- Jun 16, 2017
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You can find higher tolerance pots, sure, I'm quite fond of buying 525KΩ ±5% CTS pots from Art of Tone for builds.There's CTS pots and there's CTS pots, of course. Some are a tighter tolerance than others, I believe. Also matching the values in one set might be important, I don't know.
Key word: builds. I'm generally not swapping pots for the sake of swapping pots - there's usually a more elaborate plan where a clean sheet is preferred. Paying customers get what paying customers want, but since all of them are friends / referrals they get stuff explained to them first.
For my work, and if I'm buying parts for someone I like using pots on the hotter side of the spectrum, and with those I know I'm getting at least 500K. It satisfies an itch to give at least stated spec. Having said that, a ±20% 500KΩ pot can have the same resistance as a 525KΩ ±5% but it's generally more a matter of sorting than a quality concern.
Not as much as you'd think. I put the hotter ones on volume duty while the cooler ones go on tone patrol. It makes sense to me, and I'm doing the work slowly and patiently. I'm not on a 50's / 60's production line at F or G grabbing pots out of a bin for assembly - back then you got what you got.Also matching the values in one set might be important, I don't know.
Edit: Some quick internet searching shows that some of those Centralabs pots were up to ±30%
Ok. Testing is never a bad thing.If I get bored enough I'll get the multimeter out and test them all.
Never.Don't hold your breath waiting though...