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Vintage Morley Bulbs

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by andvari7, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    So, I'm at the point where I should be considering replacements for the tiny 387 bulb in my Morley PWB. At the very least, I could plunk down $5 for four of them through Morley themselves. But, as this is a pedal I intend to keep for a long time, I would rather get a bulb that I don't have to replace every two years (of consistent use, and constant forgetfulness). Naturally, this leads to LEDs. Why shouldn't I use an LED 387 bulb in my Morley? If the answer is "You should," then which one would be best?
  2. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    I took the liberty of contacting Morley yesterday, and the customer service contact told me that I needed to purchase the bulb. LEDs will not work. I think I may have given him the mistaken impression that there weren't LEDs in a 387 bulb footprint, which there are. I can get them from Allied Electric, Newark or Digi-Key. Of course, to get anything from Digi-key is to immediately invite the persistent catalogues, emailes and phone calles, so there is a trade-offe.
  3. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I would guess that the LED wouldn't put off the same kinda light intensity, but its hard to say whether it would work closely enough without trying. Personally I find the bulbs so easy to replace that I don't really consider it a deal at all as long as I make sure to have a spare handy. I've had my 70s PWB for several years now and have only had to change the bulb once so far (had a new bulb when I bought it and I accidentally left it plugged in and on for over a week the one time I did have to replace the bulb)- I generally just make sure not to leave it turned on if I'm going to leave it plugged in. I don't use it as much as you though (I probably did when I first got it). I will be interested to hear your results with an LED if you do decide to try...do the LEDs take the same voltage as the bulbs?

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