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In Reply to: RE: McIntosh C20 volume pot/ posted by Michael Samra on May 14, 2017 at 05:15:55
The gold points work fine, but you only want to install them if you are rebuilding the power supply anyway because you have to move one lytic can underneath. McShane has the really good F and T axials so it is easy to do and they fit just fine under the deck. I have rebuilt 3 or 4 of them this way. The gold point sounds better than any pot, but of course it is only 23 steps or so and they really gouge for the part. I should talk to Arek at Khozmo to see if he wanted to make one with 48 steps. Problem is that there is not enough market for them. You might sell 10-20 a year, but not hundreds. He would probably have to charge $250 - $300 just like gold point. In the end I think the gold point is the best option. An on/off switch doesn't belong anywhere near the signal path in my opinion anyway. Most people have some sort of power device where they can switch the system on and off with one big switch anyway.....
It's been a while.The reason I mention this is because it's an economical way to make a high quality pot for about 60 bucks if we can change the sections.As good as the Gold Point is,it is very costly and does require physical modification.They do have an original Chinese or Japanese made copy for 259usd but, that's a lot of money for that because this would be much better quality than the original.
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong" H. L. Mencken
Mike, do you have a few extra we can "trash"? Usually those waffers have some sort of interlocking groove. However the back case is closed. If you cut open the back on one see if there is any way of connecting the shafts????
Then connect the casings.
If you have a few extra I'll give it a go. It doesn't need to be the exact values since it's only an experiment in connecting the casings. But remember they may not survive the operation.
Doesn't GP offer a 48 step attenuator now?
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