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#1 es336td

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:03 PM

I love my M9... the small footprint is perfect for my pedal board.  One thing that has plagued me with the unit is the damn foot switches.  Springs and plungers to hit a circuit board mounted touch switches is a fine idea, but not practical for something meant to be used for live performance and actually toured with.   My 2 4-space SKB/Gator racks fell on my pedal board and caused all kinds of problems.  I'm sure it knocked the circuit board loose from the plastic standoffs.   I had to take it to service and he fixed it.  Now, the switches are acting up again.  More than likely the plunger/spring has moved and doesn't always make contact with the touch switch.   I also have an X3 Live mounted on a PedalTrain pedalboard that has its own padded briefcase.  Recently, the X3 was on top of other cases on a cart.  I was loading out, and the case fell about 2 feet to a concrete walk.  The top row of switches stopped working.  Opening it up, the circuit board had come loose from the standoffs; the goop they used to hold it on there, had flaked off.  Not knowing what to use as the goop, I mounted it on the standoffs and used electrical tape to ensure it stayed.   noticed the plastic bottom cover had little risers under the foot switches to give that circuit board some support; nothing similar for the top row.  I had some firm foam I purchased to insulate a speaker cabinet.  Sliced off a section to fit under the top board to do like the risers.  It worked.

 

Now, after all that crap back story... my main question is...  I saw, somewhere out there, where someone had replaced this system with actual Carling foot switches like most stomp boxes have.  It's a big PITA, but seems like it would be worth the effort.   Has anyone seen this procedure out there?   I can't find the site.  I'm seriously thinking of doing this to the M9 and the X3 as soon as I can afford it.  Really tired of the quirky nature of these two fine units.   If they could fix that and actually have an editor for the M9, I'd be in heaven.   Alas, I doubt that would happen.

 

Thanx!

 

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:59 AM

this place will mod it. http://r3fx.com/shop...t&product_id=57


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:20 PM

this place will mod it. http://r3fx.com/shop...t&product_id=57

Thanx!   Anyone on here dealt with this place?


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:20 AM

they've been around for a while, and have changed the website a few times... sure they're legit... saw some youtube vids as well if i recall.

no personal experience though.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:20 PM

I found two places and wondered if anyone had experience.  R3FX is one, and JHV3 (http://www.jhv3.com/m-series-mods/).  Wondered about quality of mod, turnaround,  etc., I'm sure I probably could do it myself with all the tutorials, but don't have a bunch of experience working on circuit boards and do not have the patience.  I'd much rather spend the $75-$100 for the mod.  I could also continue to realign/adjust the current switches when they fail because of a jar or such, but would really rather be done with the plunger system.   Thanx!


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