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If those are all thru-hole parts, it's still game-on... it just slows a person by a factor of 30% or so.Two reasons:
1: Components/joints are less likely to break
2: (real reason) So we cant trace the circuit and recreate they’re designs
Exactly. It’s kind of a D move IMO. If someone whants to figure it out, they will. I don’t like gooped pedals. What if I need to change the foot switch, jacks or power jack? Now I have to deal with a mess of silicone goop?!If the purpose is to hide design secrets I don't get it. Even Dumbles have ben de-gooped and traced.
I always assume number 2Generally, there are two reasons:
1.) There is something unique and proprietary to the circuit and the builder doesn’t want people to copy it. Particularly since it’s difficult (and expensive) to get patents on many effects circuits.
2.) The circuit under the goop is itself a copy of something else and the builder doesn’t want people to know that it’s something else.
Either way, it’s usually done because builders believe it offers them protection from prying eyes.
I don't particularly have an opinion on goop vs non-goop, but at least for greer pedals, they have a lifetime warranty to the "original" owner. Granted, that doesn't help the person who bought one used, but it's better than nothing?What if I need to change the foot switch, jacks or power jack? No I have to deal with a mess of silicone goop?!
Off topic, but is it true that yellow wires sound better than red wires?Why do you sometimes see pedal makers “goop” their circuits? To prevent user mods? Protect circuit design and help prevent clones? Keep components secure and less prone to failure? All of the above? Some of the above? I don’t see a lot of this but got curious when I opened up my two Greer pedals. View attachment 298469