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Old 24th October 2008, 04:23 AM   #1
gary h is offline gary h  United States
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Hi all,

I'm looking for some simple aluminum knobs between 3/4 and 1-1/4" diameter with 1/4" inset for my preamp. I've seen a few on ebay coming from HK but would like some domestic alternatives. Any recommendations?


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Old 24th October 2008, 06:38 AM   #2
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I too could do with a good supplier of knobs and other trinkets for finishing my amps off. These after thought bits and pieces make my amps look like school projects instead of the cutting edge professional design they really are LOL

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Old 24th October 2008, 07:31 AM   #3
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Member neutron7 does lovely work!

i bought this to make hi-fi knobs :)

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Old 24th October 2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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Maybe browse the Mouser online catalog... Alcoswitch (now owned by Tyco) has a large offering of machined alloy knobs in many styles. You do have to look to find a cutting-edge style that matches your cutting-edge design.

For some other nice bits, I recently tried Front Panel Express and had some nice end panels made for an interface box (XLR balanced to RCA unbalanced 4:1) built in a Hammond 1455 series extruded alloy case. They machined the mounting holes for XLR connectors, RCA jacks, switches and countersunk holes with color-filled engraving. Quite nice and not too expensive.

Like Microsoft said, if you can't make it work well, at least make it look pretty.

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Old 24th October 2008, 11:35 AM   #5
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I've bought some nice knobs from Digikey and Allied Electronics. Though I have to admit I've also pulled stuff off of vintage equipment.
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Old 24th October 2008, 01:39 PM   #6
wboyd is offline wboyd  United States
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I have found a few nice knobs on greEdBay - check out the guitar listings....there are tons cool/normal knobs for relatively cheap.

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Old 24th October 2008, 03:58 PM   #7
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Old 24th October 2008, 04:06 PM   #8
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Originally posted by kevinkr
I use these:
Those are pretty nice. I also like the Cary knobs from AES and the AudioNote knobs from Parts Connexion.
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Old 24th October 2008, 04:12 PM   #9
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Yea, everyone has their own preference when it comes to knobs

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Old 24th October 2008, 05:02 PM   #10
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There's also THL Audio, they have quite a large selection of knobs. Although, just a word of caution, I've had mixed results dealing with them in terms of delivery times and communication.

And if FPE is to your liking you really should have a look at - same service, can even accept FPE generated files and usually 10 to 15% cheaper. And faster to boot!
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