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    I hang onto wall warts--you can never tell when they'll come in handy. I just dug out a 20VDC one the other day for a PC speaker system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I hang onto wall warts--you can never tell when they'll come in handy. I just dug out a 20VDC one the other day for a PC speaker system.
    mmm now that I think on it I think the Peanut used a 17vac transformer. All I know is, though I don't own a jr anymore, is I found a 17vac transfomer, or pulled it out of something, and held onto it. But looks like I'll never use it.

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    Yeah, that happens to me. I've still got a linear PSU for a Grid--heavy bugger, but the Grid is long gone. I think it's also about 17-18VDC.

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    Isn't Fender rack gear 17VAC? Or is my memory going? I should know, I have a ton of it, but it's been a while since I've had to look at the wall warts.

    Maybe it's Roland. Some kind of music rack gear is 17VAC...

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    Oh, my Alesis MIDIverb III is 18VAC, I think...or maybe 12VAC...definitely AC, at any rate. I have a Proteus MPS that's also 18VAC.

    Suffice to say, anyone who requires a wall wart for gear that's big enough to hold a proper PSU can go straight to hell.
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    I agree. But there are other reasons to have a remote transformer than just size. There's also heat. So sometimes there's good reason. Mind you I can't think of too many examples where this is legitimate.

    I have a picture of all the wall warts and power strips needed for a small rack of music gear, which is titled, "Electrician's Nightmare."

    Huh... Correction: did have. It's gone, apparently, but here's one like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    Maybe it's Roland.
    All of my Roland stuff is 9 VDC, Center Negative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I hang onto wall warts--you can never tell when they'll come in handy. I just dug out a 20VDC one the other day for a PC speaker system.
    SO Do I, whole box of them. Its easy enough to snip off the end and add a different plug. Much easier than buying a new expensive unit.

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    I've even developed the knack of opening the things up to re-cap them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    And we used mercurichrome on cuts (or merthiolate, which is the same as the dreaded anti-vaxer thimerosal).
    I miss Merthiolate. No would that was treated with that ever got infected. No clothing that came in contact with it ever got clean. I still have an old bottle around here.

    The brand name is still around but it's just a tarted-up tincture of iodine, near as I can tell.

    The story I heard is that no one wanted to do the testing to demonstrate it was safe because it was too cheap to produce and there was no money in that. So a perfectly safe, highly effective antiseptic is off the market, at least in the USA. Somebody tell Martin Shkreli.
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