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Have I bought a compromised Boss GT-6B?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bedroommuso, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. bedroommuso

    bedroommuso

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    I recently bought a GT6-B via postage. After probing the seller over email, and be assured that it was 'in excellent condition' and 'came with everything' I now find out that the power supply is a non-original unit.

    Turns out it's a 12V power supply, of unknown milliamps, when it should be a Boss BRU-120 putting out 14V & 800ma.

    I can't find basically any details on the said power supply, except the voltage but it's an In-Li YL.41-10-12V.

    Would running the GT-6B at 12V instead of 14V, over an indiscriminate number of years have potentially damaged anything?

    Unfortunately the seller has refused to accept the unit for return, or chipping in for a new adapter, insisting that it's a non-issue because 'everything worked fine' for him, and that 'I didn't ask specifically if it had an original adapter'.. :rolleyes:
  2. line6man

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    Undervoltage is bad, but depending on the power supply design, voltage may or may not be regulated. I would personally look into disputing the seller, depending on how you arranged the transaction.
  3. bedroommuso

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    I'm not sure I have any avenue to dispute the seller - it was on ebay and he offered to go outside of ebay for cheaper.. should've been a warning sign. He had 125+ 100% feedback and I didn't think anything of it, but upon looking again, that was 100% feedback as a buyer only, not one single feedback as a seller. Just effing bad luck..
  4. caeman

    caeman The Root Master Supporting Member

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    Is the purchase of an actual Boss power supply beyond your means?

    If you want to press the issue, and you paid via PayPal, you could file a complaint against the seller.
  5. mgalat

    mgalat Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I would have to say that putting in a complaint isn't worth the $25 it will take to buy a power supply off ebay.

    If the unit is still working, then it probably hasn't suffered any damage that undervoltage would cause.
  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    line voltage will naturally fluctuate + or - a few volts, so i think the unit will be fine. it will perform less than optimal without the stock PS, though.
  7. MrLenny1

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    Digital gear will work with lower voltage without degrading components.
    If voltage was too low the BOSS would not work.
    +1 with mgalat's comment on if the unit is working it has not suffered any damage.
    Peace of mind would be a new BOSS unit.
  8. Crater

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    If the unit works fine I'd forget about the 2 missing volts and go on down the road.
  9. bedroommuso

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    Thanks for all the comments.

    Not to complicate the issue, but I can't get out of this as cheap as $25 I don't believe. I'm located in Australia, and need a 240V supply. As usual we get stiffed on prices here, and the cheapest replacement power supply I can find rated equivalently is $62.50 AU posted. Not to complain but I paid about market value for the GT-6B here, and with footing the power supply bill I consider that I have been ripped off price wise.

    Can anyone recommend a cheaper alternative, and is possible to run a 120V US unit and just use a prong changer?

    If the current adapter is regulated or unregulated etc., does that any bearing on whether any damaged may have been caused?
    Because I can't tell based on what's written on the adapter if it is or not.
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  11. cybersnyder

    cybersnyder Always groove.... Gold Supporting Member

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    You're kinda screwed. Even filing a complaint may not work since you admittedly went outside of eBay to do the deal. PayPal is eBay and they don't like it when buyers/sellers work around the system to bypass their fees.

    I think your best course of action is to get a legit Boss power supply from a retailer that allows returns. The last thing you want to do is get a cheap power supply that will end up burning out the board. If the legit power supply doesn't work, then the GT-6B doesn't work and you can return the power supply. The downside is that you're out the money spent on the GT-6B.

    We in the US sometimes forget how good we have it when it comes to cheap music gear. My daughter is going to Spain in the Spring for a Spanish class trip and I was devising an evil plan to send along an extra suitcase of effects. Nah, can't do that to her.
  12. bedroommuso

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    Thanks, appreciate you asking your techie cousin! Also, these are fairly decently priced adapters, good finding, only trouble is that I need 240 volt one. Grr..


    Yes, most definitely understand. Actually, it was the buyers idea to go outside of ebay this time.. I had originally put an offer over ebay but had received communication from him over email. I thought, as I basically have it in writing, reporting him for doing this but don't really know if it's worth it.
  13. mgalat

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    Sorry that I didn't look at your location. That changes a lot.

    This is one of those deals where something probably won't ever go wrong (with using the lower voltage power supply), but there's always that chance....

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