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#579052 - 9th Sep 2011 2:59am Does anyone know what this unusual item is?
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Was given this recently by a friend who was having a clear-out, I was going to gift it to an electrical friend of mine but our paths haven't crossed for a whilst, does anyone know what this is? if so does it have any monetry value or is it a piece of junk? Intrigued to find out, I was thinking something like an old telephone connection exchange box or something to do with manipulating audio (as it came from an audio guy)

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#579056 - 9th Sep 2011 4:03am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: motionspoon]
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Without looking at the the circuit boards properly most of this is guesswork, but educated guesswork laugh

Judging by the makeup of the box and the way it is generally put together I would say it is homemade, and from the duplication of components I wouldn't imagine that it is just a transfer from another housing I think it has been made up from other items.

It appears to have several audio inputs (you say it's from an "audio guy") and there are several pots (variable resistors) which appear to control the input signal, along with (if I'm seeing it right) a VERY large capacitor (the silver can type object) which is either used to stabilise the voltage or to give a huge boost when required.

I can't see it being from a telephone exchange, despite the variable inputs.

It looks as though it's taking a fixed signal from a single input and then using the jack pugs in a variety of sockets to allow for different "effects" to be applied to the signal, either to enhance it, amplify it within a certain range or to control the effects within a fixed parameter.

Without seeing it properly I don't know, I'm just working on what it looks like, without seeing the circuits properly though it is just guesswork (unless somebody else recognises it as the guidance system from one of the ferries smile )

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#579057 - 9th Sep 2011 4:34am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: TheDr]
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brilliant as ever dr, thanks, I'll try to get some circuitry pics up soon, anyone else please feel free to add to the dr's thoughts...

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#579093 - 9th Sep 2011 9:04am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: motionspoon]
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I have no idea, but if I had built something that badly when I was doing my Radio & TV Servicing course at Birkenhead Tech, my instructor would have had a fit!

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#579137 - 9th Sep 2011 10:26am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: motionspoon]
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It looks a bit similar to this


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#579139 - 9th Sep 2011 10:27am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: BandyCoot]
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#579174 - 9th Sep 2011 11:01am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: motionspoon]
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I would say my uneducated guess is it looks like some kind of homemade amp or other radio type equipment.

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#579192 - 9th Sep 2011 11:28am Re: Does anyone know what this unusual item is? [Re: motionspoon]
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It a time machine ;-)
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