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Vintage pedal question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by wraub, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. wraub

    wraub

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    I have a Seamoon Funk Machine envelope filter that is pretty old, and was, at some point, apparently somewhat valuable.

    I am considering using a 9v clip adapter from my Boss power supply to power it, but would likely have to file or cut a small notch for the cable so it all closes up correctly. Currently using a battery, but would like the presumed benefits of AC power.

    How much, if any, is this likely to devalue it? Even worth worrying about at all, or should I just do it already?

    Thanks.
  2. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't worry about it the value will stay there and the potential new owner will appreciate the mod.
  3. wraub

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    Cool, thanks for the response.

    Kinda figured as much, just wanted to be sure I wasn't desecrating a classic or something.
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    IMO, original funk machines are a rare beast these days so I wouldn't recommend doing anything that wouldn't be 100% reversible, and cutting a small slot in the enclosure is definitely NOT reversible.
  5. wraub

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    See, this was my thinking originally. I know it's supposed to be pretty rare, and allegedly somewhat valuable. Anytime I hear that I re-consider any mods, regardless of the gear in question. Thanks Mr. k_10, your opinion means much to me when it comes to vintage gear.

    So, one vote for and one against.

    Maybe I should start a poll... Anyone else?
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    I vote no. Filing the housing will affect the value to a collector.
  7. wraub

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    A quick ebay search shows some different versions in completed auctions going as high as $320, and one just like mine newly listed with a BIN of $500.

    I might just hold off on the whole filing thing after all...
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    A couple of years ago I sold an original mid-60's Univox SuperFuzz for more than $400. The tiny slot filed at the edge of the panel on the back to connect a 9V adapter was not an issue. Heck, I not only filed the slot, I put a rubber grommet around it to prevent the edge of the metal chafing the wire.
  9. Happynoj

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    If it has a battery door could you just leave it off?

    Or if it is a hammond style enclosure where the whole back comes off could you fashion a new back with a hole in it to use temporarily until you want to sell it?
  10. wraub

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    No battery door. Removable part is the "lid", the top of the enclosure with the footswitch involved. Making a new lid is not out of the question, but had not thought of it. Might do that if value is a consideration.

    Actually was thinking of maybe selling it, but wanted to give it another try without battery fluctuations so I can decide.
  11. Happynoj

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    The other thing to think about is - how much do you like this pedal? If you absolutely love it and can't see yourself parting with it but are worrying about this on the offchance, I say just cut the hole and be done with it. If you aren't sure whether it's a keeper then leave it pristine.

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