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sheraton    20

i had a bit of a nightmare ............my 8-track recorder broke down, midway through working on 3 different ideas :(

the utility switch, which is the most used switch, ceased to function......it had been playing up for a while, and as i've had the 8-track for good few years - it's seen plenty regular action, i assumed the switch had reached the end of it's life......clicked it's last click :(

without this switch the rest of the unit is worthless, so nothing to lose by having a wee look inside and a wee tinker ;)

i opened it up and had to do a fair bit of dismantling to get to the switch, i cleaned the boards of dust and powered it up - outside the casing - and tried pressing the switch directly, it was obvious it was dead

i noticed another switch, that when i thought about it, i don't think i have ever even pressed, so i could use the unit without that one............i'm not great with electrical things or a soldering iron, but i thought it worth risking more damage and having a go at swapping the switches over...................i did............and :) it works and the utility switch feels brand new now :D

i did mix up two of the external buttons upon the rebuild - one has a wee window for an led to shine through, the other hasn't

i'll consider stripping it back to fix this, but not right now - it's quite a hassle, and now it works i wouldn't want to jeopordise it....lol

back to recording ;)

here's a couple of pics of the inside

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the offending switch in the middle

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the replacement switch

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and my soldering work on the back - the two points second from top in the middle of the pic

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Paul..............

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micky mac    14

wow thats confusing looking.

i bought a soldering iron last week so i could learn to swap pickups on my guitars i changed them on one of my guitars and they dont buzz or anything great except the pickup selector switch works back to front now lol.

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micky mac    14

wow thats confusing looking.

i bought a soldering iron last week so i could learn to swap pickups on my guitars i changed them on one of my guitars and they dont buzz or anything great except the pickup selector switch works back to front now lol.

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micky mac    14

wow thats confusing looking.

i bought a soldering iron last week so i could learn to swap pickups on my guitars i changed them on one of my guitars and they dont buzz or anything great except the pickup selector switch works back to front now lol.

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hearinvoices    12

I would be of no help at all. You got a whole lot farther than I ever would have Paul! That sucker would have been a paper weight in my house and I would have had to fork out more money on a new one. Nice work Paul. By the way do you do house calls? lol

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mset3    158

Paul,

Good detective work here. Since you didn't use the other switch, it was worth making the switch (no pun intended). Good Job!

Mike

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