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Offline kodos96

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swap alps sliders?
« on: Wed, 03 December 2008, 23:49:57 »
This is probably a n00b question, but is it possible to remove the sliders from alps switches and swap in a different set, without desoldering/removing the switches from the board?

Offline fkeidjn

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« Reply #1 on: Thu, 04 December 2008, 00:05:24 »
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This is probably a n00b question, but is it possible to remove the sliders from alps switches and swap in a different set, without desoldering/removing the switches from the board?


Probably by switching the actual sliders and the sound-producing metal leaves.
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Offline kodos96

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« Reply #2 on: Thu, 04 December 2008, 00:25:06 »
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Probably by switching the actual sliders and the sound-producing metal leaves.


Right, but what I'm asking is whether its possible to remove those with the switch still mounted on the board, or do they need to be removed from the PCB to be disassembled sufficiently to swap the sliders/leaves?

Offline lowpoly

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« Reply #3 on: Thu, 04 December 2008, 00:49:26 »
It probably won't work if the 'board has a backplate because you can't access the clips then.

I tried it on a board without metal plate and could disassemble and reassemble a switch. You just need two small screwdrivers. The clip holders on the base part are thin though and may break. Looks like the switches are easier to assemble upside down to keep the spring in the little notches. With the switch base soldered to the board pcb this is awkward however. I reassembled it with the pcb on the desk and it took some time.

I have no idea if a different set will fit though.

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Offline poonsmjj

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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 04 December 2008, 02:10:09 »
how do you remove an alps switch? this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKnoJui9Z7I does it so easily! i'm having a hell of a time trying to remove mine from my northgate

Offline wellington1869

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« Reply #5 on: Wed, 10 December 2008, 15:13:37 »
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how do you remove an alps switch? this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKnoJui9Z7I does it so easily! i'm having a hell of a time trying to remove mine from my northgate


looks like our streams just crossed, lol
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Offline lowpoly

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« Reply #6 on: Wed, 10 December 2008, 15:54:50 »
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It probably won't work if the 'board has a backplate because you can't access the clips then.

Quoting myself, this is probably wrong with Alps switches. So it should work.

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