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#1 Colin Donahue

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 06:41 PM

I have the Stanton Zoom Focus and the main cable connector on the unit is loose. I assume there is a locking nut on the inside, but I have to take it apart to get to it. I talked to Stanton and they said getting the thing back together once it is apart is pretty difficult because there is so much stuff in there. They reccomended I send it in. I have some jobs coming up and I hate to lose it for a week or so . Has anyone ever taken this thing apart and got it back together?

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#2 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 07:55 PM

Yes. I don't have it in front of me so I'm trying to remember the specifics. If I recall correctly, there are a couple of tiny screws on that plate that allow you to pull it off and away. The internal cabling is still attached so you can only pull it so far. But once you get that loose, you are able to shake the nut out and then screw it back on. It's been awhile since I did it so my memory on the details is a little loose too. :blink:

That thing is an infuriating design flaw that I know has been present for quite some time. :angry: I'm pretty sure I put a little locktite or something on it the last time I had it open. Without something, that nut will loosen up over and over again. :(

Good luck!
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#3 Colin Donahue

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:00 PM

Yes. I don't have it in front of me so I'm trying to remember the specifics. If I recall correctly, there are a couple of tiny screws on that plate that allow you to pull it off and away. The internal cabling is still attached so you can only pull it so far. But once you get that loose, you are able to shake the nut out and then screw it back on. It's been awhile since I did it so my memory on the details is a little loose too. :blink:

That thing is an infuriating design flaw that I know has been present for quite some time. :angry: I'm pretty sure I put a little locktite or something on it the last time I had it open. Without something, that nut will loosen up over and over again. :(

Good luck!


Brian,
I spoke with Stanton about an hour ago and they again warned me about taking the controller apart.
Did you have trouble putting it back together? There are some hex screws on the side and a couple of philips screws at the top near the connector. Which ones did you take out?

colin
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#4 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:29 PM

Yes. I don't have it in front of me so I'm trying to remember the specifics. If I recall correctly, there are a couple of tiny screws on that plate that allow you to pull it off and away. The internal cabling is still attached so you can only pull it so far. But once you get that loose, you are able to shake the nut out and then screw it back on. It's been awhile since I did it so my memory on the details is a little loose too. :blink:

That thing is an infuriating design flaw that I know has been present for quite some time. :angry: I'm pretty sure I put a little locktite or something on it the last time I had it open. Without something, that nut will loosen up over and over again. :(

Good luck!


Brian,
I spoke with Stanton about an hour ago and they again warned me about taking the controller apart.
Did you have trouble putting it back together? There are some hex screws on the side and a couple of philips screws at the top near the connector. Which ones did you take out?

colin


Unfortunately mine is locked up and I won't have a chance to look at it until this weekend...but if I'm remembering this right, I believe that the two screws (allens if I remember right) on the side are the ones which allow you to pull the top piece off. I think they are just tension screws. Really small, so be careful as you loosen them. Once the top is loose enough, you should be able to pull it out, though it probably takes a small flathead to pry it up.

I know they recommend not doing this, but because of their shoddy design, there really isn't any choice. If you don't and continue to plug that cable in, the danger is that the connections themselves will come apart and then it's gone from a screw fix to a sauder job.

If you can hold off til Saturday afternoon, I'll have the chance to take a look, but I'm pretty sure that it's the two set screws on the side. I'll be working most of Friday and Saturday, but give me a call if you need to. 818-326-3728
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