A story of one Company’s failure to create an entire series of un-fixable pedals. The TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Switch ReplacementSo, I got back from the gig and uncovered my pedalboard to find that my beloved Hall of Fame Reverb pedal had a switch that had imploded into itself. Whether by chance or by force, this pedal couldn’t be activated in any case.
A little research on the google and I found not just one, but hundreds of examples of faithful customers of TC Electronics who had similar problems. Upon inquiry to the company, many pedal owners were told that they would end up paying 80-90% of the pedal’s original cost in order to service them. Which meant that I need to get rid of my other TC Electronics pedals in my stable as well, and quick. Bye-bye Flashback X4 and Polytune. To be replaced by the industry standard FET switching of a Boss DD-3, DD-7, and TU-3. Prince can’t be all wrong, can he?
Switches should be easily replaced, right?
The internal layout of the pedal might have had you thinking that was true!
Thinking that the ease of replacing a switch would match the ease of use of the Toneprint series, I dove into the pedal, hoping to replace it myself. I opened it up, and realized that I would have to desolder the terminals from the PCB board. Problem was, that any overheating of the terminals would create a mess for the microscopic leads that connected the circuit to the switch via said PCB board. And the switch was a TIGHT fit…
I’m guessing I overheated the terminals. After installing the replacement switch (Latching, PCB mounted DPDT), I couldn’t resurrect the HOF.
So I sent this to my buddy Charlie at Random Affects, with much sadness, we called it what it was… a brick.
The sounds of this pedal were stellar, build quality was fair-to-middling’ as far as pedals are concerned.
But the switches…seriously. The Danish are brighter than this, right?
If you would like to roll the dice, get your TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb today!