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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring second speaker for Bachmann on: April 24, 2018, 10:31:22 AM
 Huh?
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Wiring second speaker for Bachmann on: April 20, 2018, 06:55:19 PM
I have a Alco RS 3 that I want to add a second speaker to for better sound. I am using  my DDA40X as a reference since it is also a sound value diesel .Bachmann wires the speakers 2- 8 ohm in parallel right from the factory that gives it  4 ohms. This contradicts what Soundtraxx recommends for Tsumani, in that if it were a Soundtraxx Tsumani they recommend wiring 2-- 8 OHM speakers in series . Now Being that this is a Sound Value RS 3 . Is it safe to wire the second speaker in parallel the same as the dda40x is wired since it is of the same sound value product????OR should it be wired like a Tsumani like Soundtraxx recommends for Tsumani 8 OHM speakers in series ???May be one for the Bachmann Maybe?Thanks

Jon
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: PR4 /JMRI question? on: April 20, 2018, 08:14:39 AM
Thanks Hunt,
Looks close to what I need. Be nice to be able to get into all the decoders to read them all. Mechanics  these days use scan tools to communicate with the onboard computers in vehicles since they all have them . In the aftermarket they can get the software to get into them to read back values with their scan tool ,but the aftermarket does not get all the information to read back since the software allowing them access is limited in ways that only the manufacturer or its dealers are allowed to have access to .Seems the same is going on here with model train control. I noticed JMRI only has CV'S in their list say for Soundtraxx that's basically the list on their site that I know has actually more. So there is no scanner or software available that can actually read them? That is what I thought JMRI was ,but it seems it is not.
 Jon
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: dcc on board vs. sound value on: April 19, 2018, 09:26:14 PM
Sad to say that DCC onboard decoder is gerring known for not even having the ability to run with a Sound Vaue loco very easy. Should ,but one is pretty new technology and the other is what 30 years old in a new package. May be time for a change.

Jon
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / PR4 /JMRI question? on: April 19, 2018, 09:17:41 PM
Was thinking about stepping up and getting computerized with my railroad to do some programming the easy way with JMRI and decided to go with the Digitrax PR4 since the Dynamis system is not capable Yet to have a PC interface. Seems it is a good economical way to go. Anybody use the PR3 or the new PR4? If so .Does it have the ability to give full read back of what is set on the decoder with the interface ? I am looking for something that shows what is set and then go from there with the programming. I have not really found a answer through the manuals on how this actually works, Any ideas/ comments would be appreciated. Thanks,
Jon
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Swapping Body shells on steam and diesel models on: April 13, 2018, 04:35:48 PM
Answer to your question abut the gp 38 and gp 40 do share the same frame if they are non sound models and the sound models share the same frame ,but differ from the non sound models.

Jon
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Baldwin 4-6-0 82302 motor low resistance on: April 02, 2018, 11:10:46 PM
You mean stall current of the motor? If your drawing 1 amp with no sound unloaded that is too high for a modern loco with can motor unless your running a die cast BIG BOY or something large and heavy. Normal current draw is around 1/2 amp even less at slow speed for a modern can motor. Suggest giving it a lube and retest.Do you know how to do a peak stall current test? 
 
Jon
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: dcc on board vs. sound value on: April 02, 2018, 08:49:23 PM
We all have our favorites since there are so many good options offered. I just got the  TSU 2 ALCO and it seems every prime mover has to be EQ-ed out differently to get the right sound for the sound file they use ,but they are just fantastic adjusted out with the speaker combo I have in the C630. Just needs to billow black smoke out once in a wile. Have to admit with the right speakers and enclosures the sound value decoders have some good pop/punch/rumble to them good pitch/tone ,but why no brake. I would trade the auto bell in a second for auto brakes. Then they would have the minimum sounds that make them go ,stop and warning sounds. Without the brake it' s operating sounds incomplete.Just my opinion . Have a few of them.

Jon
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DDA40X 6936 ever?? For the Bachmann on: April 02, 2018, 08:28:39 PM
Thanks, May be a way to get around licensing or something of that nature to just sell the number boards to keep the cost down if that is an issue.
Jon Grin
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: April 02, 2018, 08:10:28 PM
Couldn't you speak to someone there that can handle you just sending in the broken mech without the shell and leave the tender at home. Take a pic of it and send it to them Huh?

Jon
 
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: dcc on board vs. sound value on: March 31, 2018, 10:54:41 AM
Iíve had several engines like that.  The issue is all the decoder.  Replace the stock decoder with a nice Tsunami 2,  youíll never regret it.  
A ST Economi is a better sound decoder recommendation for the budget .Has 12 functions plus a light and switching mode motor control and great horns. Tsumani 2 is the Cadillac of the Soundtraxx sound decoders that carries the highest price. Economi also offers GE,EMD and ALCO prime movers on the same decoder at a great 65 dollar price point the same as the Sound value sound decoder ,but the Sound value does offer that great ALCO 539T prime mover that is not on the ST Economi sound decoder. I compared both TSU2 and Sound Value prime mover 539t and the Sound Value seems just as good with a cube speaker,but sadly is missing the start up ,fans compressors,brakes and all that ,but has just as good motor control for slow speed tuning if you know how to adjust it.

Jon
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: recommended 8 pin decoder for s2/s4 dcc ready locomotives on: March 30, 2018, 07:19:05 PM
If your going with the Sound Value get a Sugar cube speaker with a large enclosure. Sound is much better . A lot more bass and volume. The little stock speaker  does not show off the great sound that decoder is capable of at all until it is changed out for a sugar cube. Many vids on how this is done and the outcome is triple the volume and bass sound easy. Bet future runs will have one to replace the current one that is not bad ,but the cube speaker is plain great!

Jon
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Alco S4, replace window in cab on: March 30, 2018, 06:56:19 PM
Is challenging . More then other locos because of how the cab pins into the hood below the windows.   After everything is loose and unlocked the cab lifts up. I did not mention that.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / DDA40X 6936 ever?? For the Bachmann on: March 30, 2018, 05:12:49 PM
Hay Bachmann,
Will you ever release the DDA40X in the 6936 road number and paint scheme since it is the only active dd40ax as you call it, active? Or a set of your nice number boards so us modelers can make one a little easier . This would be a great help.Thanks

Jon
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-6-0 Valve gear motion. on: March 26, 2018, 06:23:55 PM
Roger ,
Mine did the same . Seems under a magnifier there is a tab and a notch set up o the ecentric crank that will go together and screw down out of alignment to where the 2 metal pieces do not sit flush and the screw that hold them together seems tight ,but is not because the tab and groove are not locked flat and bind to make it look like the screw is tight. I found if you still have the screw and put thing together loose and work the eccentric crank tab into its notch   crank wile turning the screw slowly to tighten and wiggling the pieces flat and flush they will tighten down all the way and not come apart. This is a good set up ,but the error was made in assembly . Good parts,bad build in that area. Fixed a few and have been good since.

Jon
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