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General Discussion => TECH TALK => Topic started by: Orange993 on October 01, 2018, 10:00:39 AM

Title: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: Orange993 on October 01, 2018, 10:00:39 AM
Hi,

i need the wide ribbon cable for a parker fly deluxe pre refined. has anybody an idea where to get one? i know it´s difficult but maybe somebody has an idea?

Thank you very much!

Best regards

Dirk
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: dspiffy on October 01, 2018, 12:26:44 PM
I looked around for one myself and couldnt find anything.  I ended up repairing mine.

However there are a lot of advantages to converting to point to point and the graphtech system.

Or you could simply unsolder the ribbon cable connector from the board and solder wires in place.  Messy, but it would work.
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: Big Swifty on October 01, 2018, 07:32:08 PM
The ribbons are no longer in production, haven't been for a long time.

Best bet is putting out a call on the various Facebook/forum pages.

You can replace the ribbon with wires as suggested, but getting the connector off is a b*tch, easiest is to leave the connector in place and solder the wires to the bottom/underneath of the board.

B.S.
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: Paul Marossy on October 02, 2018, 09:25:23 AM
I looked around for one myself and couldnt find anything.  I ended up repairing mine.

However there are a lot of advantages to converting to point to point and the graphtech system.

Or you could simply unsolder the ribbon cable connector from the board and solder wires in place.  Messy, but it would work.

Not all of us think that the original Fishman board stinks.  ;)
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: billy on October 02, 2018, 10:55:49 AM
I still have a "cheater" semi-rigid flex design on my very long to do list. 

The idea is a very short ribbon with a stiff part at the end which plugs into the pcb but allows a point to point hybrid approach to connecting off pcb components.   Ideally this approach could also provide a little flexibility to minor wiring variations too.

If there's enough interest, I could try and move this higher up the list and maybe do a "group buy" to get some made at a flex pcb supplier.
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: Big Swifty on October 02, 2018, 06:25:46 PM
I still have a "cheater" semi-rigid flex design on my very long to do list. 

The idea is a very short ribbon with a stiff part at the end which plugs into the pcb but allows a point to point hybrid approach to connecting off pcb components.   Ideally this approach could also provide a little flexibility to minor wiring variations too.

If there's enough interest, I could try and move this higher up the list and maybe do a "group buy" to get some made at a flex pcb supplier.

Now there's a good idea!..

B.S.
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: Orange993 on October 04, 2018, 05:03:39 AM
I still have a "cheater" semi-rigid flex design on my very long to do list. 

The idea is a very short ribbon with a stiff part at the end which plugs into the pcb but allows a point to point hybrid approach to connecting off pcb components.   Ideally this approach could also provide a little flexibility to minor wiring variations too.

If there's enough interest, I could try and move this higher up the list and maybe do a "group buy" to get some made at a flex pcb supplier.

Thanks. I´m interested in. Really good idea. 

orange993
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: billy on October 10, 2018, 11:59:03 AM
maybe sometime in the next two months I can get something quoted.
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: marvin jensen on October 17, 2018, 09:56:03 AM
If possible just trace the path of the ribbon  and solder a small wire from one point to the other, bypassing the connector (ony needs to be done on the faulty "line"
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: Paul Marossy on October 17, 2018, 11:57:31 AM
If possible just trace the path of the ribbon  and solder a small wire from one point to the other, bypassing the connector (ony needs to be done on the faulty "line"

If you're really good, you can even possibly scrape off the plastic between the two broken points and solder a short piece of resistor lead between those two points... but that all depends on the nature of the failure.
Title: Re: Ribbon Cable needes
Post by: joedreamliner787 on December 19, 2018, 07:50:01 PM
I looked around for one myself and couldnt find anything.  I ended up repairing mine.

However there are a lot of advantages to converting to point to point and the graphtech system.

Or you could simply unsolder the ribbon cable connector from the board and solder wires in place.  Messy, but it would work.

Not all of us think that the original Fishman board stinks.  ;)

Agreed. The orignal Fishman preamp was tailored to the fly and lends enormous character to the crystal clear chime goodness of the Piezo sound. I have the acoustiphonic in my 7 string dragonfly and heard it in an 08 model and it just doesn't sound good to me. I keep orignal electronics in my prefined flys. That sound great as is and I haven't had anything fail beside a jack which is easy to replace. You just need to be careful. Point to point allows for noise. My original fly guitars are incredibly silent.