Results 1 to 25 of 25

Thread: Krackle Killers™ - cleaning plugs for ¼” audio and musical instrument sockets

  1. #1
    Twobie
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    6
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1/0
    Given: 2/0
    Rep Power
    0

    Krackle Killers™ - cleaning plugs for ¼” audio and musical instrument sockets

    Hi Folks!
    My guess is this new product is likely to be of use to a fair few members here.

    Introducing Krackle Killers™ - the world’s first purpose-built cleaner plugs for ¼” audio and musical instrument sockets, as used in virtually all electric instruments, effects pedals, amplifiers, pieces of recording equipment and much, much more.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	in-use guitar half out.jpg 
Views:	29 
Size:	103.2 KB 
ID:	56688

    So, what do these Krackle Killers™ really do?

    Let’s start by stating the problem I sought to fix when I invented Krackle Killers:

    As we all know, open plug sockets allow dirt and corrosion to enter your instrument, amplifier or effects unit.
    The result is at minimum an eventually noisy socket, which produces unpleasant, crackly noises when a plug is inserted or moved around (say when you move your guitar and the lead moves within the instrument's output socket).

    At worst, it can result in a connection that produces frequent "crackles" or even becomes unreliable.

    This is especially so in the case of equipment fitted with an exhaust fan (the fan effectively turns the unit into a vacuum cleaner, sucking crud into the equipment, which once again settles on connector contacts).

    Enter Krackle Killers™ – the world’s first purpose-built cleaner plugs for ¼” audio and musical instrument sockets.

    Here’s a video where we demonstrate how Krackle Killers work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPj-...ature=youtu.be

    Simply moisten a Krackle Killer plug with quality electronic contact cleaner and insert it in the socket to be cleaned. Remove and re-insert it a number of times (the grimier the socket, the more applications might be needed).

    In seconds you’ve solved the age-old problem of how to clean your output/input sockets without having to either dismantle or damage them in the process!

    Don’t just take my word for it, though. I’d like to offer you a special introductory discount so you can secure a package of Krackle Killers™ and evaluate them for yourself.

    Just buy your Krackle Killers through the http://kracklekillers.com site to receive a $2 discount per packet enter the coupon code “FSVPFS2G” to receive the discount.

    So, what are you waiting for? Click here http://kracklekillers.com/shop to order your Krackle Killers™ cleaning plugs today!

    Thanks very much for your time – I hope once you’ve tried them that you will agree with me that Krackle Killers™ are indeed a great way to “silence the static” and keep your signal clean and clear.

    For further information, you’ll find our web-site at: https://www.kracklekillers.com

    Regards,
    David Benham
    CEO, Krackle Killers Inc.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  2. #2
    Lifetime Member Enzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    32,650
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 2,120/7
    Given: 0/0
    Rep Power
    55
    Good luck. It does directly address an actual need.

    I think it is cute the web site template was followed. TOP SELLER, FAN FAVORITE, NEW. all are the same thing.

    I use a Qtip myself.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Education is what you're left with after you have forgotten what you have learned.

  3. #3
    Master Destroyer nosaj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Pace, FL
    Posts
    3,329
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1,172/102
    Given: 166/36
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Good luck. It does directly address an actual need.

    I think it is cute the web site template was followed. TOP SELLER, FAN FAVORITE, NEW. all are the same thing.

    I use a Qtip myself.
    Me I just douse the jack with some CRC and use an guitar cable in/out about 20 times per jack.

    Many ways to skin a cat, but this method seems to be more a guitar center type product than a tech product.
    They do become pricey at $17 when shipped from Australia
    nosaj

    good luck with your product and don't forget Krack kills.

    2 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Binkie McFartnuggets‏:If we really wanted to know the meaning of life we would have fed Stephen Hawking shrooms a long time ago.

