Knob and dial to upgrade your Shakespeare bust

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ChrisPappas
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Knob and dial to upgrade your Shakespeare bust

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I've developed an exact-replica metal dial to upgrade your Whiz Bang or Diamond Select Shakespeare bust.

Available on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/292127077469), or you can contact me directly.

For a limited time, I'm including the correct vintage knob with a dial purchase.

Chris
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Re: Knob and dial to upgrade your Shakespeare bust

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Hey Chris, welcome to our board.

Nice job on the research!
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Thanks, Ben! I'm very proud about how well these came out!

Chris
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They are really well made. Chris saved me from spending a hundred hours trying to find an original!!
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Thanks, Chuck! I appreciate the kind words!
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Just got mine, nice work!

Thanks.
Andy
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Re: Knob and dial to upgrade your Shakespeare bust

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Can this be used to turn on the switch that it would be replacing in the bust, or is it only ornamental? I have the plug in version with the light up bulb that can be used to turn on a light, etc.
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Thanks, Andy!

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The knob is meant to be mounted to an existing rotary switch.

Chris
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ChrisPappas wrote: Mon May 22, 2017 8:05 pm Thanks, Andy!

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The knob is meant to be mounted to an existing rotary switch.

Chris
So, I need to pull of the existing switch to see if it will work.
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Whatever you have, strip it down until there is just a hole. Insert a rotary switch (reuse original, if possible) add dial plate, add switch's nut to secure switch and dial, add knob and secure with set screw.
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Re: Knob and dial to upgrade your Shakespeare bust

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Unfortunately, you will have to replace the "whizzbang" bust switch as it doesn't have a stem which the new "chicken head" knob needs to work. There is a lot of work involved. The whole neckpiece has to come out to get access to the wiring and switch. The original switch looks something like this one: Image.

First, remove the two screws that hold the head to the hinge. Then the neck insert must be removed, it is a "cold cast" resin piece which is very fragile and has been heavily glued onto a cross-hatched "lip". It usually breaks in half when attempting removal because of the holes drilled for the switch and light. A little heat from a heat gun or hair dryer will help. I usually use a thin flat screwdriver to slowly and carefully pry up along the edge.

Good luck and be careful!

Andy
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Thanks for the info Andy. There is a really good chance that I will break it before I even get close, so I will leave it as is.
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My set has arrived, can't wait for the Diamond Select Shakespeare bust to be released, so I can put this in
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Re: Knob and dial to upgrade your Shakespeare bust

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Greatlakes6,

I was in no way trying to talk you out of this, you definitely want this knob and plate. It's spot on.

You can easily use the pieces (if it breaks) to make a template on thick styrene that you can get at most hobby store and replace the neck piece. I've done it a lot and if I can do it, anyone can.

Andy
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