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On/Off Switch Cover
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:00:12 AM »

So I'm noticing that even though the on/off switch is tucked in next to one of the rubber "feet" of my ZX, I'm still somehow accidentally bumping it more than I'm comfortable with (probably why so many of you don't have on/off switches any more).

I'm thinking of making some sort of cover for it. Something I can glue onto the backplate that can be flipped up when I want to use the switch, or possibly a cage I can reach through that will stay stationary. Either way, I've hit it by accident a few times already and I want to make sure that when I'm up on stage and performing, I don't jostle it.

Have any of you done something like this? Inspector, would this void my warranty or cause any issues?
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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 12:50:35 PM »

I must say I have not had that problem with my ZX.  I do remember the Inspector saying that the switches used to be in a bad spot and would turn off accidentally during a gig, but he moved the switch location so that would not happen.  What is hitting the switch?  Is it your belt, is it the way you are holding it?  Like I said, I haven't had this issue (yet), and it may be because of how I wear mine.  Some wear theirs low and others high, I think futureman wears his upside down in comparison.

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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 01:43:29 PM »

Hey Rob!

It hasn't actually happened in about a month, so I'm not sure exactly what's going on. I think it's my hip or belt that is bumping the switch. I should try to replicate it when I practice tonight and see what happens.

I did try adjusting my strap last week and raising it up a little bit because the ZX was hanging a little low. That could have contributed to it happening in the past. If I can eliminate it altogether without voiding my warranty, though, that would be best for me. I am the kind of klutz that would do fine for a few months, think that everything was better, and then bump it while up on stage in the middle of a performance.

The problem I think will be finding something that will suitably cover the switch without interfering with the rubber foot, so it has to be shallower than the foot. My friend has a CNC mill so he might be able to make something for me in a pinch.
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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 08:30:43 AM »

Why don't you contact me directly and I'll try to help figure this out with you. 109
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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 02:43:26 PM »

Why don't you contact me directly and I'll try to help figure this out with you. 109

What he said!  I still occasionally bump mine to 'off', but these days it's due to operator error vs. design/placement.
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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011, 03:58:49 PM »

I'd imagine just sticking a "L" or "U" shaped plastic wall around it would work.  3M outdoor tape (aka "the red tape") is really good at semi-permanently attaching things without causing damage.  I've used that stuff more times than I can count.  I've even used it on my Zendrum itself so can attest to it's safety.  I used it to attach a padded section to the rear of my ZX to keep it from destroying my shirts and grinding into my belt buckle.   ::)

http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Exterior-Mounting-Clear-MMM4011/dp/B00004Z4BV
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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 11:41:14 AM »

I have never bumped my on/off switch, I think my belly gets if the way :o Thumper
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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011, 09:46:18 AM »

Hey David. Sorry I haven't called yet, it's been a busy time for me!
I'll drop you a call this afternoon when I get off work if that's cool, I'd like to hear any suggestions you might have.

I like the idea of putting a U shaped "wall" around the switch. I think that would do the trick and would be easily replaceable if it got rubbed off. Maybe my friend can mill a chunk of plastic for me.


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Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2011, 10:33:58 AM »

Trust me, if you use the red tape it will not rub off  ;)

It is removable, but takes a lot of lateral force, and it will stretch long before it detaches.
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