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Title: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Brian Roth on August 26, 2005, 12:53:26 AM
I was talking with a sales rep at Hawk Electronics today, and he told me that ITT Cannon has discontinued the F-series.  Combined with the fact that the mechanically similar TA switches from E-Switch are also discontinued, we all have an interesting problem brewing since that was one of the most popular switches used in recording gear.

Just for grins, I did a "head count" on an MCI JH-686 I/O module and there's approx. 38 F-series switches per module.  And, the JH-636 isn't exactly a "huge Cadillac" desk........

Bri

Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Jakob Erland on August 26, 2005, 01:55:02 AM
Yes, bad news indeed..

Hope that ALPS or some other OEM takes over. Things could quickly get pretty nasty if nobody wants to make them..

Jakob E.
Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Greg Reierson on August 26, 2005, 09:36:52 AM
Brian Roth wrote on Thu, 25 August 2005 23:53

I was talking with a sales rep at Hawk Electronics today, and he told me that ITT Cannon has discontinued the F-series




Wow! I guess that explains why my rep said the switch I want is 16 weeks out and I should find something else.

Hello Aromat.....


GR
Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: lepurp on August 26, 2005, 10:01:59 AM
I do not believe this is the case.

I just called ITT and asked them about it.  They told me that they were no longer making a couple of switch caps but they were still making the switches.

Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Jim Williams on August 26, 2005, 10:46:58 AM
If you treat the Shadow switches with Stabilant 22A, you will not need to worry about them wearing out, they last for 30 years this way.
Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Brian Roth on August 27, 2005, 02:09:36 AM
Greg Reierson wrote on Fri, 26 August 2005 08:36

Brian Roth wrote on Thu, 25 August 2005 23:53

I was talking with a sales rep at Hawk Electronics today, and he told me that ITT Cannon has discontinued the F-series




Wow! I guess that explains why my rep said the switch I want is 16 weeks out and I should find something else.

Hello Aromat.....


GR



Aromat makes an F-series replacement??

Bri

Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Brian Roth on August 27, 2005, 02:12:24 AM
lepurp wrote on Fri, 26 August 2005 09:01

I do not believe this is the case.

I just called ITT and asked them about it.  They told me that they were no longer making a couple of switch caps but they were still making the switches.




The sales rep at the ITT distributor (Hawk Electronics) may have been in error.  I also spoke with a rep at ITT and he told me "he had no knowledge" of the F-series being discontinued.  However, it *was* a discussion couched in weasel words <g>.

Bri


Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: zmix on August 27, 2005, 06:37:31 AM
Jim Williams wrote on Fri, 26 August 2005 10:46

If you treat the Shadow switches with Stabilant 22A, you will not need to worry about them wearing out, they last for 30 years this way.

Not after an NS-10 lands on them!
Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Greg Reierson on August 28, 2005, 08:43:14 AM
Brian Roth wrote on Sat, 27 August 2005 01:09

Greg Reierson wrote on Fri, 26 August 2005 08:36

Brian Roth wrote on Thu, 25 August 2005 23:53

I was talking with a sales rep at Hawk Electronics today, and he told me that ITT Cannon has discontinued the F-series


Wow! I guess that explains why my rep said the switch I want is 16 weeks out and I should find something else.

Hello Aromat.....


Aromat makes an F-series replacement??



Only in the sense that I've decided to use relays instead of switches on a current project.


GR

Title: Re: "Schadow" F-series switches discontinued
Post by: Brian Roth on January 12, 2006, 04:30:42 AM
To add some more insult to injury....

E-Switch has also discontinued their MTH line, which was a decent replacement for the little Alps switches used in MANY desks.

I hated the Alps switches (white body with a blue "element" in the plastic molding) since  they would fall apart if you looked at them wrong.

Also, some desks used 6 pole switches, and I don't find anything...anywhere...as a new replacement.

I guess we all need to quit using any analog desks.... send them all to the landfill along with the bazillion CRT-equipped TV sets which are immune to the Euro RoHS directive.

Bri