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Old 1st February 2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Ready made switch panels?

When it comes to DIY projects, and especially when it comes to building something into an existing thing you DON'T want to mess up (like guitar electronics), I often just don't want to use plain "toggle switches". Yeah they are convenient... just drill a hole and tighten the nut. But I'd sure like to be able to use slide switches instead. Unfortunately that usually means cutting a neat rectangular opening along with mounting holes, a task I will most likely do poorly. So can anyone suggest any product or product line sporting various combinations of already cut switch panels? Maybe plastic so that additional holes for jacks or LEDs can easilly be drilled? I appreciate there are way too many slide switch sizes to accommodate, but I'll take what I can get at this point. Ideal, of course, would be with the switch(s) already included in the assembly.
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Old 2nd February 2012, 12:40 AM   #2
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Well, there are push switches. The kind that operates like a slide switch, but you actuate it with a plunger out the end. Look on most any PA mixer, and you will see some of them. Here is a image of one, though the ones I have in mind include a mounting bracket with a hole on either side. The little plunger is square. knob buttons for that pluger can be square, round, rectangular.
PN22SJSA03QE C&K Components Pushbutton Switches

And since toggle switches work, they make rocker switches that are round and mount in round holes. Behind the panel, they might as well be toggles, but outside thay have a nice low profile. They come as snap-ins or witha a thread and nut.

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Old 2nd February 2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Thanks Enzo. A nice option to know about.
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