  4. #4
    Supporting Member mozz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    NEPA
    Posts
    842
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 200/1
    Given: 140/0
    Rep Power
    5
    Harbor freight

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image_24988.jpg 
Views:	25 
Size:	78.5 KB 
ID:	56690

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  5. #5
    Old Timer Leo_Gnardo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Dogpatch-on-Hudson
    Posts
    6,552
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1,563/21
    Given: 1,302/0
    Rep Power
    14
    World's first? Maybe the first that you know of Mr. Benham. Search back issues of Recording Engineer/Producer magazine, about 1980, you'll find ads for a similar product. The one offered back then was made of sintered metal (small grains pressed into a shape) and had a port through which solvent could be squirted. The grainy surface of the sintered metal made for a good scrubbing surface, and the pores between the metal grains allowed solvent to travel through, to wash away particles of, um... "crud," as you call it. "Schmutz" around these parts, "mung" in some other places.

    Those jack cleaning gadgets, never seen 'em since.

    So, it is nice to have such a product available after a 40 ish year absence. Meanwhile we have been struggling with wire brushes, bits of crocus cloth or 600 - 800 grit sandpaper rolled into a cylinder, perhaps other McGyvered solutions. And, there inevitably comes a time a hopelessly corroded jack simply must be replaced.

    Thanks for letting us know. Maybe you will rattle up some sales. I'm sure your offer will be welcomed by some MEFsters.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Last edited by Leo_Gnardo; 01-19-2020 at 04:14 PM.
    Enjoy. Every. Sandwich.

  6. #6
    Twobie
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    6
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1/0
    Given: 2/0
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Good luck. It does directly address an actual need.

    I think it is cute the web site template was followed. TOP SELLER, FAN FAVORITE, NEW. all are the same thing.

    I use a Qtip myself.
    Hi Enzo!
    Well spotted. Mind you, seeing as I only have one product at this point, it is indeed all of those things as regards my store's "product range".

    I'll see if I can figure out how to edit the template - as you've doubtless observed, I'm a bit crap with WordPress - I was much happier editing such things in Dreamweaver (or even Notepad) back in the day.

    As regards using a Qtip to clean sockets, I used to do the same, but found it tediously slow and not anywhere near as effective. Hence the Krackle Killers. Also, your wife's unlikely to steal them to do something make-up related.

    Regards,
    Dave

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  7. #7
    Twobie
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    6
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1/0
    Given: 2/0
    Rep Power
    0
    Hi Nosaj,
    Your method's fine, but in a surprising number of cases, I've seen persistent crud that survived many jack insertions/removals (with cleaner added) that then came away easily with a couple of insertions of a cleaner-soaked Krackle Killer.

    Good point re Guitar Center - these packages are literally intended for retail sale. If anyone wants to buy larger quantities without the packaging, then I can do MUCH better per-unit pricing. Just let me know how many you need!

    As regards the pricing, what do you think would be more reasonable? The discount brings it down to $7.95 + $7 Shipping, so $14.95 per packet delivered. Also, if you buy a couple of packs at a time, the shipping stays the same - so $7.95 + $7.95 + $7 Shipping = $22.90, therefore $11.45 per pack delivered.

    Thanks very much for the good wishes and your sound advice re Krack.

    Quote Originally Posted by nosaj View Post
    Me I just douse the jack with some CRC and use an guitar cable in/out about 20 times per pack.


    Many ways to skin a cat, but this method seems to be more a guitar center type product than a tech product.
    They do become pricey at $17 when shipped from Australia
    nosaj

    good luck with your product and don't forget Krack kills.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  8. #8
    Lifetime Member Enzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    32,650
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 2,120/7
    Given: 0/0
    Rep Power
    55
    I ran a pro shop for decades. I think your product is not really aimed at me, I think you are aiming more at the end user, like musicians. I have an arsenal at my elbow, soft brass brushes, the aforementioned Qtips, burnishers, the accumulated tool collection and chemistry set of 60 plus years of electronics. A lil bag of these in a guitar case can pay off for a single guy.

