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Offline manicmidget

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Hi, I just purchased a broken Crack w/ Speedball to repair it myself, and the seller didn't have the manual as he had purchased it pre-built. It's also unclear which version(s) the Crack and Speedball are. Hoping someone from Bottlehead can contact me to help. Thanks very much!

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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2021, 05:18:01 PM »
Can you post some photos of what you got?
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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2021, 05:26:01 PM »
Thanks for replying! Please let me know if you need more photos.

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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2021, 05:33:40 PM »
That's a Crack 1.1.

On the 5 lug strip mounted by the 9 pin socket, the outer pair of terminals should measure around 75V DC with the amp running, the inner pair of terminals should be around 175V DC with the amp running, and the middle terminal sits at 0V.

On the 5 lug strip mounted to the octal socket, the outer terminals should be 0V, the inner pair of terminals will be roughly 100V, and the middle terminal 0V.

This is about all of the information that you would get out of the manuals.  You're also missing the fuse holder, but the fuse looks to be installed at least.
Paul "PB" Birkeland

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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2021, 06:11:10 PM »
Thanks very much, that's good to know.

However, I'd still like a copy of the manual if possible -- I'm fairly new to the hobby but I'm already hooked on mods & DIY and I'm trying to learn how the circuitry works and such. Is there someone I could ask?

(And is there some way I can get a replacement fuse holder?)

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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2021, 05:42:09 AM »
You can contact replacementparts(at)bottlehead(dot)com about purchasing a replacement manual and a new fuse holder.
Paul "PB" Birkeland

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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2021, 01:14:40 PM »
Thanks very much!

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Re: Need to identify version and get manual for used Crack + Speedball
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2021, 01:29:49 PM »
Did you get this amp sorted out? Looking at the pics I'm not seeing solder on the resistors on the speedball circuit boards. If I were you I'd re-solder ever joint on the amp.
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