be a good budget analog summing box ?

Be patient with me…
Happy trails!