I have been running a turbo smart manual controller with no issues for a while now too. Ball and spring removed, I can send pics if needed as to mounting location. Pm if needed.I use a manual controller as a bleed valve right up on my counsel Brent. Nothing wrong with a manual boost controller if you know what you're doing with it and how it works.
I think Turbosmart sells them with a "t" in the line now too, allowing just one hose up to the counsel to adjust it. I made my own and used a "t" with a jet on the turbo side, ran a line to the dash, removed the ball and spring, and just plugged one side of the valve. It just bleeds pressure from the wastegate.
So I just run 4.5 lbs on the wastegate and can go up from there. I also put a valve in front of the controller prior to the controller to turn it off.