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 Post subject: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:44 pm 
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If the thread in the Tarantula breaks can it be replaced or are you s*it out of luck??


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:46 pm 
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http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=1973
This is whet you will need.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:22 pm 
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I know its been gone over a million times but at $50 is this product worth it?? Seems to have such an upside. Convince me YES or NO please. Sorry for bringing up a topic talked about a million times.

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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:31 pm 
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$50.00 is a great price for a Tarantula. I don't know if the price is temporarily reduced or will remain at this price now that it has been out for a while. If you get into thread magic you will eventually want to get one but I always recommend you start with a basic ITR. ITRs in general have maintenance issues. Tangled threads, broken threads, parts fall off and need replacing, ect. If you can't handle those maintenance issues with a mechanical device it is unlikely you will be able to handle them with an electronic device.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:41 pm 
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Which ITR would you recomend getting first?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:14 pm 
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http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=S3831

That one is always my personal recommendation for a starter ITR. It will work for all clothing attire from button up short sleeve shirts on up. The components are easy to work with if something should go down. There is a LOT of thread packed in there!


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:26 am 
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Cool, does it come with instructions on how to fix if the thread breaks and how to use it? Is it simple to load new thread in it?


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:27 am 
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That one is a bit more complicated to disassemble and reassemble. They explain a technique for getting the end of the thread out once it breaks and retracts inside, but it's tricky and doesn't always work. They make one where the body splits in half to allow easier access, but I can't tell from the description if the one listed is made that way.

In ITR's of this design, you have know what you want to use it for. The smaller the ITR, the shorter the retractable IT length. Mini's and Micro's are good for right in front of your body with a short hookup. If you want to go clear to a tabletop you'll need the full size ITR.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:49 pm 
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Wouldnt it be worth it to spend the extra $15 or so and buy a Turantula then?


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:39 pm 
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That's the beauty of the free market. If you think it's worth it, go for it.

To me, you trade one set of problems for another. Thread changes are easier on spool based systems, but you have electronics and batteries to contend with. Except for the obvious IT breakage which can happen on both, the Micro is pretty much indestructible.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:06 pm 
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I honestly can't remember if the instructions were worth it. I learned how to maintain it the old fashioned way...I went to a brick and morter shop and was taught what to do and how to do it by the guy who sold me the device. Everything else I learned on my own through expirimentation. If you choose to get it I will put together a password protected maintenance video. You can send me a copy of the invoice and I could send you the link.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:45 pm 
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Ok, Im gonna order one.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
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Okay...I'll work on a maintenance video this week.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing the Tarantula?
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Aright :)


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