    Pricing? You gotta charge something, and shipping is shipping. I mean you could charge a penny for it and it still costs $8. So yeah, get Musicians Friend and Amazon to sell them for you. Selling a lone pack yourself seems prohibitive. (I know, easy for me to say...)

    At least here I think you will get honest reactions.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Education is what you're left with after you have forgotten what you have learned.

  9. #9
    Twobie
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    6
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1/0
    Given: 2/0
    Rep Power
    0
    Hi Mozz,
    Wire brushes will indeed remove grime and corrosion from the inside of a socket. They'll also be a good chance of removing any plating that might be on the bearing surfaces of the socket - therefore making it easier for crud to accumulate /stick in there in the future.

    It's entirely your call, of course, but I would rather not have to replace sockets any sooner than I absolutely have to.

    Note that back when I was buying cheap old instruments from pawnbrokers' auctions and then fixing them up for sale at a budget price, my preferred method of socket cleaning was to wrap some sandpaper around a small phillips-head screwdriver and swirl it in the socket.

    Got things working quickly, but doubtless shortened the working life of the socket dramatically. Thankfully I was selling the instruments cheap, so the buyers shouldn't have expected too much from them...

    Thanks for your input. Regards,
    Dave

    [QUOTE=mozz;548180]Harbor freight

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  10. #10
    Twobie
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    6
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1/0
    Given: 2/0
    Rep Power
    0
    Hi Leo_Gnardo, you've indeed got a point, as I do recall those metal plugs (yes, I'm a bit O-L-D myself).

    Mind you, I always saw them as more a fluid delivery system rather than an actual cleaner plug. Metal on metal = meh in my humble opinion. Also, did they DO them in 1/4"? I recall them in Bantam/TT size, but not 1/4".

    BTW, here's a modern version (stainless rather than sintered, as far as I can tell) - "Jackfield burnisher (By Vertigo)": https://www.canford.co.uk/JACKFIELD-BURNISHERS

    Note that each one costs well over USD$50 (and that they only do them in Bantam and B-Gauge - NOT 1/4").

    Nevertheless, I'll re-visit the line to make it more correct. Removing "Mung", eh? How about "scunge" (one of my personal favourites)?

    BTW, thanks very much to all - these comments of yours are helping me formulate an FAQ that I hope will cover off most questions folks have.

    Regards,
    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_Gnardo View Post
    World's first? Maybe the first that you know of Mr. Benham. Search back issues of Recording Engineer/Producer magazine, about 1980, you'll find ads for a similar product. The one offered back then was made of sintered metal (small grains pressed into a shape) and had a port through which solvent could be squirted. The grainy surface of the sintered metal made for a good scrubbing surface, and the pores between the metal grains allowed solvent to travel through, to wash away particles of, um... "crud," as you call it. "Schmutz" around these parts, "mung" in some other places.

    Those jack cleaning gadgets, never seen 'em since.

    So, it is nice to have such a product available after a 40 ish year absence. Meanwhile we have been struggling with wire brushes, bits of crocus cloth or 600 - 800 grit sandpaper rolled into a cylinder, perhaps other McGyvered solutions. And, there inevitably comes a time a hopelessly corroded jack simply must be replaced.

    Thanks for letting us know. Maybe you will rattle up some sales. I'm sure your offer will be welcomed by some MEFsters.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  11. #11
    Supporting Member mozz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    NEPA
    Posts
    842
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 200/1
    Given: 140/0
    Rep Power
    5
    If i'm using a brass brush, it's 1, 2 done. I know what plating is and i know it's purpose. What also works is a gun cleaning bronze or brass brush, you have many sizes to choose from. If i'm working on a very old amp, no chemical is going to clean the inside sleeve corrosion, you need mechanical abrasion.

