I hope someone can help me or provide me with some information. I had a bit of an impulse purchase of the Samba de Amigo Maracas on Mercari. Usually I check to see the state of the item in the listing and if the owner wrote that it was functional or if they tested it before purchase. But long story short, these maracas arrived damaged. I cannot return/replace them. They now sit in my closet as a sad reminder to always check to make sure the cable and ports are not damaged or broken on these things before buying and waiting months for shipping to get it to you.
They use what I think is called 6 pin terminal ( DIN s?) to connect to the controller base.
*UPDATE: Now I'm thinking it uses PS/2 ports*
One of my maracas is missing a pin from its connector.
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My fear is the the missing pin from the maraca is still stuck in one of the sockets. Ive tried using powerful flashlights to get better vision but still cant tell if a piece of the old pin is stuck in either one of those controller ports. I'm worried about plugging this in to test and further damaging it with the pins being like that. Does anyone have any experience with these 6 pin terminal(?) PS/2 connectors being so brittle? Or have any experience with them at all lol.
I noticed it looked like someone had already done work on one of the cables?! These are 1st party maracas so I have no idea why they have different connectors at the ends of the cable!
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Could this be something you could fix by buying a new 6 pin connector and or socket and replacing them? Or is this how many of them are and I'm overthinking this being a problem and just plug it in and pretend its fine?
UPDATE 1: I'm buying spare parts to try to fix this myself, if anyone can confirm that its using PS/2 ports that would save me wasted money on parts. I will update here with my progress for anyone else that has to do something like this. Also if anyone else has a set of maracas could tell me if they have a missing pin, that would also be greatly appreciated.