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#1 'Slots of Fun'

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:19 PM

Can anyone tell me what version Carsteen controller I have shown below and its approximate value. I want to put it up for sale in my controller showcase at 'Slots of Fun' but want to ensure I properly identify it and reasonably price it.

Front Carsteen.jpg

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Thanks for your help.
V/R,
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#2 Mike K

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:27 PM

Looks like a version 3.6 or earlier. My 3.6 has a date on it of 2007 and has a fuse. My 2009 version 3.7 has a resetable circuit breaker in place of a fuse. The date on your photo looks like 2006. I'm not an expert, I only know what the two models I own are. Yours might also be a CS 2. I believe the CS 1 model does not have the dip switch and has a small aluminum heat sink and no fan.

Then again, your mileage may vary......

I have Steen's email address that I can PM to you if needed.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:44 PM

The black diodes (or whatever they are called) are the give-away.

You have the top of the range model :)

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:13 PM

I have Steen's email address that I can PM to you if needed.


Thanks Mike.

Would you please PM Steen's email address to me?

Much appreciated.
V/R,
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:14 PM

The black diodes (or whatever they are called) are the give-away.

You have the top of the range model :)


Thanks to you too Zippity.

V/R,
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:19 AM

Vic,

I might have given you the wrong information about your controller.

Checking my controller tonight, the diode "thingies" are red.

Hopefully Steen himself will chip in with the correct answer.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:20 AM

Vic,

I might have given you the wrong information about your controller.

Checking my controller tonight, the diode "thingies" are red.

Hopefully Steen himself will chip in with the correct answer.


Who's Vic?

V/R,
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#8 Mike K

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:36 AM

Your PM mailbox appears to be full.......no messages can be received

So much DRAMA for such small cars....
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:11 PM

Don

That will teach me to type posts so late at night :laugh2: :laugh2:

Sorry.................

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:58 PM

Your PM mailbox appears to be full.......no messages can be received


Hi Mike,

Sorry about that. I deleted all my PMs and am now ready for PM Round 2!

V/R,
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:59 PM

Don

That will teach me to type posts so late at night :laugh2: :laugh2:

Sorry.................


No problem Zippity. I'm easily confused reading posts late at night!

V/R,
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:52 AM

I think it was the "V/R" above your name that confused me :(

What does the V/R stand for anyway? :)

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:12 AM

I think it was the "V/R" above your name that confused me :(

What does the V/R stand for anyway? :)


Very Respectfully.

V/R,
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:58 AM

The conttroller shown is an older CS-2, with essentially the same performance and features as the current controllers. The heatsink is heavier and more bulky, but apart from the usual abuse that is dished out by excited racers it should work very well.
If it doesn't it can certainly be brought up to the standard of the day. Everthing can be repaired or services. It will only cost the postage.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:03 PM

Steen....
can you tell me what the specific functions of the four dip switches are? I just aquired a CS-2 2007 version, and would really appreciate and insight you might be able to offer up.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:29 PM

the dips softens up the throttle profile


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:35 AM

Dip-switches

 

The switch far left make the trigger-response more "agressive" (car goes faster with less tigger-movement) while the 3 swiches to the right makes the response "softer".

In my experience a real beneficial employment of the profile switches takes some practice.  

 

Good luck.

 

Steen


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:12 AM

Steen,

 

Do the switched affect the bands in order, i.e., switch 2= lower bands; switch 3= middle bands; switch 4= upper bands??  Or is it some other way?

 

 

Thanks...


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:27 PM

All the switches are effecting all the bands. The more of switches 2, 3 or 4 you employ, the more the bands are effected. It is the middle of the trigger -curve that is the most effected. Switch 1 is pulling the responsde in the middel "up", while 2, 3 and 4 are pulling the response down.  

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:29 AM

Hi - I'm new to this blog and a old-timer slot racer. I love the design of these controllers - we tried a few designs like it back in the 80's, but had issues with latency in the electronics. Do these exhibit any sort of D/A lag?


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:50 AM

Not in the least.  If you haven't tried one yet, check them out...


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:39 AM

Latency? D/A lag? Are pulse width modulators subject to such lag? Is the Carsteen a PWM?

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Analog!

 

No, it's not a Digital or PWM controller.

It's "old-fashioned" analog using FET-transistors in the output.

No latency, immediate start-up, and more than 10 times faster than a relay.

And then it can handle a wider range of load than any PWM-controller on the market.

 

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:55 PM

Looks a really sweet controller! Are they still available new?



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:37 AM

Of course they are!

 

Try to contact Roger at Mid America Raceway.

 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:01 AM

I have to give the Carsteen controllers a huge positive. I have two because I liked the CS-01 so much I bought a CS-02.

 

They work with everything I drive...from a ff030 slimline through all the RTR motors up through S16D's and C Cans.

 

They have been very popular here in NZ.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:38 AM

So is it for sale? How much?


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:00 AM

Sam:

 

http://shop.slotcar1...encontroler.htm


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

Of course they are!
 
Try to contact Roger at Mid America Raceway.
 
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Good to know, can never have enough options for a controller :)

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 12:33 PM

Thanks for setting me straight, Steen! Back in the dark ages we had monstrous diodes and there was a certain, noticeable propagation delay, which encouraged us to throw out the monstrous diodes!


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 07:41 AM

I am having trouble finding the advantages of the CS4 over the CS3.x.

 

I am told that several of the top scale racers have switched to the CS4- but it would be nice to know the logic behind the switch.

 

Thank you in advance.


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 08:23 AM

Read the CS4 specs here.

 

I understand that the 03 model is no longer being made,



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 10:29 AM

Just had my Carsteen CS-2 repaired and upgraded to the CS-4 by Steen. I must say he was incredibly easy to work with, educated me on the settings and usage of the controller and provided superb customer service.

 

Highly recommended!


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 03:17 PM

Welcome to the world of "real" slot car hand controllers.

 

You will NEVER regret investing in a Carsteen :)  :)







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