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    I have a bad case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome that rears its head every so often. Most recently, I realized I wasn't getting what I wanted from some high-end boutique pedals and rackmounts, and happily stumbled across the Helix. A couple of weeks later, I owned it, and a Variax. And then another Variax.

    The Line 6 stuff I've owned in the past has typically been kept for a long time, and sold with regret; I had great experiences with the delay, distortion and modulation modelers, among others.

    Hoping the Helix won't let me "touch the bottom" of its editing capabilities for awhile.
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  1. Finally opened up my Helix to lubricate the pedal... ...and found that one of the shoulder washers (the cylindrical ones that go around the bolt, with a perpendicular flat section) had actually broken. Where the heck does one get replacements for it? I don't even know what precise size it is as it seems to be metric, so I can't just order it online. And FullCompass does not have them. Help!
  2. Thanks so much on this. SUPER helpful, exactly what I was looking for.
  3. My bad. I didn't update to 2.82 until recently, and inadvertently mistook the March 2020 date on the most recent Line 6 Updater release to be the 2.82 release date. So I was operating on what seemed to be (in my mind) a 6 month variance in release dates between Native 1.82 and Helix 2.82. Thanks for the clarity,
  4. I don't really track updates on products I don't have so I don't know if there's a more recent update than this one I just searched for. If not, there's a significant difference in updates between Helix Native and Helix firmware, so the lists won't match.
  5. Does someone at Line 6 or Yamaha - or someone here - have an updated f/x, AMP and speaker models list for 2.82 on a spreadsheet they can share? Not just the adds - the whole thing, all the models on Helix as of 2.82. Doesn't it make sense to have a consistently updated, living document somewhere?
  6. If any of you are considering this mod, just as an FYI I wound up eventually upgrading to a pair of Dunlop DVP3's (the DVP4 and DVP1XL are also functionally comparable). The DVP 3 is WAAAAAY FREAKIN' MORE durable - no string to break as it uses a metal band - and if you don't like the Helix tuner you go out from the pedal itself, as well as being able to use it as both an EXP or volume pedal. New, they're more than the Morleys by ~$30. But the used market on eBay and Reverb is robust, and they're bulletproof, so you can definitely get one at a good price there. Both of mine were acquired used. One thing though - on the used side a bunch of folks occasionally get model info wrong on them: The DVP1 is chrome and has 3 1/4" jacks (Input, Output, Tuner) The DVP1XL and the DVP3 (DVP3 aka "Volume (X)") are both black and have 4 1/4" jacks - Input, Output, Tuner, Expression; I don't think there's any difference other than size (XL being, you guessed it, larger) The DVP4 is black and is a 1/2 size mini pedal with only 3 jacks (In, Out, Aux) but it does the same things as the DVP3 via an internal toeswitch. A quick global polarity adjustment was all I needed to be humming if I recall. Super easy to do. Happy expression-ing!
  7. Thanks, @psarkissian. Is there another source for the part other than FullCompass? I ordered there a couple of weeks ago but they still show it on backorder. Doesn't help me if I bring it to a service center and they can't obtain the part. If I can bring it in with one I can expedite the repair and get the unit back onstage with me.
  8. Replacing the rubber feet on the underside of my Helix and see that several have been scraped (from after the original feet wore down) so badly that the Philips heads are no longer functional. Anybody know what size the screws are? Would prefer to save a trip to the Home Depot with the corresponding frustration of trying to manipulate tiny screws into the thread gauge to size them.
  9. Hey all - Does a magnetic pickup setting short that doesn't appear to exist in the same position using Variax (instead of magnetics) generally mean there's a wiring problem on the magnetic side? Or does that generally mean the 5 way switch is faulty? Not seeking a concrete answer - more like a "What are the chances of A versus B?" Background I have a JTV-69 with JBE pickups in it, and at a gig last weekend the middle pickup (when playing magnetics) crapped out. Was able to get sound via the piezo/Variax with the switch in the 2, 3 and 4 spots, but I know the switch doesn't behave like a normal 5 way so I don't know what, if anything, that means. Before I go through the production of taking everything apart, would like to know the odds that it's a wiring problem versus a switch problem - reason being the PCB replacement parts are on back order at Full Compass. If it's likely to be wiring, I'll just try to chase the short with my multimeter, but if it's likely to be a switch issue, then I'll wait until I get the replacement parts from Full Compass. The pickups were fine for years; the only thing I can think of is that the gig I played at was outdoors and it was a chilly (40-50 F) day, so maybe the failure was weather-related.
  10. Good to know. Consider this phrase stolen. Or maybe it's just my cover version. But I'm totally heisting it.
  11. Maybe I wasn't clear. Line 6 didn't "do" something to me personally. Unless you count trying to gouge multiple-product-owners for a completely unnecessary product - but that isn't something "Line 6 did to [me]". It's 11 times more expensive on average to get new customers than it is to keep loyal ones. Doing stuff like pushing your loyal customers into products that are both unnecessary and overly marked isn't just short-sighted - it's bad business. Line 6 hasn't lost me as a customer - I'm still fully in the Line 6 ecosystem (Variax, Helix, Powercab). But as someone who's prior career was entirely built on maintaining customer loyalty, I can say with certainty that it's little, preventable things like this that bug clients enough to get them to switch to competitors eventually. And when that happens, you don't get them back, ever. Sure, Line 6 and Yamaha should try to get new products sold. But marketing the cable as anything other than a high-quality premium alternative to an off-the-shelf XLR is simply ill-advised.
  12. I'm not so willing to ignore that a company I established loyalty with would want to gauge me on completely unnecessary products. You upset with something like Helix 2.80? That takes a ton of people and user reports to debug. It's understandable they're going to miss something. And they're pretty good about addressing those concerns - 2.81 came out in a hurry. That's the kind of thing, though big, that's understandable when it comes to them appearing to have dropped the ball (because it's really a matter of additional data being needed). But BSing your customers about what's needed to connect via L6, touting a stupidly overmarked cable that, by your own admission, is no better than the cheapest no frills mic cable you can find? That's just dumb. You had the information out there, then you took it down, and now you're suggesting that a cable that in all likelihood is simply someone else's XLR or maybe AES cable is the best solution? That's not marketing BS. That's a lie. The only person who cares about L6 Link is the person who owns multiple Line 6 products. That's the person you want to lie to? Really?
  13. And another page lost to the internet memory hole. The ability to use mic cables was built in, and public, for L6 connectivity, then hidden from view? As someone who's fully integrated into the Line 6 ecosystem - multiple Variaxes & Powercab Pluses + Helix - I'd probably have bought an L6 cable if it weren't price gouged. Mic cables are already high margin items - Yamaha could easily be selling their own regular cables here at a tidy, middle-man-free markup, but instead the insanely expensive L6 cable is being touted as the 'optimal' solution when in fact a standard M/F XLR would've done just fine. That's disingenuous, Line 6. The people who want L6 Link are your existing, repeat customers - they already have at least 2 of your larger ticket items when they are looking at the product! And so you reward them by charging 2x what an equally capable mic cable can do. And that's not "if you figure out it, you can use a mic cable" - it's a solution that was just as good by Line 6's own public admission! Not cool Line 6. Not cool at all.
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