Since the (second) original thread (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/sho....php?t=1458484) was closed with 1000+ posts, I thought we should continue to have a open thread so Mason, or his legal council, would have a forum to post any responses. Also for the de-goopers to expound additional information that may be uncovered. We last left off with malabarmusic's posting below and calls for the BBE Ben Wah and Vertex Axis Wah pots to be connected to a multimeter: "I want to be crystal clear for the benefit of everyone who's been following this saga, any latecomers to the drama, and also the attorney who - on behalf of his client - sent me a letter containing an accusation of libel. In June 2013 I paid full retail for a new Vertex Axis wah from an authorized dealer. Having owned well over 15 wahs over the years, I knew the sound I wanted and the Axis delivered. While the pedal was pricey, it satisfied my wah itch like none of the others I'd owned or tried (including many boutique brands/models as well as a handful of Dunlop and Vox units). A week or so ago while perusing TGP I read a number of posts addressing the apparent similarities between the BBE Ben Wah (which I'd never tried) and the Vertex pedal. The more I read, the more I felt sick to my stomach. After popping the hood on my Axis and comparing it to pics I found on the web, I went from feeling sick to feeling deceived. I'm not a tech or a DIY kind of guy, but as noted earlier in this thread I felt compelled to start chipping away at the goop. I had no agenda other than learning exactly what I had bought and sharing that knowledge with my TGP brethren. My pedal is my personal property, goop does not convey patent protection, and the 1st amendment is still in force (notwithstanding what a certain attorney asserted to me in a certain letter). I won't repost the earlier pics, but earlier tonight I took delivery of a brand new BBE wah (purchased online from Sam Ash) and popped the hood. I may continue with the Vertex degoop, but at this point I don't know that it's necessary. [And I've already lost one transistor due to my hamhanded inexperience.] In any event, I will let the pics below (apologies for iPhone camera quality) speak for themselves."