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hukkfinn 11th March 2013 09:54 PM

Your favorite volume control?
Hi there,

I am building a tubed preamp and need a good-sounding volume control, stereo, "swipe" (not stepped).

These used to be obtainable. Now it seems they are all cheap and from China. What happened!?!? Anybody know of a good quality source? Like, $10 - $50?


tsiros 11th March 2013 11:48 PM

analog or digital?

JonSnell Electronic 12th March 2013 12:05 AM

Penny and Giles, they produce sliding controls for Allen & Heath and are almost unbeatable. They are UK made but available mostly anywhere. Otherwise we are limited to Alps or Panasonic for realistically designed and quiet carbon controls. Try RS or Farnel for a few ideas.

hukkfinn 12th March 2013 12:48 AM


Originally Posted by tsiros (
analog or digital?

Analog, thank you for clarifying

tsiros 12th March 2013 12:52 AM

the lightspeed attenuators are a nice idea

and i take back my question, you said 'not stepped'. there doesn't exist a digital volume control that is 'not stepped' so i shouldn't have asked in the first place :(

ThuyTN 12th March 2013 03:08 AM

TKD 2CP2511 for low budget and Alps RK50 for cost no object.

Praudio 12th March 2013 03:47 AM

If this help : a 250k stereo brand new Alps black beauty from Percy, out production since long time . PM if interested.

ktuuri 12th March 2013 06:54 AM

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Here you go. MIL Spec and made in Canada

HawaiiGuy 12th March 2013 08:36 PM

Angela Instruments Online Catalog - Potentiometers - Alps Blue Velvet

hukkfinn 12th March 2013 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by ktuuri (

WOW that is very interesting -- by any chance, have you compared it to an ALPS?

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