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best cleaning method for pots and faders
Old 11th August 2005
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best cleaning method for pots and faders

Just got a used ghost . It has some scratchy pots and faders.
Can someone suggest a cleaning method ?
I'm not sure if they are sealed or not.
Old 11th August 2005
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My desk is old too..I had a friend who is one of those tech' animals take a look at it..he changed a few pots and gave it a thorough clean and re did a few solders..Now I keep it clean and cover it when not in use..always!
There are sprays and stuff..some evaporate whilst some leave residue so get some advice from the store..faders need carefull treatment.
use the spray and a straw..but most important is to keep the desk cover on..saves the desk from an enormous amount of dust.
You might have to live with a few dirty pots though..the best thing to do is rotate them back and forth a few times as this often enables the pots to settle again.This and a spray every now and then on certain pots that mis-behave will get you through.
Nice desk though(your ghost)..I prefer a bit of analog in the mix too!!
Old 11th August 2005
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Thanks for the reply.Please keep em coming.I need all the advice I can get.

I got this for a pretty good price but it's a little beat up.
I'm looking at it like a cool old car. A little bondo and paint or in this case some new parts and a lot of TLC and it should be pretty cool.
I might even do some soldering and modify the master outputs. I have heard you can do some cool stuff to this board.
Does anyone know if this has sealed pots ?
It looks easy to swap out parts once the cover is off should be a fun project.

Old 11th August 2005
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I've answered this question many times. This time I'll link it if that's OK.
Old 11th August 2005
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Thanks Vince,
My wife is already laughing at me. I have decided to pull everything out and clean it from the frame up.
Old 13th August 2005
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A couple of days later and one sore back from leaning over a stripped down board and it's clean and working great.
641 knobs all removed and cleaned. pots included
41 faders cleaned and running smooth and crackle free.
Plenty of buttons all clean and shiny.
Even the interior is clean.
Anyone thinking of doing this it's easier than you might think. Just take a few pics to remember where everything goes and try not to loose the knobs.

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