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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 10:42 pm    Post subject: CryBaby Wah surgery Reply with quote

I mentioned on the vPub Zoom call the other night about using a reversed original CryBaby with a Strat to get the oscillations that sound like seagull noises in Pink Floyd's "Echoes". I went to demonstrate it and found that my CryBaby didn't work.

There seems to be a lot of grease around the pot. The pot appears to be open circuit, so time to open it up and find out what's going on. Drifting out the pin that fastens the pinion to the shaft was tricky.


The grease seems to have softened the carbon track which has pretty much disappeared where the wiper pressed on it.


..and one of the two wiper contacts has just broken off and disappeared!


It looks as though I need to buy a replacement Dunlop pot..
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curious. Wouldn't this be a known issue by now? There are a lot of Cry-Babies about, I'd have thought that grease finding its way onto the track would be a more regular occurence.

Weird how the wear appears to be on the bottom third of the sweep.

Could it have been a particularly abrasive bit of fluff finding its way into the pot?
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
Curious. Wouldn't this be a known issue by now? There are a lot of Cry-Babies about, I'd have thought that grease finding its way onto the track would be a more regular occurence.


I think it is, happened to my Vox and was starting to happen in the used Bass Crybaby I bought to nick a pot from.

The standard/most popular replacement is the Dunlop HotPotz II 100k.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324301126441

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dunlop-ECB024B-Potz-Baby%C2%AE-Potentiometer/dp/B000EEL5W4
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which one of you bastards sent me an ebay question asking if you can get teh kurdtz with that 64 mustang? Mad

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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
Bacchus wrote:
Curious. Wouldn't this be a known issue by now? There are a lot of Cry-Babies about, I'd have thought that grease finding its way onto the track would be a more regular occurence.


I think it is, happened to my Vox and was starting to happen in the used Bass Crybaby I bought to nick a pot from.

The standard/most popular replacement is the Dunlop HotPotz II 100k.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324301126441

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dunlop-ECB024B-Potz-Baby%C2%AE-Potentiometer/dp/B000EEL5W4

Thank you for the tip!
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, pricey and/or out of stock. HotRox or Strings Direct seem to be cheaper for the Dunlop HotPotz in the UK. In the US if you don't want it to live forever https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/potentiometer-wah-replacement-pot-gear seems to be very reasonably priced.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For shits and giggles I'd fire off another email to digitech.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kudos to paul for posting UK Amazon and eBay links
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ is a secret brit though. I imagine he uses a VPN to make his internet appear just like it would back in blighty.

We haven't ruled out the possibility of him being an estranged bastard royal.

Although he is funny.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here, paul_, what's your sweat situation like? Do you sweat easily or are you incapable?
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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2021 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best reviewed appears to be the Chase Tone Tru Talk TM wah pot. Of course, by the time duty and comedy tax are added it's going to be somewhat more than $20.
Also out of stock at mall Bear Electronics!
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Left UK before using the internet, actually didn't sweat much at all until I was about 29 and posted UK links totally on purpose for Nick because I know price varies wildly on little bits distributed by big gear companies if it has to cross the pond at all, let alone deal with comedy tax.

I did sleep with 2 minors when I was one too, but I think technically they were the predators because they were taller than me (enforcement of this probably varies by state; nobody seemed to believe me).
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which one of you bastards sent me an ebay question asking if you can get teh kurdtz with that 64 mustang? Mad

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fran & paul are some of the original gangstas of the JS days when you'd have to say "phuck"
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2021 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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