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Gaugemaster Q 4 Track Controller

Gaugemaster Q 4 Track controller

Brian sent in this question:

“I just bought a Gaugemaster Q 4 Track controller. When I switch it on makes a buzzing sound. Is this normal?
Thanks. Brian.”

6 Responses to Gaugemaster Q 4 Track Controller

  • Briansays:

    yes that is normal


      De par mon expérience, le son vient du transformateur parce qu’il est de moindre qualité. Ce problème vient des lamelles de métal mal collées entre elles avec le vernis…

      • Robert Andersonsays:

        Excuse me if I get this wrong, but in English Pierre said:

        From my experience, the sound comes from the transformer because it is of lower quality. This problem comes from the slats of metal badly stuck together with the varnish.

  • Kevin Aldridgesays:

    A low electrical hum is normal for this model but an actual buzz I would call unusual. It may pay to get it checked by a qualified electrical person or the retailer it was purchased from. Usually a buzz from a transformer is a sign of loose plates, sometimes an easy fix but at other times not so easy to fix.

  • Kevin Aldridgesays:

    Further to above,I do not know where you are or even what country you are in but FYI Gaugemaster products have a lifetime guarantee on a “return to base” basis. They will fix and return to you at no charge (even if you bought it secondhand). So Email them and see what they say. I would then weigh up the cost of getting it back to them as compared to getting it fixed locally, (if it needs to be fixed that is).

  • Frank Bsays:

    A slight hum is normal from a transformer, but as previously mentioned, a distinct buzz can indicate loose transformer core plates. This is a nuisance, but not dangerous.

    Only if you are electrically competent to take apart mains equipment, the loose plates can be firmly fixed by applying a coat of varnish to hold them.

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