Parts - Two Manufacturers - Why The Delays?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jaywa, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    What's up with with the stupidly long wait time for parts these days? I'm going through this currently with two different manufacturers:

    - I have a Hartke 3500 "Transient Attack" head that has been in the shop for over a year... guy says he can't get the part he needs.

    - I also have an Ibanez BTB bass sitting at home that has been waiting for a pot for over a month.

    Seriously... is the whole idea to make repairs so time-consuming that people give up and just buy new? I've got more time than money so I'm willing to wait a reasonable time but this is ridiculous.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    I got nothing on the Hartke. You sure he's not seriously lazy? Call Larry...

    As for the pot, where are you ordering it from? Unless it's some crazy specialty pot there is no reason to wait for one. Go to the store and pick one up. Most shops carry 250k, 500k, and 25k. Otherwise, find a better online retailer.
  3. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Yeah, actually it is a specialty pot. It's the stacked midrange EQ one. Music store guy says Ibanez is the only place you can get one of those.
  4. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    What's the value of the stacked pot?
    You should be able to get one from at least one of the online electronics dealers.
  5. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Sometimes I really hate exotic proprietary components. (And not just with bass gear.) :(

    This might be a good opportunity to just go ahead and upgrade the entire preamp on your Ibanez. (Lots of high-quality readily-available solutions if you can spare a bit of $$$.)
  6. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Good suggestion, but I'm not totally in love with the bass as a whole. So basically I just want to get the electronics back up to original specs quickly (and with as little cost as possible), and then I'll probably sell it. And until then, it's my only backup so I'm feeling some urgency to get it back in operation.
  7. sprocket123

    sprocket123 Guest

    Feb 15, 2012
    On the Hartke , maybe the dealer never called them , it happened to me on other company-matters , most of the time it s not the said company that s contacted at all .

    Most companies now don t stock parts anymore , so most of them wait & build them when enough orders to produce them , or only on order
  8. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA

    The Ibanez situation, I guess it is what it is and I'll have to wait it out.

    As for my Hartke amp, I'm gonna pay the repair shop another visit before the end of this week and if they still haven't gotten the part I may just give Larry a call.
  9. ex-tension


    Jun 11, 2009
    If you need that bass urgently (and if you don't need many different settings from the MID pot) you can solder some resistors on the pot connections (of the preamp). You can guess the values of the resistors from the pot's value, tapper and the setting you use mostly. Like this you'll have a fixed MID setting on the bass but it will be functioning instead of sitting at home.
  10. sprocket123

    sprocket123 Guest

    Feb 15, 2012
    Kick their buts , I m sure they did nithing , seen that before as I said , call Larrry ,& ask him if the dealer called in , if it s that , a little call to the dealer will have things moved a little bit faster ...