bringing old pedal back to life

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  1. Shiny_Beast

    Shiny_Beast Member

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    My research into a gig bag and battery friendly digital delay with the features I'm after hasn't panned out. I've had the guts of a rehoused old DM2/3 around for eons, I think I'm going to go ahead and try and wire it up.

    This thing has been in a box for probably 20 years. I'm worried about the caps being all dried out. I would really like to give this the best shot out of the box to work, it did last time I ran it.

    Is there something I should do like soak it in warm mineral water for a few hours? Anyone have any experience with something like this?

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  2. OilsFan

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    Don't soak it in anything. Maybe clean it with compressed air and a gentle brush but that's about it. Hook it up right and give it a go. 9v (or 12 in an ACA pedal) is such low voltage that it doesn't matter. Not saying a cap couldn't go bad though but you could just replace it. A bad cap is a bad cap.
     
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    it's a done deal then?
     
  4. manticorefx

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    Only the electrolytics would have gone bad, and the only cost a few cents a piece. There's no harm in trying to see if the thing even turns on, as long as you're using the correct polarity power supply.
     
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    ya, I hate the idea of going at that old board with a soldering iron, or even trying to track down a problem.
     
  6. Don't Post

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    you could try piling up all the wires, jacks and pots up on the board and lighting it on fire, that will probably work pretty good.
     

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