"Idiot-Proof" One Stop Source for Elma Rotory Switches

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"Idiot-Proof" One Stop Source for Elma Rotory Switches

Postby AndyRey » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:17 am

I have a friend who wants to re-switch his 80 series Neve. The master monitor switch he already ordered pre-resistored from Elma directly which certainly made installation easy. However, he wants to do the whole board. Like an idiot, I said there must be a one-stop retailer out there that he could order everything from, wouldn't need a doctorate to do it and I would help him find it. So here I am. Do any of you know of such a place. I have researched a couple so far. (Goldpoint and Proconsole Parts)
Proconsole parts has a slight edge in terms of pricing and charts in their description that tells which switch goes where. (the idiot-proof factor) I see our moderator deals with a lot of this sort of thing, but I could not find rotary switches on his site. I would figure you kids would know the answer. What say you? Thanks for your help.
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Re: "Idiot-Proof" One Stop Source for Elma Rotory Switches

Postby ScotchMcNeilAudio » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:35 am

Hello AndyRey,

Sadly, there was never a Neve sheet with every part listed as a layout diagram.
I don't service the 80 series as it's too much of a customised minefield. There were similarities across modules but then someone would require a different pan law, a different eq frequency or level taper, etc....
Blakeyboy ( at ) btinternet ( dot ) com is a good place to start as he lives, eats and ***** these desks day in and day out. You'll need to give him a guide of module numbers for Mic/EQ, Routing and master section so he can check any of his paperwork.
Blake normally just cleans/rebuilds the switches. I don't think he ever compiled the switch information as nowadays no-one really has the cash/economic viability to replace every switch for a new one!

As a general guide, anything made from 1982 onwards is my bag, including Flying Faders.
Anything from 1963 through to 1979 is Blakey's bag.
In the middle? Try 81series for the 81/82 support.

Sorry I can't help at this time tho'.
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Re: "Idiot-Proof" One Stop Source for Elma Rotory Switches

Postby ScotchMcNeilAudio » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:10 am

AndyRey,

Of course, there's always Audio Maintenance for Elma switches, etc.....
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Re: "Idiot-Proof" One Stop Source for Elma Rotory Switches

Postby AndyRey » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:58 am

Thank you Scotch McNeil. I will certainly contact Blakey and ask him as well as Audio Maintenance. The board is a 32 input 8048 with original 1081 input modules. I had always thought the 1081s were pretty standardized with Elma and Blore Edwards (?) switches. It is a little surprising to me that no one has bothered researching and documenting with at least, the 70s Neves. (So much interest with the originals and all the boutique clones)
Rumor has it that Elma is aggressively re-embracing their audio roots. Soon they will put out a line of the Marconi knobs with the original colors. The only difference is they will be made of metal instead of plastic. I have also heard they have a new quadrant styled fader much like the old Cadac. If I find something concrete, I will post it here. Once again, thanks.

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Re: "Idiot-Proof" One Stop Source for Elma Rotory Switches

Postby AndyRey » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:37 pm

Hello again Mr. McNeil,

I actually ended up speaking with Mark Owen at Elma (I think he is in the UK now) who was very helpful. I will post the end result. However, I found an Elma Fan Page on Facebook with all the Gear Porn (very pretty pictures) I had mentioned before plus quite a bit more. Here is the Link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elma-Audi ... 6584794340

Check it out!

Thanks again for your help.

All The Best,

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