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How to avoid changing settings on Mooer pedals with your foot?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by nwinkler, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. nwinkler

    nwinkler TDPRI Member

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    I've got a Mooer Trelicopter and I think it does a fine job - the tremolo effect ranges from subtle to whacky, perfect for many styles of music.

    Here's the problem: It sits on the second row in my pedal board. Due to the pedal's small size, it happens quite often that I accidentally change the setting of the big "Speed" pot/knob with my foot (or shoe), leading to changed settings in the middle of the song.

    Is there a way to avoid this? I know it's a lot to ask - I should probably use a bigger pedal :p

    Maybe there's an easy fix that I'm not aware of - looking forward to some suggestions. Smaller feet are not an option for me :eek:
     
  2. Jupiter

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    A strip of gaffer tape over the knobs.



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  3. nwinkler

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    The downside is that it won't allow me to easily change the settings between songs.
     
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    Yep. But it's not too hard to lift up the tape, tweak a knob, and re-secure it, and with gaffer tape, you can do that a few times. I actually did this trick for a performance where we had six songs. We had a sound check, and then I had to clear my stuff off the stage. I taped the knobs down so things wouldn't get messed up when I moved my pedal board. I didn't have to make any changes over those six songs, but maybe you can develop a similar system that would be easier to release and secure, like velcro?
     
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    I found something that works really well for this (I have to give credit to Travis from Wampler as he mentioned it in one of the Chasing Tone Podcats)!

    Go to Home Depot and get some little neoprene washers. Take off the knobs, put the washers around the base of the pots. Then put the knobs back on and press them down tightly against the washers as you tighten them up. Voila! The knobs still turn freely and look clean but have a good deal of resistance so they won't move if you hit them with your feet. You've got to deliberately twist them to get 'em to move.
     
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    nwinkler TDPRI Member

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    Thanks - this looks great, good idea. I've got a couple of empty beer bottles sitting around - I'll give the washers a try.
     
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    Could you possibly add some height to the stomp switch by putting something on top of it and get the knob out of range that way?
     
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    Small Rubber bands, the o rings that go on boss pedals by the battery compartment screw.. I dropped my Malekko Delay pedal a while back and it bent the pot that adjust the time just enough to make it stiff enough that it won't accidentally move but free enough that I can still easily adjust it.
     
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    1300 E Valencia Friend of Leo's

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    ... But don't buy these from guitar people, buy them from beer home-brew people, who charge 8 cents each instead of 43 cents each. Amazon is a good place to start. That's where I bought my bag of 100. Ought to last a couple gigs at least...
     
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    Take the knob off. You could still adjust the shaft, but it will be less likely to be changed inadvertently by your foot.
     
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    Don't buy mini pedals.
     
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    Uze smaller knobz
     
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    You could try putting a metal block bar like they have on hotone pedals and some ehx pedals. They probably have them at your local lowes or Home Depot. [​IMG]
     
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    Or just go to your local hardware store and get rubber faucet washers....
    Also, use a tie-wrap to secure mini pedals to your board.
     
  17. nwinkler

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    Lots of good advice - I'm going to try the rubber/beer washers. I noticed that the Mooer pedal's knob doesn't have a screw - how do I get it off without breaking it?
     
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    ^ pull it straight off. Might require some pliers but most likely by hand will do.
     
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    Put it in a true bypass looper and put it's switch on front row.
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  20. nwinkler

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    Good point. The Mooer was my first mini pedal, and I'm aware of the downsides now. The small size is nice for saving space, but definitely has some usability drawbacks.

    I don't see myself buying many of these in the future.
     
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