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Deluxe Memory Man Stopped Working

adamhopeless

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My Big Box Deluxe memory man has all of a sudden stopped working.

It is recieving power from the correct power supply as the red light comes on as i press it, and signal is flowing through because i still get sound without the pedal engaged.

But when i engage the pedal everything goes silent...

Its been working for a year since i got it with no problems and all of a sudden it has stopped. Im in a touring band and really need this for my sound.

I've opened it up and can't see anything out of place, all soldering looks fine...

Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

jawajt

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I would contact Howard Davis, here in the States. As far as I know, he designed it. I know he's a member on TGP. He may be able to help you troubleshoot, over email. It may be pricey, but it would be well worth it to send it to him, if it needs to be fully repaired.
 

Howard Davis

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Pricey?

A big-box Deluxe MM in good condition, if you can find one, costs at least $400.

The cost of repairing one rarely if ever exceeds $250. Worth it?
 

Bman20

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Hey man Howard is the best with DMM's. Turnaround time is usually within a week, and is rarely more than $150 if that. I had a bunch of mods/repairs done once to mine and it was only $125
 

Belmont

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I've got two vintage DMM that are the most unreliable pedals I've ever owned. love them and the way they sound but I would never tour with them.
 

Vibrolucky

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Check the 'Direct' output as well to see if the straight signal will go to your amp...at least you could rule out a bad footswitch if the Direct output works.
 

adamhopeless

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Check the 'Direct' output as well to see if the straight signal will go to your amp...at least you could rule out a bad footswitch if the Direct output works.
Good point! I've checked this and the signal DOES flow while the direct output is in use.

Which means the problem lies between the Echo Out and the circuit board.

Ive took a few pictures and will upload them somehow within the hour!

Thanks alot
 

shoepedals

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Could be an op amp has failed after a stray static shock, perhaps. Do you get absolutely no around or does static come through?
 

adamhopeless

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Could be an op amp has failed after a stray static shock, perhaps. Do you get absolutely no around or does static come through?
No sound whatso ever, a total killswitch!

The cheapest repair guy i can find is £30 an hour, but god knows how long it will take him to find the problem, never mind fix it.... so i don't know whether this is a safe option as im strapped for cash. I would rather a fixed payment.

Any ideas where i should go from here?
 

mdmack

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Last time mine messed up I mailed it to EHX with a check for $20 and my return address and it was returned and fixed 2 weeks later. Its not the only EHX pedal that I have done this with either.
 

woolyh

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No sound whatso ever, a total killswitch!

The cheapest repair guy i can find is £30 an hour, but god knows how long it will take him to find the problem, never mind fix it.... so i don't know whether this is a safe option as im strapped for cash. I would rather a fixed payment.

Any ideas where i should go from here?
Highly recommend Martin Owen over at Owen Electronics, he actually did some work on my DMM a while back along with countless other pedals in need of fixing or mods.

http://www.owenelectronics.co.uk/

The prices were very good from what I recall, he checks them over for a tenner and then he'll quote you for the repair before doing anything. You could get lucky and maybe he'll just find a loose wire or something simple and it'll just cost the £10 plus postage.
 

jawajt

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Pricey?

A big-box Deluxe MM in good condition, if you can find one, costs at least $400.

The cost of repairing one rarely if ever exceeds $250. Worth it?
I meant it might be pricey to ship to the States from the UK. It is definitely worth it send it to you, as opposed to hunting down another one.
 

Howard Davis

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I meant it might be pricey to ship to the States from the UK. It is definitely worth it send it to you, as opposed to hunting down another one.
There are many possible causes of the problem you described. Round trip shipping might total around $70, but that plus the repair cost would still be less than the value of the DMM when fixed.

Right now I'm fully occupied doing engineering work, so please email me in about 2 to 3 weeks.
 






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