ANALOG VU METERS... any options ?

pw8888

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HI Guys  ;D
I need some tips and advice from you about some analog Vu meter.
I am building a line amp and I am looking for a nice pair of nice vu …
I did look into ebay / china / and some other site … without finding NOTHING .

I find the Sifam a little bit expensive for what is it … and the “retro looking one are “ugly”(my taste).(AL15 etc ..)
without saying that everybody use them ... and if I could get something a little bit different ...
Would you have another brand as an advice ?
Big sifam’s are “a little bit better” but too big for my project (in size) .
What I have available is twice something like 50 x 40mm as a space to fit them .
Thanks for the advice and eventually links I didn’t see… ::) ::)
 

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I just got a pair of Nissei meters from eBay (made in China).

They're pretty nice! I like them well enough, and they do what I need them to do. 12V incandescent lamp illumination.

My only gripe is that I'm not totally enamored of the peachy-yellow-white color of the background (would've much preferred white). But once the lamps are on it looks "very okay."

I think I got a pair that shipped from New Jersey, with lamps already installed and complete with bezels, for 33 bucks.
 

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Real VU meters are not cheap.  If you only need some dancing needles, most of the cheap ones will do the job.
 

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warpie said:
Real VU meters are not cheap.

"Real" VU meters (i.e., ones that completely meet ANSI standards) are not only not cheap, but rather rare

But as several people said in a conversation on this topic recently, VU meters on something like a compressor are typically more useful for a sort of loose visual reference; an abstract bit of visual feedback that signal is passing, or that gain reduction is occurring, and with some relative sense of degree.

But as someone said in a conversation on this topic recently, if that's the desired application, the Sifam and Nissei meters are probably fine for most things.
 

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thanks will check !
my problem was more on the "design" and "look" more than accuracy.

At the end of the day... yes what I need is a "dancing" needle... :)

will check the one one ebay ...
 

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pw8888 said:
Would you have another brand as an advice ?

This ones look pretty cool

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pw8888

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yes I saw them... too big for the equipment I want to build ...
need the same one but smaller :)

 

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pw8888 said:
yes I saw them... too big for the equipment I want to build ...
need the same one but smaller :)

search Ebay, Aliexpress, Bangood for "VU meters"

I'm sure there's something for you there
 

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If accuracy is really not an absolute must, you could buy almost any meter of the needed amperage, correct size, and desired look -- and then (photo-)print your own vu scale (including your own logo and the like) for insertion. Nice DIY feel as well.
 

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pw8888 said:
yes I saw them... too big for the equipment I want to build ...
need the same one but smaller :)

Here are the offerings from Nissei... quite a few options!

http://www.meterexpert.com/e/VU.htm

You could always choose your favorite two or three part numbers/models and search eBay to see if any are for sale
 

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Anyone has a link to that cheap Behringer round VU meter that people were using on the SSL comp some years ago?
 

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these are 35mm x 35mm and used in the DON Classics 1176 clone, they look nice and do what they are supposed to do:

https://www.hairballaudio.com/catalog/parts-store/panel-meters/8035-vu-meter#tab-51

plus they fit in a round hole so easier to punch.

ok!
T.

 

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mutterd said:
these are 35mm x 35mm and used in the DON Classics 1176 clone, they look nice and do what they are supposed to do:

https://www.hairballaudio.com/catalog/parts-store/panel-meters/8035-vu-meter#tab-51

plus they fit in a round hole so easier to punch.

ok!
T.

yes those are the ones, thank you so much for the link.

Are they really made by Behringer?
If not I dont know where the Behringer association comes from
 

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I'm not sure where Hairball sources their meters, or whether they may have special requirements and have the meters made to their specs.

I will say that the Hairball 8037 is dimensionally identical to the Nissei TN-73 on the datasheets.

 

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soapfoot said:
Here are the offerings from Nissei... quite a few options!

http://www.meterexpert.com/e/VU.htm

You could always choose your favorite two or three part numbers/models and search eBay to see if any are for sale

So many options there, I think that covers all the needs and preferences
 

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soapfoot said:
Here are the offerings from Nissei... quite a few options!

http://www.meterexpert.com/e/VU.htm

You could always choose your favorite two or three part numbers/models and search eBay to see if any are for sale

Thanks soapfoot!
I should be covered :)
P
 

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Hoyt is a long time manufacturer/supplier in the USA,,,,

Dunno if these are still USA made or now imports:

https://www.hoytmeter.com/analog-panel-meters/vu-meters.html

Bri
 

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