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Mick Reid

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Sep 22nd, 2019 11:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some have probably read in the other forums that I have picked up a new Tone Master DR.

I only took it out of the house for the first time last night, and didn't realise until I set it down on the bitumen in the carpark, that it has metal feet!

My house is mostly carpeted, so it never occurred to me to look at the bottom.

So my question is: has anyone ever removed these kind of feet and how did you do it?

The steel "buttons" appear to be just pressed into the pine cabinet, but that doesn't seem like a very secure or logical way of fixing them.

I want to replace them with some rubber feet, but not knowing exactly how they're fixed to the cab, I didn't want to just start trying to pries them off for fear of ripping the tolex or chipping the pine under it.

Any experience or advice???

So far, this is only thing that I haven't liked on this amp.


...you know I had to find something... :^P

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 01:15 AM, Sep 23rd, 2019)

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Sep 23rd, 2019 12:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Princetons had three pronged metal feet just driven in to the pine.
Didn't know that that's also the case with a Deluxe.

How old is it?
Please post a picture.
cheers

Mick Reid

Australia

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Sep 23rd, 2019 04:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Roly, it’s one of the brand new Tone Masters.
These do look like you describe the Princetons.


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Sep 23rd, 2019 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

They're called "glides" and they are pretty craptacular.

I always replace these with a rubber foot (see link below). Make sure to get the type that has a steel washer molded into the rubber. The reason is cheaper rubber feet without that washer will come off if the rubber foot is bumped laterally (dragged a bit).

Grip the metal foot with a large plier and gently rock it, and it will pull right out. Drill a 1/8" diameter hole 1/2" deep in the center of the three spike holes, and use a 3/4" pan-head sheet metal screw to install the rubber foot. That's the basic procedure.

But pay attention to where the rubber foot is going to go, because sometimes the metal feet are pressed into the cabinet fairly close to the rounded edge of the wood, and the rubber foot might extend over the radiused edge. So the better way is to measure 1.5" in from each edge and mark the Tolex at that point. That's where you drill for the screw.

Cheap! You get a pack of four...without screws.

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Sep 23rd, 2019 05:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is what the metal feet look like. The three spikes are fairly short (link).

If the three little holes in the vinyl bug you, put a little dot of black Permatex ("form-a-gasket," available at an auto parts shop) on your fingertip and press it into each little hole.

Immediately scrub it with a paper towel and it will be invisible.

This also prevents moisture from getting into the wood. This is important if you set your amp directly on the ground when playing outside.

Steel chair glides: cheap crap, easy to install in one second.

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Sep 23rd, 2019 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

To add...

I’ve bought the rubber feet without the washer molded in place. I add a washer. I just make sure the washer fits snuggly in place and is the proper size for the screw. The important thing is to not use the washer-less feet with just a screw.

Mick Reid

Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Sep 23rd, 2019 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo.
You’ve confirmed my thoughts about the glides, and thanks for the tips on removal.
I got the installation of the rubber ones covered!

Cheers

Mick Reid

Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Sep 23rd, 2019 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Leftee - I do the same as you. I fit the washers myself.
Built lots of pedalboards and road cases with those kind of feet. Thanks

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Sep 23rd, 2019 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I find the washerless feet pretty inexpensive. And I gots me some washers!

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Lauren's

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Sep 23rd, 2019 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

A good washer

provides proper pressure.

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Sep 23rd, 2019 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is a high pressure thread by a foot.

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Sep 24th, 2019 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I posted another thread of the finished "foot transplant" but thought I'd add here that Peegoo's tip on using the black silicone to fill the holes in the tolex worked a treat!

The rubber feet were *just* large enough to cover the marks, but I liked the idea of sealing them.

The prong holes were damn near invisible after the black "goo" trick!

Thanks!


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Sep 24th, 2019 11:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Goo--at your service!

This little trick is also a great way to fill gouges and scrapes in black Tolex. The repair will be invisible from more than three feet away.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 01:17 AM, Sep 25th, 2019)

Mick Reid
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Sep 24th, 2019 11:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Double thumbs-up emoji!!!


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