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API 6B lunchbox smells like burning 500 Series EQ\'s
Old 2nd January 2014
  #1
API 6B lunchbox smells like burning

Just turned everything on to do some
Drum tracks tonight, and I flipped the phantom power on on my daking 500 pre.. A minute later we started to smell burning.. Sure enough it's coming from the lunchbox. I've had both for months and have ever had this smell. I'm about to open it up, but I honestly don't know what I'd be looking for other than burn marks.
Any one else had that smell? Any ideas?
Old 2nd January 2014
  #2
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That smell is called "Mojo" the bad thing is when all the mojo burns out then the thing is dead.
Gear manufactures essentially store compressed "Mojo Gas" in the caps.

If you open it up and notice any bulged caps its more then likely all the mojo has leaked out and will need to be replaced.

If any caps look round not flat in the top then you need mojo repair.
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Old 2nd January 2014
  #3
.........
Turns out the Lindell PEX500 Eq is just on fire..
Old 2nd January 2014
  #4
Anyone else have issues with the Lindell like this? I'm calling sweet water in the morning.. It was a Christmas gift, it was new.
Old 2nd January 2014
  #5
Did you turn OFF the lunchbox prior to installing the module?
Old 2nd January 2014
  #6
Yes. It has been in the lunchbox for a week and has been working fine. Today when the lunchbox was turned on, it just started smoking. I tested it in two slots with the power off until the screws were set both time. The second time I actually saw smoke.
Old 2nd January 2014
  #7
It sounded great and was fully operational.
Old 2nd January 2014
  #8
PM sent
Old 2nd January 2014
  #9
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Originally Posted by Lindell View Post
PM sent
now thats some quality customer service!
Old 2nd January 2014
  #10
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Too bad your thread title blames the api.
Old 2nd January 2014
  #11
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Too bad this thread also got censored.

Yesterday, another user reported similar issues, including pictures.
Where did that post go?
Old 2nd January 2014
  #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff.calcaska View Post
.........
Turns out the Lindell PEX500 Eq is just on fire..
Yup, I've had this happening as well. I returned it top the local music shop, who returned it to the distributor. They couldn't find anything. Oddly enough, when returned to me, the light in the "on" button didn't work anymore.
Old 24th January 2014
  #13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tone Laborer View Post
Too bad your thread title blames the api.
I made the thread before the problem was located. My apologies.. Not sure why you needed to say something.


As far as the issue, a resistor near the opamp burned up. It is a precautionary resistor, as I was told, to take the hit if the power to the 500 rack is on when it is plugged in. In my case, the opamp went bad and it burned up the resistor. I got a new opamp and everything is great. The EQ itself rules. And Lindell helped me fast and provided really great service. I'm happy and want a second one!
Old 31st January 2014
  #14
The lunchbox started smoking again today after I initially heard a buzzing sound. No units are plugged in where it is smoking... Pretty cool. I just called API and hopefully something can get figured out. It is plugged into a monster power supply reading 123 volts.
Old 31st January 2014
  #15
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lol way to go lindell
fastest customer support ever
Old 31st January 2014
  #16
Is it possible to short the Lindell by patching with power on? Because I'm not sure whether the API is the problem or if the Lindell is the problem again.
I had unpatched it when a buzzing sound began, and then I noticed the smoke. Do they need to be patched with the power off??
Old 31st January 2014
  #17
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I don't hot swap modules, and I don't know of a manufacturer that does not recommend against it.

I have done it accidentally once or twice without incident actually, but I felt lucky when I couldn't discover any problems afterwards.
Old 31st January 2014
  #18
Hot swap as in installing them with the power on? Because I don't install them with the power on. I was referring to patching it in a signal chain after a preamp and before converter using a patch bay. When I pulled the cables out (with the power on the API) the buzzing and smoke began.
Old 31st January 2014
  #19
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There should not be any issue just patching it into a chain while powered on
Old 20th April 2014
  #20
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OK,same here... with the 6x-500...In the middle of a "good check piece of work" ... I'm mad...

I took of a unit to sell.Reorganized my modules to fill the gap and 1mn after bam! The Lunchbox was smoking.I was sure it was one of my old original CX-1 due to their age... I was cursing the whole world and me for always buying "vintage" piece of gear!

I then checked all the modules one by one to find some burn marks...

It's the Lindell.The only unit I bought new and I'm out of warranty since 1 MONTH.

Tobias I really need you on that one...

Oh.And of course I didn't patch it with the power on.

PS: I just bought a 7X compressor 2 days ago, I don't have any problem against the brand who serve me well so far...

PPS : I'm selling one of my very rare original Aphex CX-1 Compressor/Gate, 500-series.For those interested PM me.
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Last edited by elam; 20th April 2014 at 09:46 PM.. Reason: spelling and details
Old 21st April 2014
  #21
I'll get it serviced for ya
Old 19th November 2016
  #22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lindell View Post
I'll get it serviced for ya
I am having the same problem. Both of my 6x500s.

Radial Workhorse. Lindell 6x500 Blown Resitor.

Did you find out what the problem was. As I would like to fix this myself.

Thanks
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