Send/Receive 1/4 inch socket bypass switches

For those of you who say "always replace" - ignore the following. It is for people like me who find it pointless replacing with weaker modern replacements unless the original is obviously weak with much reduced switch-closure force.

Yet another amp "failing" due to dirty/grimey such unused bypass switch. I prefer to beef up the closure force on the existing ones , after cleaning the "contacts", (contact is far too grandiose). The spring action is still good but beefing up will make dirtying/griming of contacts less problematic, loss of amp-preamp by-pass action less likely, better contact with 1/4 plugs where the send/returns are used. Requirements - Hama beads (small coloured plastic rings, trade name, they get everywhere if kids use them) for making pseudo mosaics on a sort of pegboard found in toy / craft shops, the size required here 5mm wide, 5mm outside diameter, 2mm inside diameter.

2mm silicon rubber cordage from angling shop.

Two plastic beads rest neatly in the exposed groove part of the flexing part of the switch, to spread load , locate neatly in housing and act as grips during assembly. Take 2 beads and 150 mm of cordage , pass through both beads and return to pass through a second time. Pull the first cord to reduce the diameter, introduce the other cut end and by a "preristaltic" action pull the second run through each bead like this. Pull tight to form a loop of about 6mm diameter. 2 tight passes through 2 rings mean this loop stays as formed while finishing off. This loop, stretch over the open end of the socket, with the beads in the groove. Loop the free ends of the cord around the other side of the terminals and wires and tie tightly via the other side of the terminals at the "hinged" end. Swathe in hot-melt glue to avoid the knot untying and bond to the socket housing, to avoid the hinge end , free end of the socket , cordage dropping off again, unlikely as the contact ends drop in a slot in the housing . Cut off loos ends of cordage.

-- Diverse Devices, Southampton, England electronic hints and repair briefs , schematics/manuals list on

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N Cook
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You could just educate your clients. Proper amp care includes exercising all controls and jacks once or twice a year. It's that simple. Really.


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I thought weak switches happened from end-of- lifetime considerations... or some insane temperature.

That said, the level of work given here (we haven't even gotten into the switch yet) implies that this procedure should only be attempted on a switch that is no longer available, or is otherwise original to a collectible amp. I repaired a stomp switch in my tweed Falcon's footpedal simply by opening it up and re-distributing the factory grease that had worn away... thing works fine now. I had to drill out tiny rivets and go back with 2-20 hardware, but I felt it was worth it.... looking at two worn buttons being nicer than one shiny and one worn. __ Steve .

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Stephen Cowell

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