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Postby El Sid » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:39 pm

anyone knows where i can source and buy retro knobs and potis from?
in europe preferably.

somethings like the knobs they use on Tubetech gear for example or similar.
am looking for big, chuncky black knobs for my DIY controller.
have searched so much online but no luck yet.

many thanks.

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Hi Sid!

Here are a few suppliers to get you started:

www.cliffuk.co.uk/products/knobs/index.htm

www.bitsbox.co.uk/resistors/potentiometers.html

This one from bitsbox isn't too far off the Tubetech 'look'

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www.jhs.co.uk/guitartechparts.html#knobs

This one from John Hornby Skewes is the business though - exactly what you were searching for, and only £8.99 for a packet of three!

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby grab » Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:36 pm

Have you checked CPC/Farnell, Rapid Electronics and RS? CPC is probably the best bet, but Rapid sometimes has decent stuff at lower prices, and they're a bit cheaper on postage than CPC. RS is usually a last-ditch effort.
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby El Sid » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:06 pm

Martin Walker wrote:

www.jhs.co.uk/guitartechparts.html#knobs

This one from John Hornby Skewes is the business though - exactly what you were searching for, and only £8.99 for a packet of three!

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Martin

thanks a lot Martin,
that one does look the business but no info on size there...
need something with approx. 3.5 to 4cm diameter!!

will search through those sites though.
thanks again...

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby nathanscribe » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:20 pm

If you can wade through the data, Farnell have a pretty good range. The online search is painful, but the print catalogue is more useful I find.
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:39 pm

TAD have a selection, including a couple of chickenhead types in assorted colours. Luscious

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:13 am

El Sid wrote:thanks a lot Martin,
that one does look the business but no info on size there...
need something with approx. 3.5 to 4cm diameter!!


My pleasure

After taking another look I noticed it says the packet is three is '2 Large/1Small', so if you want loads of one size that could be wasteful

If I can find out any more I'll let you know.

P.S. At £6.99 they are cheaper here:

www.stringsdirect.co.uk/guitar_parts/knobs


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Re: Retro knobs?

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby El Sid » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:13 am

thanks for all the links guys...
good to have for future searches as well.

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:26 pm

I'll add any more I find for future reference then


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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:46 pm

Here are some more Retro knob links:


United States

I hadn't realised that the black knobs Sid originally asked for were from Fender, but here they are again described as '001-9455-000 LARGE SKIRTED KNOB FOR USA JAGUAR & MUSTANG GUITAR & USA JAZZ BASS', along with plenty more knobs of quality for our US members. Elsewhere I've seen them described as 'MXR Style' and the two diameters are 3/4" and 1":

www.guitarpartsresource.com/guitarknobs_fender.htm

Superb range here - the most comprehensive I've seen so far:
http://www.smallbearelec.com/Categories.bok?category=Knobs&searchpath=2475946&start=9&total=61

Anyone looking for something unusual should take a peek here (18 karat Gold, Skulls):
http://qparts.com/index.php?cPath=20



UK

These are really good value:
www.ampmaker.com/control-panels-and-knobs-1283-0.html

Another good range here:
www.axesrus.com/axenob.htm#Knobs

Plenty here at Maplin with good prices:
www.maplin.co.uk/searchtemplate.asp?criteria=POTENTIOMETER


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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Folderol » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:42 pm

I never knew there were so many knobs
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby ef37a » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:03 am

Folderol wrote:I never knew there were so many knobs

Not so many here Will but quite a few at
RECORDING & Sound Engineering Forums

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby shufflebeat » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:28 pm

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:26 pm

Here's another resource. In the USA, but it has lots of electronics stuff and kits, especially for guitar FX.

Lots of shapes, sizes, and colours.

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby El Sid » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:38 pm

great stuff Martin!

being a fussy bugg*r i still havent found that 4cm knob i have in mind.
the prettiest ones i have come across so far are here (they cost a bit):
http://www.modushop.biz/ecommerce/cat100_l2.php?n=1#6

where do all those boutique audio guys get their knobs?
they cant be all made to order? can they?

well i have given myself till monday to decide.

thanks again.

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Mixedup » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:35 pm

May be a touch *too* retro but... Antique Radio Knobs
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Tony Raven » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:51 pm

Digi-Key is a few miles down the road, & has access to an insanely huge selection of parts. Here's their search-page for knobs:

http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Cat=2097177&k=knobs

They're a major supplier to manufacturers in Japan, Korea, & China. Often their prices are much cheaper than from guitar-parts vendors.
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:14 pm

This should be made sticky. If only so we can refer future questions to the sticky knob post

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby djrespect » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:40 pm

Here's a shop from Germany I usually order mine from:
http://www.musikding.de/index.php/cat/c36_Knobs.html
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby jellyjim » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:46 am

zenguitar wrote:This should be made sticky. If only so we can refer future questions to the sticky knob post

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:33 pm

We now have a sticky knob thread


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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:55 pm

Martin Walker wrote:We now have a sticky knob thread

Martin

YAY !!!

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby El Sid » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:22 am

ah, i feel so honourd to have started the 'sticky knob' thread!

Sid

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another german site with a massive selection:
http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/overview/0200320/Geraeteknoepfe?categorycode=0200320&page=0&perPage=100
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:03 pm

Two more selections from Mojo Musical Supply.

Amp and guitar.

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:36 pm

This is building into a really good resource for those anongst us that are knobless


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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:51 am

A couple more for folk who want synth lookalike knobs:

For more Roland knobs in particular:
www.technologytransplant.com/index.php?cPath=6_44

http://synthparts.com/
ARP Odyssey mkI+II/Axxe/Omni/Sequencer Slider Cap $5
ARP Odyssey mkIII/Axxe mkII/Omni-2 slider cap $10
Korg MonoPoly, Polysix knob $10
Moog Liberation/Rogue Slider Cap $5
Oberheim OB-Xa/OB-8 knob $8
Roland Jupiter-6 Slider Cap $8
Roland Juno-106 Slider Cap $7
Roland MC-202, SH-101 Slider Cap $7
Roland MPG-80, MKS-30 Slider Cap $5
Roland Juno-106, SH-101 knob $7
Roland SH-1/2/5/7/09, Jupiter-4, System-100, Space Echo knob $10
Sequential Pro-One, Prophet-600, Sixtrak, Multitrak knob $7
Yamaha CS-50/60/80 slider cap (large/small) $7


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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:56 pm

Another UK supplier.

Electronic Projects Online.

And this is worth checking, not many knobs but a whole host of other weird and wonderful stuff for the hobbyist.Sparkfun.

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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby Richie Royale » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:32 pm

This sticky knob thread is good. I recently got a home made pedal and the knobs are a pretty average. Some big Pultec/Moog style ones would make it look a lot better, but may cost more than the pedal itself!
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Re: Retro knobs?

Postby zenguitar » Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:34 am

Richie Royale wrote:This sticky knob thread is good. I recently got a home made pedal and the knobs are a pretty average. Some big Pultec/Moog style ones would make it look a lot better, but may cost more than the pedal itself!

OK, not a link, BUT....

If you really want a Moog/Pultec/whatever knob there's no harm in approaching your local dealer and asking them to order spare parts/replacements

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