    As was said, it's aimed at the musician or his roadie tech who wants a quick fix.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  12. #12
    Master Destroyer nosaj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Pace, FL
    Posts
    3,329
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1,172/102
    Given: 166/36
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by KrackleKiller View Post
    Hi Leo_Gnardo, you've indeed got a point, as I do recall those metal plugs (yes, I'm a bit O-L-D myself).

    Mind you, I always saw them as more a fluid delivery system rather than an actual cleaner plug. Metal on metal = meh in my humble opinion. Also, did they DO them in 1/4"? I recall them in Bantam/TT size, but not 1/4".

    BTW, here's a modern version (stainless rather than sintered, as far as I can tell) - "Jackfield burnisher (By Vertigo)": https://www.canford.co.uk/JACKFIELD-BURNISHERS

    Note that each one costs well over USD$50 (and that they only do them in Bantam and B-Gauge - NOT 1/4").

    Nevertheless, I'll re-visit the line to make it more correct. Removing "Mung", eh? How about "scunge" (one of my personal favourites)?

    BTW, thanks very much to all - these comments of yours are helping me formulate an FAQ that I hope will cover off most questions folks have.

    Regards,
    Dave
    1/4 vertigo burnisher https://daleproaudio.com/products/ve...urnishing-tool
    nosaj

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Binkie McFartnuggets‏:If we really wanted to know the meaning of life we would have fed Stephen Hawking shrooms a long time ago.

  13. #13
    Old Timer Leo_Gnardo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Dogpatch-on-Hudson
    Posts
    6,552
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1,563/21
    Given: 1,302/0
    Rep Power
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by KrackleKiller View Post
    yes, I'm a bit O-L-D myself. - - - Removing "Mung", eh? How about "scunge" (one of my personal favourites)?
    O-L-D ? You bet! Old enough to have co-written the first published report on ScUNGe, along with a couple of fellow chemistry & physics students, around 1970. Scandium Uranium Nitrogen Germanium. One of the most perfidious pollutants you could ever imagine. And this was in New Jersey, where "crud" is just the tip of the pollution iceberg, so to speak. Same group* discovered the microflotz particle, which CERN seems to have picked up on nearly 50 years later, they call it the Higgs boson. Densest in the family of subatomic particles, and almost totally nonreactive. We found ours after a series of experiments, sitting in the bottom of a cloud chamber we made out of a castaway aquarium tank. Sitting there, doing nothing. As they do. Just one more of the amazing and unpredictable things found in Joisey. Here's another:



    Some "urban legends" are real...

    * : One of the researchers went on to fame, and I hope fortune. He's on the IgNobel Prize committee. Deservedly so! True story. I'll swear on a stack of Uncle Floyd videotapes.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Enjoy. Every. Sandwich.

  14. #14
    Lifetime Member Enzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    32,650
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 2,120/7
    Given: 0/0
    Rep Power
    55
    Wire brushes will indeed remove grime and corrosion from the inside of a socket. They'll also be a good chance of removing any plating that might be on the bearing surfaces of the socket
    I maintain that if my soft brass brush takes plating off a jack, that plating was already loose.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Education is what you're left with after you have forgotten what you have learned.

  15. #15
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    3,662
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 381/0
    Given: 58/0
    Rep Power
    14
    There used to be a fibre, plug-shaped cleaner you moistened with an enclosed bottle of what may have been isopropyl alcohol. They came in regular 1/4" sizes, 1/8", as well as Bantam (GPO/B) sizes. I was a press telegraphist in the late 70s and we had ex-RAF bantam patch bays for patching teleprinters and tape readers to leased lines. We used the fibre cleaners to freshen up the sockets. I also remembered the sintered types. They also did a sintered relay contact spatula that could have doubled up to file horses teeth.

