Okay, circuit benders: a key part in warping electronics to new and strange places has vanished from the face of the Earth. Reed Ghazala, father of bending and the field’s best-known personality, writes CDM with the news as he passed it on to experimental/bending music forum oddmusic. That’s the bad news; the good news is Reed shows you via flickr schematic how to make your own replacement part.

I’m sad to report the premature passing of part # 12-0104-0000, GC Electronics.

This, as some of the half-electrocuted among you know, is the resistance substitution wheel much-sought by benders.

The product manager informs me that the molds have been lost, and that they disappeared in a puff of green smoke that hung, luminous, in the plant for days.

I made that last part up.

Anyway, in response to all the requests here for departed part # 12-0104-0000, I’ve put up another flickr thing, a DIY Resistance Sub Wheel. There’s also a link for an EICO box, surplus, in Canada, and get ’em while they’re hot!

And now, the solution:

Do-it-Yourself Resistance Substitution Box

For more on circuit-bending how-tos, Reed has a terrific book out:

Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments (ExtremeTech) [Amazon.com]