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Old 1st September 2007, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Wirewound Pot Law Fake with Wirewound Resistor

I was lucky enough to grab a pair of old Clarostat 75k wirewound pots on E-pay. I'm thinking of using them in my preamp law-faked with a high qality 15k resistor. I happen to have a pile of old bobbin-wound ultraprecision resistors that I picked up years and years ago from Poly-Paks (remember them?). Has anyone ever used this type of resistor in audio? I wonder how they sound.
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Old 2nd September 2007, 12:49 AM   #2
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Default Re: Wirewound Pot Law Fake with Wirewound Resistor

thanks for mentioning poly-paks. now, i don't feel so old by myself

to answer your question - never used 'em, no idea how they sound.

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Old 2nd September 2007, 03:50 AM   #3
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I can't speak for the Clarostat controls, but I have used wirewound controls with law faking resistors with great success. In fact, I like them more than most stepped attenuators I have tried. I used a 50kOhm pot with a 6K8 Ohm law faking resistor. Your control would permit a higher input impedance. Hope you got a good price on the wirewound controls.
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Old 2nd September 2007, 07:54 AM   #4
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I wonder if these would respond to a liberal dose of switch cleaner and lots of wiper moving to clear away any contamination of the contacts?
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Old 2nd September 2007, 10:30 AM   #5
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Anderw, what are "these", the pot or the switched attenuators? As far as I can tell, the pots I have are not gunked up. If I need to clean up the wiper/element, the rear cover simply snaps off. Not bad, for a pot that may be almost as old as I am. To beeger - I got the pots for $12.99 the pair. They have the old Navy anchor stamp on the back.
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Old 2nd September 2007, 10:52 AM   #6
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Depending on impedance, some of these wirewounds can exhibit very high inductance which pulls back HF response.

I've seen worse than 3dB at 20KHz on a British wirewound 100K, and it's highly audible, but if yours are 20K or less you'd probably be OK.


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Old 13th September 2007, 06:45 AM   #7
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I took one of my 75k Clarostat wirewound pots to work today and subjected it to a 100Hz-100kHz scan on an HP 4194A analyzer. If anything. there was a very slight drop in impedance at the high end of the scale, indicating that stray capacitance is more of a factor with this particular pot than inductance. The next thing I'll do is to try a scan on one of the Daven 17.83k wirewounds I've chosen as a lawfake resistor. It'll be interesting so see if they used a non-inductive wind technique.
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