    A nice idea though for end-users - guitars especially. The tip connection is usually pretty much self-cleaning but the grounding often suffers on older (especially unused) instruments. You get that greasy+ oxidised surface on nickel I have my own methods - mainly small-bore rifle brushes in various grades and specialist contact cleaner. By the time a socket needs cleaning to this degree I suspect any switching contacts would have gone south as well. Also, old sockets that have corroded will sometimes corrode between the crimped assembly where the tube is flared over onto the ground connection.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  16. #16
    Old Timer
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Just south of Bawlmer, Merlin
    Posts
    2,669
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 367/6
    Given: 362/1
    Rep Power
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by KrackleKiller View Post
    Also, your wife's unlikely to steal them to do something make-up related.
    That road can go both ways.
    Foam-tipped makeup applicators (for eye shadow, I think) work great in situations where a cotton Q-tip would get snagged on pointy lead ends or whatever.

    -rb

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  17. #17
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    3,662
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 381/0
    Given: 58/0
    Rep Power
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by rjb View Post
    That road can go both ways.
    It sure does. When my wife's out I put on her makeup and panties and pretend to be Nancy Wilson fixing up her guitar before a gig.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  18. #18
    Lifetime Member Enzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    32,650
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 2,120/7
    Given: 0/0
    Rep Power
    55
    You must be a magic man.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Education is what you're left with after you have forgotten what you have learned.

  19. #19
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Posts
    214
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 135/0
    Given: 187/2
    Rep Power
    2
    Wait, this is real? Audio tampons?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  20. #20
    Master Destroyer nosaj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Pace, FL
    Posts
    3,329
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1,172/102
    Given: 166/36
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_L View Post
    Wait, this is real? Audio tampons?
    Just the thing when your audio jacks are dripping with juicy audio. He should market to the audiophile guys and charge $125 a pack.
    nosaj

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Binkie McFartnuggets‏:If we really wanted to know the meaning of life we would have fed Stephen Hawking shrooms a long time ago.

  21. #21
    Lifetime Member Enzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    32,650
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 2,120/7
    Given: 0/0
    Rep Power
    55
    About once a month when your guitar seems cranky and in a bad mood.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Education is what you're left with after you have forgotten what you have learned.

  22. #22
    Old Timer Leo_Gnardo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Dogpatch-on-Hudson
    Posts
    6,552
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1,563/21
    Given: 1,302/0
    Rep Power
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    About once a month when your guitar seems cranky and in a bad mood.
    If you guitar's old enough, say 50+, no more need to consult the calendar. It's that way ALL the time.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Enjoy. Every. Sandwich.

  23. #23
    Lifetime Member Enzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    32,650
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 2,120/7
    Given: 0/0
    Rep Power
    55
    And the only song it will play is "Yes, dear."

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Education is what you're left with after you have forgotten what you have learned.

  24. #24
    Twobie
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    6
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 1/0
    Given: 2/0
    Rep Power
    0
    Gents, you're a crack-up!

    "audio tampons" - that's been done before, and I was tempted to try and find some way of using it in some context, but I suspect there might be some people who wouldn't see the humour.

    Also, "yes dear" - as a late middle-aged married man, I resemble that remark.

    I DO think a few of you are right in saying that my main target market is likely folks a good deal less technically adept than yourselves, but I hope the 'Killers might prove to be useful for some.

    Thanks once again for your input/humour.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  25. #25
    Senior Member SoulFetish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    1,317
    Thumbs Up/Down
    Received: 471/1
    Given: 406/0
    Rep Power
    7
    Krackle, this is a tough crowd to be sure.
    But, a wise product engineer would do well to pay close attention to any criticism or cynicism levied at their product. All of us technicians rely on our tools to perform the quality repairs and service our customers demand. Any tool that performs a needed service, is machined to hold up under heavy use, and will last for years, would find many loyal customers here.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    If I have a 50% chance of guessing the right answer, I guess wrong 80% of the time.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Loose tube Sockets and retensioning and cleaning versus replacement?
    By Sleet in forum Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Repair
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-29-2017, 12:36 AM
  2. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-18-2012, 01:49 AM
  3. The dreaded parts killers
    By Enzo in forum Music Electronics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-20-2007, 07:16 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •