Friday, 23 April 2010

Hacking the Jackhammer

"Oh, you mend things don't you? Would you mind taking a look at..."

My heart always sinks when this question is asked. Often I arrive to be confronted with a heap of '30s-'50s electrical junk with that tell-tale patina of flaking varnish and oxidised metal, only the protective film of sticky kitchen grease having secured its survival into the 21st century. There's a smell about that junk as well. It's the smell that says "Plug me in and you're dead".

What a delight then to discover this little gem amongst a heap of junk:

A classic musical effects pedal, all that is wrong with this baby is that two of the spindles are bent and the knobs are missing. Rated 9v, I ain't gonna die through messin'.

1 comment:

  1. True to their word, Marshall Amps (UK) delivered all of the replacement parts for the princely sum of £8.23 including post and packaging. Try getting that kind of friendly service out of a big multinational. I've got my new solder-sucker, I'm scrubbed-up and ready for theatre. More news soon...