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KMD Stereo Chorus...worth trying to fix?

Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by Okieactor, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Okieactor

    Okieactor Tele-Holic

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    I was gifted this chorus. So far, signal passes, switch activates the light, but I am pretty sure the effect is still bypassed.

    looking inside, nothing jumps out. How good are these, and if it’s worth it, where would I start in diagnosing the issue? CB00AE5D-9E1D-491D-B1C8-A3104478E3EF.jpeg
     
  2. ReverendRevolver

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    Never heard them, but worst case, you end up with a functioning stereo chorus pedal or still have a broken one.

    Go for it if you're tempted.
     
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    I won't be very helpful, but I have a KMD phaser that sounds nothing like any other phaser. Your pic is the 2nd KMD pedal I've ever seen.
     
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    I’d never seen a KMD pedal before, but my first big amp, circa 1987-88, was a solid state KMD GS130D 2 x 12. It was big and loud and got me through college.
     
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    I’m 99% sure KMD = Kaman Music.

    Back in the day they were the international distributor for Applause, GTX, Ovation and Takamine. Their house brand was KMD. They made a line of inexpensive, imported guitars and basses, amps, pedals, and even some PA gear.

    It was really mostly cheap, generic stuff. It would be worth it to fix it if it’s just a practice project to learn how to work on stuff. I wouldn’t spend money to try and have someone experienced fix it.
     
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    With the used pedal market what it is now its definitely worth fixing.
     
  7. Okieactor

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    Inside it is VERY Boss-like (probably obvious from the pic.) Even looks like some of the parts could be the same, like the power jack that slots into the enclosure and the switch looks the same.

    100% through-hole, obviously, I guess.

    I just wouldn’t know where to begin? Do a flow-through of connections at jacks and switches?
     
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    pics, in case they are helpful.
     
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