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EH Memory Man needs repair...any techs in Canada?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by 335Bob, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. 335Bob

    335Bob

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    I have a EH Memory Man that needs repair. I want to have it repaired in Canada. I already had the inventor (Howard Davis) of this pedal inspect it at great expense. He said it works fine. So he ships it back and it still doesn't work and it's doing the same thing that made me ship it to him in the first place. This story could be longer. However, I'm hoping someone around here knows somebody (in Canada) who is competent in repairing these units and could point me in their direction. It would be much appreciated.

    Regards,
    Bob
     
  2. shoretyus

    shoretyus

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    Did you talk to anybody at Ed's Music or Bud's in Peterborough?
     
  3. Rwinder

    Rwinder

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    don't know anyone in canada but analogman repairs them. I'm sure it will cost a lot though
     
  4. gtrguy

    gtrguy

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    What's wrong with it?
     
  5. 335Bob

    335Bob

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    Yes, I know Analogman does repairs and mods on these. The problem is, I've already spent over $100 dollars to have the same broken pedal returned to me. So with back and forth shipping to the US and the repair fee, I might as well toss it and buy a new one. Which I'm about ready to do anyways. (I'm thinking Diamond Memory Lane 2)

    As far as to what it's doing. Loss of signal (low volume, murky sound) is the first thing. When the Blend knob is turned up (even slightly), the original signal disappears altogether. Set to echo only, the repeats distort and have a high pitched feedback to them. Which is impossible to dial out. Modulation sounds distorted even when mildly dialed in, again no original signal comes through, only the after-effect. Definitely not the sound that should come out of this thing.

    I appreciate the suggestions and comments.
    Thanks.
    Bob
     
  6. Rwinder

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    If your going to toss it, i'll happily take it of your hands for spare parts for my DMM (let me know) sucks that howard davis couldn't fix it... that kinda scares me a bit as i was about to send mine to him to tune up... having second thoughts now.

    dealing with your original issues though, my DMM also has the murky sound this is what people love about the pedal. the volume issue, i assume you have adjusted the level knob? The blend knob thing is definitely not right...maybe the pot is screwed.
    as for the distortion are you slamming it with drive pedals? DMM's are known for clipping in this situation i can get mine to distort like you are describing.

    ^^^^I'm just covering all the bases..^^^^

    You might want to call some music repair shops and see if anyone is up for tackling this, i've read that these pedals are "interesting" to work on.

    If i was you i would definitely be all over howard davis about this as you have already given him money and he didn't do what you paid for...

     
  7. 335Bob

    335Bob

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    Well, the situation with Howard Davis is a long story. He suggested replacing the 24volt power adapter, which I did. Also, the way he shipped it back, I got dinged for customs fees, I tried to make my case to Canada customs. They want my original sales receipt showing I originally bought it in Canada. Don't have it/can't find it. Ugh! Let's just say he will "repair" it if I send it to him. However, I have to pay shipping to and fro. (Here we go, again) This is what is keeping me from doing this. I've put enough money into it. And if it comes back with the same issue? I'll probably go postal or something of the sort. kkjuw
    Now, as to the murky sound. I know what you are saying. Keep in mind, I've had this pedal for 5 years and have used it extensively. So, I've probably exhausted the many ways to get decent sound settings out of it. That being said, it sure don't sound like it used to. Actually, it's quite unusable the way it is. So, possibly I'll post it as a parts deal. I don't know yet. I'll see if I can get it fixed this side of the border.

    Thanks for the input.
    Bob
     
  8. Rwinder

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    Sorry i couldn't be more help. maybe try calling some of the bigger boutique stores like 12th fret in toronto and see if they know of anyone in canada that could fix it. For some reason i keep thinking that there is an effects modder based in Montreal, may be worth looking into.

    Wish i could be more help.
     
  9. kat_

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    Was there anything that happened that may have caused it to break? Maybe a power surge?

    Have you opened it up and looked around? Is there anything that looks like it has come loose or shorted out? Anything noticably burnt?

    Post some pics of the inside and see if anyone on the forums notices anything that could cause what you're describing.
     
  10. liddokun

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    Some pictures would definitely help. I know there are plenty of pedal veterans lurking on this forum. A few pictures of the front and back of the circuit board and all the controls and wiring would go a long way and trying to diagnose this.
     
  11. Esoterik

    Esoterik

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    +1, pics would be great. I'm an electronics tech so I might be able to help out.
     
  12. zurn

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    Hi, surely you have thought about it but is there a reason you didn't just try to find another one on Ebay ?
     
  13. mhammer

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    Well I'm gonna be at my in-laws in Washago over the Xmas break if you want to bring it by and let me have a look at it.

    Know that the DMM has had all manner of incarnations over the years, with different ones having different sorts of Achilles heels. For example, one issue used a trio of SAD1024 delay chips, each of which necessitated additional trimpots and adjustments. This was eventually replaced with an MN3005 which dropped the trimpot count down.

    Can you pop it open and tell us what chips are in there? That would help a lot to provide some preliminary advice on what to look for.
     
  14. liddokun

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    I was hoping you'd chime in here Mark. I was going to offer to have a look at it, but I'm not so great at delay pedals yet. Ha! In time!
     
  15. mhammer

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    Well if Buckhorn didn't appear to be as close to the Washago/Orillia area as it is, I wouldn't be making the offer. I'm generous, but I'm not crazy.:smile:
     

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