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yarddog

Member Since 24 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 30 2015 11:07 AM
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Brent Foot Pedal--Ugh.

28 August 2015 - 08:23 AM

Last time I used a Brent was 20 years ago. Never had a problem with it. My students banged the hell out of it, and it seemed indestructible.
Just recently treated myself with the purchase of a new Brent C. Whoops, this one's a different story. The motor may be super, but the foot pedal really sucks. Depressing it a little does nothing...a little more, still nothing...then, zoom, off she goes. I try to slow it down just a little, and it stops. Try to coax it back to life--slow, please--whoosh. Race, stop, race, stop.
Amaco sent me a new controller for inside the pedal, which I replaced. Zero improvement. The piece ain't exactly a marvel of engineering...just cheap, flimsy plastic, about as solid as a child's toy.
Were these foot pedals always so temperamental, or has the quality of the Brents fallen off? I'm really kicking myself that I didn't stick with Shimpos...

Pacifica 800

15 July 2015 - 03:10 PM

Moving cross country to a new studio gives me an opportunity to dump the clunky old Shimpo and start with a new wheel. Have heard and read good things about the Pacifica 800s. Any reason not to buy one?
Thanks in advance.