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Can Anyone Help Identify This Switch?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Bean1871, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. Bean1871

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    upload_2020-12-21_22-48-49.jpeg Any assistance identifying what I assume is a 6 pin on/off switch in this L-pad attenuator would be sincerely appreciated. I’m seeing a lot of on/off/on switches, but not what I think is indicated in the schematic. Unless I’m wrong...which is very possible...
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    Looks to be a DPDT. Each column of three lugs is a pole. The center lugs switch between the top and bottom lugs.

    When the switch is in the up position the l-pad is bypassed, in the down position it is engaged.
     
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    Yep DPDT switch. When searching for a DPDT switch they will also be labeled as ON-ON.
    Basically, you want a switch that only toggles up and down (avoid Up, Middle, Down).

    Looks like this was referenced in this thread back in 2019.
    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/diy-attenuator.918612/
     
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    It's more of a bypass than an on/off, it seems. And, yes, a DPDT switch.
     
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    Mexitele Blues is right.
     
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    Don't play when you use the switch if you plan to use that on tube amp because there comes brief open circuit in switch and it can cause voltage spike in tube power amp circuit. Even safer is to switch amp high voltage off.
     
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    I think the person who drew that meant the attenuator is off in one position.
     
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    Thanks, everyone, for confirming what I’m seeing here. I’ll look for an on/on DPDT. They seem less common than the on/off/on variety.
     
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    Thanks, everyone for your input.

    After thinking about this for awhile, I’m now wondering why a switch would be necessary after all. I’m not planning on using this as a pedal, so for simplicity’s sake, I may just skip the switch to start.

    In that case, lug 1 would connect at input tip, lug 2 would go to output tip, and lug 3 to output ring (ground)?
     
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