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Dieter Stoll


From:
Germany
Post Posted 22 Mar 2017 10:27 pm     Reply with quote

Hello,
has anybody ever tried to do that? And if so, how? I have this weird desire to reduce clutter on the floor, and I am trying to think of ways to clamp the BB to the right front leg where it would be in the immediate vicinity of the output jack and the Peterson tuner.
It's one heavy mother alright, but then again there are two convenient threaded holes on the bottom. Any ideas welcome!
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Lyle Dent


From:
Little Rock ,Arkansas
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 8:09 am     Black Box Reply with quote

Dieter, here's how I did mine. The straps are for added security. Brad also makes a rack for the Black Box and Octal. If you play guitar just unplug the steel and plug in whatever.

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Mike Wheeler


From:
Delaware, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 8:23 am     Reply with quote

Dieter, I just bought a couple of these leg clamps and got screws from the hardware store to fit the BB. I bought 2 of the "short ones. They work just fine for me, and don't cost a fortune. Now my BB is attached to the leg of my steel within easy reach.

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http://www.steelguitarshopper.com/accessories/?sort=featured&page=3
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Dieter Stoll


From:
Germany
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 9:13 am     Reply with quote

Thanks a bunch, Mike and Lyle, for reassuring me that the idea isn't utterly gaga Smile

I guess I'm going to follow Lyle's lead. Remove the cover, screw two holders (broomstick holders from the hardware store I'm guessing?) on, and secure with straps.

It will be tricky for me to get non-metric screws to fit the threaded holes on the bottom. And while the one closer to the rear panel has got a lot of clearance inside, the other one sits smack underneath the printed circuit board, so if the screw protrudes too much it can wreak havoc with the electronics.

I'll have a go at it shortly, and post the results here. Thanks again mates!
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Lynn Stafford


From:
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 11:10 am     Black Box Reply with quote

Dieter,

I made something out of some thin walled aluminum channel and screwed it to the bottom of my Black Box (using the existing threaded holes for the feet). I just hang it on the right edge of the bottom of my steel seat and close the lid. It now faces me, so I can access the variable Z control, connections, etc.
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Scott Duckworth


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Etowah, TN Western Foothills of the Smokies
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 11:46 am     Reply with quote

You can also make those clamps out of PVC conduit. Pick a size to fit the diameter of your legs, then could about 1/3 of the round away lengthwise. It should snap on the leg.
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Brad Sarno


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St. Louis, MO USA
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 12:20 pm     Reply with quote

I will warn people that if you play with single coil pickups, the power supply transformer inside the Black Box can radiate some hum when placed too close to the pickup.

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Mike Perlowin


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Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 8:31 am     Reply with quote

There's a man here named Steve English who can make a very nice rack or holder for the black box. He made one for me.
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Dieter Stoll


From:
Germany
Post Posted 25 Mar 2017 4:39 am     Reply with quote

Brad Sarno wrote:
I will warn people that if you play with single coil pickups, the power supply transformer inside the Black Box can radiate some hum when placed too close to the pickup.


Thanks for chiming in, Brad. Fair warning. It's a GFI II pickup though, so I expect no worries in that department.
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Steve Spitz


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New Orleans, LA, USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2017 1:25 pm     Reply with quote

I no longer have it. but played a few hundred jobs with one hanging off my seat. I made some straps just like my friend Lynn described. No problem with single coils.another handy benefit was I could slip the cable out of the box and into a tuner on my leg very quickly for silent tuning, and it kept the tuner out my signal chain.
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Dieter Stoll


From:
Germany
Post Posted 29 Mar 2017 1:32 am     Reply with quote

Thanks again for y'all's input. Here's how I did it. I found a surplus adjustable clamp that's actually used in photo studios to clamp equipment such as light screens and other fixtures to tripods or other tubular stands.



So much for planning; let's get down to it. You know the drill Very Happy Pilot hole, then go full size:



and I ended up with this:



Lamentably, I don't have a PSG handy here at the office (note to self: Why the heck not??). So I had to try it out on a chair leg. A little skinnier than the PSG leg, but proof of concept all the same.



Feels nice and sturdy. Case closed as far as I'm concerned.
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Mike Wheeler


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Delaware, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 29 Mar 2017 8:02 am     Reply with quote

Well done, Dieter. I see that great innovative German engineering is still alive and well!! Cool Very Happy
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