Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed May 06, 2009 7:54 pm

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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (rickendelic) » Wed May 06, 2009 8:54 pm

I had an idea it'd probably be someone from here. :)

apparently you can use replacement pins
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (ric330) » Wed May 06, 2009 9:17 pm

Sure you can go down to the hardware and probably buy something that would fit right in BUT when I did the conversion
I wanted to retain the same material for the pole pieces hence - cut off the heads.
Does it make a difference :?: , I'll know soon as I'm doing another one and I'm going to test replacement pins with cut off originals.
I really liked the sound of the pickup stock which is why I tried to utilize those original pins - just cut them off - with the toaster covers and got great results. :D
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (rickendelic) » Wed May 06, 2009 10:46 pm

I'm looking forward to that report :wink:
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (loverickbass) » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:41 pm

Anyone know what size screws are used as polepieces? How about dimensions too?

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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (loverickbass) » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:59 pm

WoW thanks John, I didn't even think to look there for some reason.
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (johnallg) » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:04 pm

loverickbass wrote:WoW thanks John, I didn't even think to look there for some reason.

I couldn't remember the thread size so it was easier to link to the actual screw. :)
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (ken_j) » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:09 am

#8-32. The length for the adjustable pole pieces can be 0.500" but for the older pickups with the push pins the length needs to be 0.400". I just do them all at 0.400". I found if you go too long the pickup output is decreased.
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (loverickbass) » Thu May 02, 2013 7:54 pm

I got 1/2 inch 8-32 set screws finally but when I went to install them I'm running into some resistance the lower they go. Can that set flush with the bobbin top or do they have to be raised a bit. I don't want to break the magnet off.

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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (ken_j) » Thu May 02, 2013 9:14 pm

loverickbass wrote:I got 1/2 inch 8-32 set screws finally but when I went to install them I'm running into some resistance the lower they go. Can that set flush with the bobbin top or do they have to be raised a bit. I don't want to break the magnet off.

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They need to be flush with the top of the bobbin in order for the toaster cover to fit. I prefer using a screw with a head approximately the diameter of the original poles but counter sunk into the bobbin. The set screws will have a narrow magnetic focus.
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (j.alderton) » Fri May 03, 2013 8:33 am

I've always loved the look of the Toastes, and I've performed this hi-gain conversion on my Fireglo 330/6 with excellent results. I used 8-32 socket screws that I found at my hardware store to replace the pole pieces and they worked perfectly. I removed the magnet with a gentle pry and installed them from the bottom - similar to the instructions contained in this very helpful thread - so that the blunt (i.e. flat, non-socketed) end was flush with the top of the bobbin. I then re-glued the magnet with a few, thin beads of super glue. I've been really pleased with how it turned out, and I'm soon to do the same with my Mapleglo 330/12.
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (loverickbass) » Fri May 03, 2013 12:52 pm

Surely I should be able to go lower than this without mucking with the magnet?
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (8mileshigher) » Fri May 03, 2013 2:43 pm

loverickbass wrote:I got 1/2 inch 8-32 set screws finally but when I went to install them I'm running into some resistance the lower they go. Can that set flush with the bobbin top or do they have to be raised a bit. I don't want to break the magnet off.
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Cole , you need to have shorter screw sizes to accommodate/offset the distance or depth of the countersink you have drilled in the plastic. This happened to me when I Toasterized my High Gains on the WB and I almost broke the magnet, when tightening down on the screws, before realizing :? I had to replace the screws with ones 1/8th of an inch shorter or so, to compensate for the countersink depth.
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Re: Toaster covers on HiGains W/ adj. pole pieces

Postby (loverickbass) » Fri May 03, 2013 4:00 pm

That's what I kinda figured. Thanks for the info guys!
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