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Old 31st January 2013, 12:03 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice guys. Not sure I want a Dutch Lesbian biker in my system though lol.

The Goldpoint stepped does seem the way forward, but why not remote controllable ? I'm endlessly getting up to alter the volume even though in J.River I have them scanned to be equal...
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Old 4th February 2013, 11:48 PM   #12
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Ok I'm bitten by the stepped bug now

Has anyone tried these ? Way way cheaper than the Goldpoints:

VALAB 23 Step Attenuator Potentiometer 20K Stereo Log | eBay
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Old 4th February 2013, 11:56 PM   #13
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Ok I'm bitten by the stepped bug now

Has anyone tried these ? Way way cheaper than the Goldpoints:

VALAB 23 Step Attenuator Potentiometer 20K Stereo Log | eBay
Yes, they work just as well as the GoldPoints so far.
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Old 5th February 2013, 12:25 AM   #14
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Yes, they work just as well as the GoldPoints so far.
Thanks, have just ordered one.
BTW Goldpoint are asking $50 in shipping alone to the UK for the mini V...
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Old 5th February 2013, 02:35 AM   #15
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Ok I'm bitten by the stepped bug now

Has anyone tried these ? Way way cheaper than the Goldpoints:

VALAB 23 Step Attenuator Potentiometer 20K Stereo Log | eBay
Those are nice but they are a series attenuator. The signal goes through all 23 sm resistors and you 'tap' between them for volume.

You want a ladder attenuator! The circuit is built of 23 pairs of resistors and you select the pair you want for volume. The signal only goes through 2 resistors.

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Valab 23 Step Ladder Type Attenuator Potentiometer 50K Log Stereo | eBay

I'd say that right there could give the Blue Alps a run for best-bang-for-buck!

See if they'll build it in at least 20k or preferably 10k. See if they'll build it with vishay res.

Cheers,
Jeff

PS Sorry you already ordered ...

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Old 5th February 2013, 09:42 AM   #16
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Those are nice but they are a series attenuator. The signal goes through all 23 sm resistors and you 'tap' between them for volume.

You want a ladder attenuator! The circuit is built of 23 pairs of resistors and you select the pair you want for volume. The signal only goes through 2 resistors.

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Valab 23 Step Ladder Type Attenuator Potentiometer 50K Log Stereo | eBay

I'd say that right there could give the Blue Alps a run for best-bang-for-buck!

See if they'll build it in at least 20k or preferably 10k. See if they'll build it with vishay res.

Cheers,
Jeff

PS Sorry you already ordered ...
Ok thanks Jeff for the info on that and luckily not dispatched yet I have dropped them a line to see if they can make me a 20k Vishay (20k is the value on the amp's schematic)

BTW the description they give to the one I ordered seems to be better lol

Thanks

Marcus
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Old 5th February 2013, 10:28 PM   #17
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Ebay is Full of Alps Blue Velvet Pots :-) Ranging from $9 to $17
IMO and experience these are usually Cheap *** Copy/fakes.
Want a Better Potentiometer.. Seriously?? Buy a Goldpoint Stepped attenuator... preferably a genuine one though.
A whole world 'better' performing than a Genuine Alps IF you could be so fortunate as to actually find one :-).
Few ..ever.. go backwards from a stepped att.
Totally agree.Bought the Goldpoint recently and it's miles better than any pot I've tried.And my previous Vishay resistor attenuator.
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Old 6th February 2013, 02:41 AM   #18
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Goldpoints are series attenuators.
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