General Construction Notes

Panther Support Boards

To help minimize the amount of wiring that is often needed to connect panel mounted components to the circuit board the Panther family make extensive use of Panther Support Boards. There are, currently, 5 members of this family:-

1. Panther Jack-Switch Board
2. Panther Jack-LED
3. Panther Pot Board
4. Panther Support-5
5. Panther Carrier Board

Panther Jack-Switch and Jack-LED Board

These boards can support any mix of up to 4 jacks and switches. The 2 pictures below show the boards dressed with 4 jacks and the other with 4 switches but any permutation of these is allowed. These PCBs are used when the associated front panel column has only jacks and/or switches.

Panther Jack-Switch loaded with jacks

Panther Jack-Switch loaded with switches

While the Jack-Switch board will accept a single LED in one of 3 positions, the Jack-LED will accept up to 4 LEDs and has 7 different positions for them (2 different positions for the 'top' 3 LEDs and one position for the 'bottom' LED.

Panther Pot Board

This board supports pots and, optionally, a mix of jacks and switches. When adding jacks or switches to this board they will (nearly) always be done by mounting them using the Panther Carrier Board. The picture shows this board with 3 pots and a switch. This PCB is used whenever the associated front panel column comprises a mix of pots, jacks and/or switches and requires the use of a Carrier PCB for each jack/switch to allow them to be aligned with the centre of the pots.

Panther Pot loaded with pots and a switch

Panther Support-5

This Support board provides for a an alternate panel grid layout that now provides for 5 components vertically in a column. It is a multi-component board accepting a variety of combinations of pots, jacks and switches.

Panther Carrier Board

To allow components on the front panel to be aligned vertically within a column, it is necessary to raise the lower height components such as jacks and switches. This is achieved by mounting the component on to a carrier board which is then held at the correct height using an extended header.

Two header heights are used in the Panther modules:-

  1. A 9mm header is used for raising a jack in to alignment with a pot in the same colum and this can be seen in the earlier picture under the Panther Pot Board.
  2. A 16mm header is used for raising a switch in to alignment with a pot in the same column.
  3. The 16mm header is also used where a design requires, for example, 2 jacks to be mounted on the same row and symmetrically offset from the pot centre line, This picture of the CGS738 Mangler and shows the header being used to allow for 2 jacks to be mounted in the same row.

Occassionaly a design allows the main PCB to be mounted directly behind the front panel without using any Panther Support PCBs, for example our ED701 and ED702. To allow continued used of our jacks in these designs we use a mini-Carrier PCB


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