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alpha pots/mono jacks alternative store in europe?
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oppositaer
hello my dears!

it's been a while since i was able finish my first diy builds and now i spent all my alpha pots and audio jacks.. i did my first order once at thonk but they are in some way expensive, furthermore the shipment to italy takes way too long..

i was wondering if there is any alternative shop in continental europe where to find'em..

just for the instance have a look at Thonk Alpha pots just to avoid mistakes help
aabbcc
https://www.musikding.de/

https://www.banzaimusic.com/

Both located in Germany!

Otherwise check if arrow.com has them, they have free shipping (to sweden it only takes a few days) and no minimum order value required Dead Banana
papz
Banzai - and Musikding in a lesser extent - are well-known for listing items they don't have in stock and lying about their actual availability on their website. Backorders can last for months and the customer is informed only after payment is done, when they do the partial shipping.
This is not fair and why I no longer buy from them after many bad experiences. Asking for confirmation of the actual current availability before purchasing is highly recommended.

Although I live in EU, I prefer to order from Small Bear. On bulk purchases the price is similar to Banzai's and Musikding's, including shipping and import fees. Delivery is often even faster despite they are in US because Banzai and Musikding take their time, when they don't simply forget to ship your order. Dead Banana
Boogie
Mainly experience with Banzai-Music
Quote:
Banzai - and Musikding in a lesser extent - are well-known for listing items they don't have in stock and lying about their actual availability on their website. Backorders can last for months and the customer is informed only after payment is done.
+1
aabbcc
Boogie wrote:
Mainly experience with Banzai-Music
Quote:
Banzai - and Musikding in a lesser extent - are well-known for listing items they don't have in stock and lying about their actual availability on their website. Backorders can last for months and the customer is informed only after payment is done.
+1


I guess I've lucked out then, my 10+orders where always in stock just as stated and shipped fast we're not worthy
Bodo1967
papz wrote:
Banzai - and Musikding in a lesser extent - are well-known for listing items they don't have in stock and lying about their actual availability on their website. Backorders can last for months and the customer is informed only after payment is done, when they do the partial shipping.
This is not fair and why I no longer buy from them after many bad experiences.


+1 as well.

Boogie wrote:
Mainly experience with Banzai-Music


Musikding in my case.
oppositaer
price look quiet similar at first sight but i might have a better look before.. good thing is 19 % VAT included.. italan vat is around 22 % !! very frustrating
GilgaFrank
Bitsbox have Alpha pots, I've ordered from them lots of times and never once had items on backorder. If it's on the website then they have it in stock.

https://www.bitsbox.co.uk/
l3v3l6
I don't know what the shipping costs and time would be to Italy, but I generally order my pots from Tayda. They have a pretty good selection of Alpha pots.
l3v3l6
I don't know what the shipping costs and time would be to Italy, but I generally order my pots from Tayda. They have a pretty good selection of Alpha pots.
backfromearth
I used to buy the long plastic pots from musikding without having delivery problems, but now I buy them from modular addicted because they have good prices on plastic AND metal pots. Delivery to belgium is more or less 2 weeks depending if the package is kept at the customs office confused
shipping is cheap

Try to stay under 40 € to avoid paying taxes (20 € fixed fees + 0.21 %. angry )
oppositaer
I finally chose to buy some linear pots at Tayda, they are quiet similar to the alpha pots at Thonk at a first glance but I had issues with the two fastening legs when mounting them in Erica Synths PCBs! These legs do not match with the corresponding holes as they are bigger.. So I had to cut these legs and keep pots loose..

It is not the best deal but another idea is: cut these legs and then resolder smaller pieces of metal matching your PCB holes..

Another alternative shop seeming to sell Alpha pots is Munichen Audio but I still have to make an order from them.. Any experience?

Cheers
kassu
In my experience the Alpha pots from Thonk and Tayda seem identical, except for the anti-rotation tag which is removed in Thonk's supply. Perhaps the footprint is just a bit small on the PCB in question?
ishi
I still buy them 100+ at Thonk. Delivery in a few days to mainland Europe. Price with current valuta rates seems to be on par with Tayda (1,14 euro vs 1,15 euro excl. VAT). But with Thonk it's much quicker, helpful Brits and no risk at extra import tariffs. Or does Tayda also do quantum discount?
infinitemachinery
ishi wrote:
I still buy them 100+ at Thonk. Delivery in a few days to mainland Europe. Price with current valuta rates seems to be on par with Tayda (1,14 euro vs 1,15 euro excl. VAT). But with Thonk it's much quicker, helpful Brits and no risk at extra import tariffs. Or does Tayda also do quantum discount?



I recently bought quantities of jacks from Thonk. Shipping cost to US is almost the same as domestic price and no VAT. I didn't know or explore the fact that they sell Alpha pots. I'll have to buy my next batch from Thonk, as their quantity price beats Tayda.
solaranus
I mostly use uk-electronic (based in Germany, UK is initials of the owner). Cheaper than Musikding or Banzai and they always ship the next day. Although now checking it again, I guess that's for Germany. They ship international twice a week.

They also sell Thonkiconn jacks (PJ398SM) somehow cheaper than Thonk for low quantities.
stoiker
solaranus wrote:
I mostly use uk-electronic (based in Germany, UK is initials of the owner). Cheaper than Musikding or Banzai and they always ship the next day. Although now checking it again, I guess that's for Germany. They ship international twice a week.

They also sell Thonkiconn jacks (PJ398SM) somehow cheaper than Thonk for low quantities.


What I don't really like about UK is that he's sending out stuff in letters for less then the paid shipping costs. This might only be the case for small orders and only within Germany. Still cheaper then other places anyway.

I've never had problems with Musikding. I remeber a pedal kit where something was missing, but I got the missing part only a few days later.
oppositaer
kassu wrote:
In my experience the Alpha pots from Thonk and Tayda seem identical, except for the anti-rotation tag which is removed in Thonk's supply. Perhaps the footprint is just a bit small on the PCB in question?


yes! tayda pots are identical except for the bigger leg.. anyway I mind about those with the plastic cap NOT the metal one!

here some photo of the results on a Yusynth S&H module adapted for Eurorack



as you can see i cut the legs.. it is not a big issue for me.. i try to tweak 'em quietly when i can hihi
the only annoying thing is that i cannot screw nuts on these plastic pots.. there is no way to attach them to the panel and this makes the whole module a bit loose.. hopefully jacks help!

also had some problem to find easily PJ301BM jacks(those with TWO ground legs).. i adapted some Thonkiconn (PJ398SM) jack and had no problem even when I left the second ground hole unpopulated! as you can see on the photos below the ground leg is cut and substituted with a scrap leg from resistor..
so basically you can adapt Thonkiconn jack whenever you are asked to use PJ301BM..



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