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ART ABY Cool Switch Pedal

ART ABY Cool Switch Pedal

Route one signal between two amps or amp channels or route two signals into the same amp with this A/B-Y Switch Pedal.

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Submitted January 27, 2010 by a customer from peak.org
"Needs redesign!"
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Sound
Sound levels vary. Sometimes it passes full level, sometimes it attenuates, you just have to click the switch a couple of times to hear the difference.
Features
It sorely needs a separate led that stays dedicated to the a/b mode while you are in the y mode.
Ease of Use
The switches are too close together, and when you are in a hurry you can easily stomp both switches leaving you in a bad place. I rebuilt mine in a new box I got at radio shack, I chopped the board apart and split the switches farther apart. Much better.
Quality
This brings up the other reason I had to rebuild it. The in-out jacks do not create a positive lock on your cables. More than once during a performance a cable would just fall loose. I replaced them with cheap jacks from radio shack which make a tight click when you insert the cable and they hold securely.
Value
Well it was cheap, but there isn't much to it. Having rebuilt this one I now know that I will be building my own from scratch very soon, so I can eliminate the level inconsistency problem. It doesn't bother me too bad because I am using an ART TPS2 tube preamp following the switch and that gives me quite a bit of tube compression. Great pre-amp!
Manufacturer Support
Honestly, I give them the benefit of the doubt, but I have not tried to contact them about my problems, what are they going to do? Short of a complete redesign there is nothing they could do.
Musical Background:
active musician
Musical Style:
rock
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Submitted June 8, 2012 by mike glicksberg in Brookings, OR
"not worth any price"
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The unit hums and pops so loudly, could not use on stage. Cuts signal and power. Tried different gauge cables 18, 16, 12, 10, made no difference. Tried to use it to split speaker cabs, only one side would work.Lost the packaging as was on the road. Gusee what? cannot return
Musical Background:
44 years bass player
Musical Style:
Blues, rock, soul, jazz
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Submitted August 30, 2005
"Backwards from the Factory"
The outputs and inputs were backwards. I had to reletter them after I finally realized the factory got it wrong. I know it's unbelivable, my other band members didn't believe me either until I showed them. Also I finally gave up due to unprecidented feedback coming from the my setup once I introduced this box. Whatever it was the 2nd unit I've worked with. The first one didn't work, this one did but input /outputs backwards. I'd stay away from it!!!!!
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Submitted April 28, 2004
ART Cool Switch ABY Customer Review
If they'll eat my return postage I'll send it back to get a silent switch.
Sound
I just bought it and will be looking for a differant one that will switch SILNTLY. I took the chance wilth the little to no info I could find on this and lost. What's with the big clunky bang when I switch the pedal? Guess you get what you pay for.
Features
The A/B-Y part is very nice. I can play in one or two amps at the same time . The LED light is working ... nice to know where you stand with this thing visually.
Quality
It seems solid. I've only had it two days .
Value
I'd pay more for a silent switch that used good old American HARD steel screws (that won't strip after using them twice).
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