Barber Burn Unit / Tone Pump worth repairing?

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  1. Mike_LA

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    Greetings Gang,

    Well I stumbled across an old Barber Burn Unit / Tone PUMP pedal that is dead.

    Sent it to Barber and like I thought, it's toast, probably $275ish to repair.

    I don't use pedals so not my expertise, seems like it's worth it.

    It's a double pedal in 1 box Burn Unit and Tone Pump NOT TONE PRESS.

    SO over drive and fatness?
     
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    I’m not familiar with that pedal. Can you post a pic?
     
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    Alas I sent it off to barber before I took a picture.

    i'll have a look in my old computer . . .
     
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    Ha! I was able to find an image.

    Yah that's a pricey post, it will probably be there for quite a while . . .

    Don't want to sell it I want to hear how it sounds. . .

    Mine is cooler looking anyway . . . . .

    barber burn unit IMG_3177.JPG
     
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    $275 seems like a lot of $ just to hear how it sounds. How much do you have into it?

    Check eBay for completed items, and see if it makes sense. If you can't clear an extra $50 or so over all your sunk costs, I'd probably just junk it.

    Have you tried finding a local amp guy? I know that our local guys can fix stuff for pennies on the dollar, compared to the manufacturer. Kind of like car mechanics vs. dealers. I can't conceive that there's that much in parts/labor in a guitar pedal, no matter how boutique.
     
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    Well hell. Now I want to hear it too lol.
     
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    Yah, it's a pretty rare pedal and my curiosity has gotten the better of me.
    I never use pedals, if my amp can't give me what I want I use a different amp.
    So if I ever need a pedal this looks like it should be one to have...
    We're going to see, if the main boards aren't fried then I plan on having it rebuilt.
    If the main boards are toast, then I have a really nice enclosure...
     
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    I have to ask - what sort of catastrophic thing happened to this pedal to completely destroy what are basically two relatively simple overdrive circuits?

    I could understand something happening with improper voltage destroying the op amps, but there's only like two of them, and they're easily replaced, and Barber uses common stuff. They're probably even socketed. That's like less than $5 and maybe 10 minutes tops to replace.

    ...Beyond that, maybe some electrolytic caps in the bias/supply section might have been damaged, but again, there shouldn't be a lot of them, and they're easily replaced.

    But $200+ worth of repairs? Was this thing in a flooded building? Or in a car that was on fire? Or someone dropped a pallet of cinderblocks on it?

    The PCB(s), resistors, most of the caps, switches, jacks, and pots should probably be mostly fine, again as long as it wasn't something catastrophic that happened.
     
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    Not sure if I'd do it for $275, but maybe. It's obviously 2 pedals in one... lol. I had both of those pedals and they are REALLY great pedals. And complement each other well.
     
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    A repair bill of $275 is a clear message that Barber is not interested in fixing that for you.
     
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    This was my thought as well.
     
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    It’s well worth the repair cost.
    If you do not like it, you can get most of what you are into it for.

    that is a good investment, and a very good sounding pedal, I am not the only one who thinks so.

    just sayin
     
  14. Mike_LA

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    Not the case at all, David Barber is a professional.
    That's what a bootique builder will charge to refurbish it to new.
    it's up to him now, if the basic boards are still ok then he'll probably replace the pots and switches. If they are toast, well, I've got a really good enclosure . . . .
     
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    David Barber is a stand up guy and I am a huge fan of his pedals. He's probably going to do a complete rebuild for that price. But I am with 11gauge, unless it was in a flood or fire I don't see how that much could really go wrong.
     
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    Yes it was.
    Flooded in a Fire
     
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    @Mike_LA I wasn’t trying to talk bad about Mr Barber. The price you were quoted seemed to be pretty high, that is until you mentioned that it was flooded in a fire lol.
     
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    So yeah he is basically building a new pedal.
     
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