I absolutely love my Zoom B2 effects pedal. I use it more for amp/cab modeling than for effects (although there are a few I use). I use the Zoom like a preamp to my preamp because no matter what I plug into, my presets on the Zoom are my sound.
However, because I don't use it like a pedal, I wish it were a rack mount unit instead of a pedal, so...
I took my unit apart today and I'm pleased to say that I think it's possible to take this apart, refit it to at least a 2U high by half width rack effects unit. I may be able to work it into a 1U, but that might require more drastic measures.
Each component is layered on it's own circuit board and connected via ribbon cable which means I can...
Separate the LED display from the main board.
Separate the dials and buttons from the main board.
Separate the heavy footswitches from the main board and replace them with soft buttons (which is all the footswitch buttons engage underneath anyway).
All I have to do is figure out how best to orient everything to be the way I want it. Hopefully the ribbon cables are long enough to do what I want and it looks as though they are having taken the whole thing apart.
I have a gig tomorrow night or I'd be starting on it tonight. I'll have to begin doing this next week.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Anyone have to extend a ribbon cable if need be (don't think I'll have to, but we'll see).
Pics to come...
And yes, I know there is like the Line 6 or the Behringer rack units but I love the Zoom B2 and have been using it for years now and would just prefer it be a rack unit.