24 September 2010

Serious Metal Job on Sony DPS Series

Recently I bought this very nice set of Sony DPS Effect Processors. I found them all in one batch. The Sony DPS-D7 is a very nice delay, the DPS-R7 a very good reverb, the DPS-M7 is a modulator and the DPS-F7 is a Filter unit that also does EQ, compression and limiting. If you see them in this picture they look quite OK, but they didn't arrive in this state unfortunately. I think the courier that transported them ran over them with a truck or dropped them from a flat or something.

Well this was the state they arrived in. You can probably imagine how I felt when I took them out of the box. The stuff was packed in bubble plastic, so normally you would suspect it should withstand some handling. But this must have been hit with a tremendous amount of force by a blunt object. The front panels are made of aluminum so I can imagine that they bend easily, but behind the rack ears is some steel reinforcement. And they were bent as well. The first thing I did is take them off. I had to apply a lot of force to bend them to 90 degrees again.

After that I completely took them apart so that I could remove the front panels. Then with a soft hammer I worked on the aluminum to bend it straight again. That worked out quite OK. The only thing you see now it that the paint is gone is some places. But in this pictures up close with flash it looks way worse that you would normally see. But I'm going to try to use some black paint to fill up the spots. But after reassembling and checking everything on the inside was in one piece I focused first on another thing. Testing! I was very curious if everything still worked. And you won't believe it no problems at all :) Sony build these things like a tank I guess. After this I contacted the E-bay seller and showed him the pictures. He was not happy, well neither am I. He is trying to get the damage paid by the courier. We'll see what happens. Thanks mr. Courier. Oh Parcel Force is the name ;) Don't use them!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Parcel FORCE... hoe toepasselijk!
Lekkere toko wel.

Synth.nl said...

Ja heel fijn :)

Peter Maizitis said...

That and UPS but that said I've problems with Fedex and USPS as well ... UPS has an infamous 15 foot drop at their Cleveland facility that they drop packages off from. Their claims service is unfriendly and nonexistent.
I have had so many packages arrive damaged. One idiot claims adjuster told me to use take over pliers to bend back the rack ears on a Marshall monoboc 9200 they destroyed. Was more concerned with illegally going through my studio without my permission than actually helping. Worst than crooked Allstate adjusters.
I found that using the small end of a large wood clamp worked great ... however I would have given up if my units arrived like your's. Great job on fixing these since aluminum has a tendency to crack when bent back. These carriers could care less! Had one UPS guy drop a package off his truck and blatantly say it was OK. Rare tube tone generator ... the whole front panel was smashed out. I was sick ... what a bastard! They should dock pay from these guys ... oh wait ... they can't ... the UPS union would file a grievance.

Peter Maizitis said...

That and UPS but that said I've problems with Fedex and USPS as well ... UPS has an infamous 15 foot drop at their Cleveland facility that they drop packages off from. Their claims service is unfriendly and nonexistent.
I have had so many packages arrive damaged. One idiot claims adjuster told me to use take over pliers to bend back the rack ears on a Marshall monoboc 9200 they destroyed. Was more concerned with illegally going through my studio without my permission than actually helping. Worst than crooked Allstate adjusters.
I found that using the small end of a large wood clamp worked great ... however I would have given up if my units arrived like your's. Great job on fixing these since aluminum has a tendency to crack when bent back. These carriers could care less! Had one UPS guy drop a package off his truck and blatantly say it was OK. Rare tube tone generator ... the whole front panel was smashed out. I was sick ... what a bastard! They should dock pay from these guys ... oh wait ... they can't ... the UPS union would file a grievance.