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daatkins 22nd September 2002 10:04 AM

6 channel ganged pot
Hi everyone,
I'm building a sound system for my computer and need a 6 way ganged pot to control the volume of my soundcard's 5.1 channels of output.

I've tried to usual sources (Farnell, RS, Percyaudio) but with no luck.

Does anyone know of a source?


fdegrove 22nd September 2002 12:31 PM


You could give these a try?


Petter 22nd September 2002 12:43 PM

You will find info on ganged posts if you search the forum. If you want high-end expensive, consider DACT or variants based on Elma etc. Otherwise, search Bourns, Alps etc. websites.

Some types stack up. I don't know how many sell el-cheapo variants in that configuration, though.


Bill Fitzpatrick 22nd September 2002 03:05 PM

The cheapest way to go, excluding the shipping from the US is this pot from All Electronics.

This is a DIY project. You have to disassemble 6 of these pots and reassemble the resistive elements to the front/plate shaft assembly with threaded rod and nuts.

Several companies in the US will assemble ModPot resistive elements but they quoted me $50 each for 10 assembled 8 gang pots and a $50 set-up change. Such assembly services are probably available in the UK. The assemblers and distributors I talked with were firm in their rules about not selling the separate elements.

Orgonom 22nd September 2002 04:06 PM

Try this one
Very good Panasonic Silvercarbon!

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peranders 22nd September 2002 04:23 PM

Have you ever considered a "IC-pot"? They are very good nowadays. The drawback is that you have to fix the control gear.

jgwinner 28th October 2002 07:51 PM


I bought a few ALPS potentiometers from, but they don't come apart like the ones you mention earlier.

Brigar Electronics potentiometers

Which is a shame, as they even had a motorized version.

I'm tempted to try drilling them out, but I'm working on other stuff at the moment. I guess I'll order a couple of pot's from All electronics, might be easier.

daatkins 28th October 2002 08:19 PM

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I forgot to mention the outcome of my original post (the one that started this thread)...

Well, I ended up using some 10K trimmer-type pots from Farnell, for a grand cost of 0.17 each, that have a hole instead of a shaft (no jokes, please) so it's easy to gang a whole load of them together. The quality isn't great - the tolerance is 20% - but they're only for a computer sound system so absolute sound quality isn't necessary.

Here's a pic. Don't worry, the match stick is only for demonstration purposes! The machine shop guys at my company will make a shaft from aluminium when they have some spare time.

Thanks to everyone who replied.

Nice one,


Bill Fitzpatrick 28th October 2002 09:30 PM

I've done that with trimpots myself when I needed an 8 section pot to vary the frequency of both channels of a 4 pole active low-pass filter. An allen wrench makes a perfect shaft.

dhaen 28th October 2002 09:33 PM


"Well, I ended up using some 10K trimmer-type pots"

That's how I remember the audio kits by Sinclair around 1970 were made.
Of course they were linear law.

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