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Old 6th April 2007, 04:52 AM   #1
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Default Quality rotary switch

I'm looking for a rotary switch with a nicer feel than the standard Mouser/Digikey kind, E-Switch, Alpha etc. They "snap" into position with a fair amount of wiggle room once they're set.

Who makes the kind of switch found in better audio equipment, the kind that feels "spring loaded," settles into position with a soft thwack, and doesn't wiggle?
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Old 6th April 2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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Maybe a Proper "Lorin Switch" would be what you are Looking for.....They are probably the best readilly available Rotary switches.....


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Old 6th April 2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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ELMA is a good choice
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Old 6th April 2007, 05:22 PM   #4
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Switchcraft, Shallco. Forget Elma and similar products!
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..I've had good luck with Grayhill. I remember them being fairly available. Newark, Digi-Key, Mouser.
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Old 7th April 2007, 09:41 AM   #6
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..I've had good luck with Grayhill. I remember them being fairly available. Newark, Digi-Key, Mouser.
Yes that too are good.
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Old 7th April 2007, 01:40 PM   #7
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My choice is Radiatron.

The 'vintage' ones are even better...
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Old 8th April 2007, 06:37 PM   #8
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I'm going to try a Lorin and a Grayhill; they're not too expensive.

When I turn the knob on my Alps Blue Velvet pot, it just feels nice...you can feel the quality, just the right amount of torque needed. When I turn the knob on an E-Switch rotary, it feels cheap and plasticy. I don't want to spend $37 on an Elma switch, which I'm sure is pretty nice, but even the switches on my ancient Pioneer receiver feel 10x better than the E-Switch. We'll see..
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Old 8th April 2007, 10:45 PM   #9
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Just to toss in my here,

How about... cheapo rotary and relays for your audio signal? It's a little more complex, but for $20 worth of stuff, gives you similar performance of a $60 ceramic switch.

It's been a system I've been switching to and because only low current DC goes throught he switch, there's less lead dressing problems and adding LED's for channel position is a breeze.

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even the switches on my ancient Pioneer receiver feel 10x better than the E-Switch.
That's another option, of course.

Find a scrap amp (or some other gear) with a switch you like, strip it out, give it a good clean, and there you go.
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