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UPS sent me an email stating that I have a package from Martin scheduled to be delivered tomorrow (May 17). However, I have a sneaky feeling that it is just an automated email based on the original estimated arrival date. I will be pleasantly surprised if it does show up tomorrow, but I'm not holding my breath.

UPS has changed its tracking site. The customer gets FAR less information than before. It simply says, "On the way" and then the ESTIMATED arrival date. There's no way to see the package's progress. I have no idea if it has even left Spain yet.

It's as if UPS figured out that they REALLY suck at package delivery, so instead of giving the customer SOME information, they'll just keep the customer in the dark as long as possible.

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UPS has changed its tracking site. The customer gets FAR less information than before.
It simply says, "On the way" and then the ESTIMATED arrival date. There's no way to see the package's progress.


I noticed that too 😠 very bad tracking information, doesn't help at all 👎

Use this link and you get more infos: https://www.17track.net/en
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Thanks Olaf, that link seems to confirm that mine should be delivered today.
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UPS tracking shows that my replacement Switch Board is out for delivery today! Smile

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My replacement Switch Board arrived. I programmed in a 7 effect routine and I've now run through that routine about a dozen times. Everything is working perfectly!

The replacement board has a slightly different battery holder (compared to the original board) and it's a little bit easier to get the battery out of the new holder. An improvement, IMHO. Thank you, Martin!

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On May 17, 2021, Magic Mark wrote:

The replacement board has a slightly different battery holder (compared to the original board) and it's a little bit easier to get the battery out of the new holder. An improvement, IMHO. Thank you, Martin!

Mark


Can you post before and after pictures of the most identifiable difference between the original board and the fixed board? It is the battery holder or something else? This would help folks buying used ones make sure they are not getting sold the original static-sensitive design version.

Thanks!
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The revised Switch Board is easily distinguishable from the original design. My revised board was shipped without the Ideaa Lab sticker on the bottom. The bottom of the revised board has been changed to include an Ideaa Lab logo without the need for a holographic sticker. But, Ideaa Lab supplied several of the stickers in the box, so the customer can apply one if he/she wants. Therefore, the presence of the sticker is not a good indicator.

What the revised Switch Board has that is not found on the original board is some + traces at 5 points on the underside of the board. The five places are the bottom battery solder pad, and center solder pads on each of the four switches. I've added arrows to those spots in this photo.

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A MUCH larger version of that photo: https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WDnc......cGF4.jpg

I assume these + traces were added to ground those five solder pads to each other and, thus, eliminate the static electricity issue. The test board I received also has those little extra + traces. Frankly, I never noticed. It wasn't until I started comparing the original board to the final revised board that I noticed the change.


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What the revised Switch Board has that is not found on the original board is
some + traces at 5 solder points on the underside of the board


And on the revisited SB version the solder points look cleaner and more uniform
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What the revised Switch Board has that is not found on the original board is some + traces at 5 points on the underside of the board. The five places are the bottom battery solder pad, and center solder pads on each of the four switches. I've added arrows to those spots in this photo.

A MUCH larger version of that photo: https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WDnc......cGF4.jpg
Mark


Thank you so much Mark for the super clear description and huge picture identifying the differences! Hopefully those looking to buy used versions in the future can use this to identify which version they are getting.

I have an order in for a new version but I often buy used backup copies of effects I use regularly (and I expect to use this regularly if I can duplicate my current switchboard routine). If the used one has a sticker, I may ask them to peel it off to demonstrate it is really the second generation version.
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On the revisited SB version the solder points look cleaner and more uniform


Must correct my statement, the quality of the solder points often turns out quite different
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Comparing the 3 boards I have here (original, test and revised), I honestly don't see any significant difference between the solder joints. And I don't feel my photo above suggests any significant difference either. But that's just me.

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And I don't feel my photo above suggests any significant difference either. But that's just me.


Mark, the upper 2 solder rows of your picture show a clear difference

Use (+) https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WDnc......cGF4.jpg
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Hopefully mine ships soon, nothing yet. PS. Can someone message me the name of the facebook group?
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Eli, PM sent.

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Eli, PM sent.

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Thanks! Still waiting on mine to ship. Hopefully soon.
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What I like about the new layout is the better visibility of the connecting lines on top of the board

The button cell is now a little easier to remove, although I liked the previous battery holder better
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Elimagic wrote: Can someone message me the name of the Facebook group?

Magic Mark wrote:
Eli, PM sent.

Mark

Hi Mark- can you send me the name of the Facebook group too? I am also still waiting for mine to ship.

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Elimagic wrote: Can someone message me the name of the Facebook group?

Magic Mark wrote:
Eli, PM sent.

Mark

Hi Mark- can you send me the name of the Facebook group too? I am also still waiting for mine to ship.

Terry


PM sent
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I’ve also purchased the board but no indication about shipping yet. Can someone pm me the fb group?
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I’ve also purchased the board but no indication about shipping yet. Can someone pm me the fb group?


I haven’t been admitted to the group yet as they ask question that I don’t know because I don’t think mine has shipped yet. So I think we will need to wait to join the group more than likely.
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