Removing bottom plates from pedals

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  1. Muzik4Machines

    Muzik4Machines Member

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    i'm still making the plans for my pedal board and it occured to me that the bottom plate (especially on boss pedals) is pretty heavy, since i plan to use the bike chain link attaches, could i simply remove all bottom plates on every pedal on the board? will it create noise and interference? i was thinking of putting copper foil tape on the board to still have them shielded.

    any thoughts on this? (next idea is to have all pedals uncased and recased in 1 or 2 giant aluminium boxes)
     
  2. bobbyatomic

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    Velcro is popular for many reasons, I imagine the number one reason is it's incredibly convenient when you want to move or remove a pedal on your board. While there's nothing wrong with the way you're planning on doing it, it just seems a bit final, and if there's one thing I've learned in my forty plus years on the planet it's that what you love today you may not necessarily love tomorrow.
     
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    That'S my studio board, i don't expect it to change for the next 5 years, my live board is a different beast tho :)
     
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    RAILhead (real name is Maury, BTW) Gold Supporting Member

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    For kicks, I pulled doff a standard-size pedal back. It has paint and two velcro strips. It weighs-in at 1.6 ounces.

    I don't know how many pedals you have, but if my quick math is correct, if you had, say, 20 pedals at 1.6 ounces, that's 32 ounces, or just 2 pounds.

    Not sure if the 2 pounds is worth the trouble.
     
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    Based on some of craphole joints my pedalboard has been in, I don't know that I would want to do anything that provides more access for dust and dirt and grime to get inside my pedals. I don't have any scientific knowledge to back that up, but dust and dirt having an easier time accessing the circuit board, switches and jacks of my pedals just seems like a bad idea.
     
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    22 pedals (3 double boss), boss pedals back are way heavier than mxr style pedals too, some of them have like a steel plate added. but I'm mostly asking for the future, are back plates necessary if i shield the board?, i might go the re-case everything that is in series together route too
     
  7. tubekingsley

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    If it's a studio board, is weight really that important ? It seems like it could be done without issue, as long as the board surface the open back pedal sits on, is non-fiberous. Soft Velcro sheds, is that why you would use copper foil tape ? Seems like a lot of hassle, just to save 2 or 3 pounds ? Re-case everything in series... Why ?
     
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    or shielding, i plan to screw the pedals in the board either directly through the board or with the bike chain links

    it's important because I live on the 4th floor :)
     
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    Go for it... If it doesn't work out, put the backs back on the pedals.
     
  10. broken_sound

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    Why not cut out a thin sheet of plastic to cover the bottom of each pedal, using the bottom plate as a template, just in case of spills or dust?
     
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    Why re-case everything when replacement backplates are available? I would take the rubber pads off the bottom, or simply buy backplates, but Velcro would be the best solution.
     
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    I want to remove the backplate for the weight, not for the assembly
     
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    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    I guess I’m lazy because I’d rather eliminate or consolidate some pedals before I’d go through all that trouble, and long before my board got to 22 pedals.


    At that size, I just think that the back plates are much of a factor in the weight.
     
  14. tubekingsley

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    As long as you keep the dust out, it should work fine. So it would weigh, say... 32lbs vs 35lbs- seems like like a lot to go through, 4th floor or not...
     
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    elimination is done from 32 lol, my problem is my 2 parallel fuzzez that use each 3 pedals (line selector plus 2 fuzz each) plus a true bypass looper, the rest is pretty standard, fuzzface, mammoth, rat, klone, 2 delays, eq, booster, etc
     

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