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General Questions / Re: What hell happend to this SD-1!
« on: June 18, 2018, 08:43:13 PM »
someone forgot to spend the 20 cents for a metal washer?

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Open Discussion / Re: Going to Memphis, what’s up Memphis?
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:52:26 PM »
interstate bbq ... it genuinely lives up to the reputation. one of the few places I've been where the sides and the bbq are equally excellent and the place is the perfect representation of "Memphis style" bbq. I can admit I've stuck my nose to the window at the Gibson factory like a filthy beggar ... that said, I have no idea on local shops

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Open Discussion / Re: NPD (sorta)
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:33:33 AM »
there's going to be nuance issues with modeling that will never be 100% ... spring reverb drip/combo cab vibration/pan crash, output tube bias vary tremolo, tube rectified non-mv push pull amp sag/bloom/dynamics, actual leslie rotation/ramping ... but they get better with it each time. hopefully analog will last my lifetime and I won't have to find out.

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Open Discussion / Re: NPD (sorta)
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:17:35 AM »
here's my experience with them ... local guy starts selling everything he can spare to get it ... gets it ... 6 months later its up for sale because they're young and stupid with jobs/money and he's carefully re-wrapped it up in its packaging like he never used it

they must be good because those guys practically sell their children to get em

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Open Discussion / Re: lawsuit guitars?
« on: May 27, 2018, 09:48:55 AM »
there's certainly no more real collector value to a lawsuit guitar regardless of origin, certainly hit or miss as to the relative quality vs the brand name guitar ... which is where there would be some added player value.

 boutique pedals/amps have the same problem of implied collector value ... could very well be built like crap on the inside, is it really worth what was paid for it or some high percentage of that amount? probably not if it has no real player value.

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Open Discussion / Re: Share something you wish you would have known
« on: May 23, 2018, 11:43:21 AM »
unfortunately I couldn't distill this down to a singular thing so I will share the whole of what I wish I would have known.

I wish I would have known that it would ultimately be more important that I know WHY instead of HOW. It is much easier to know how to buy parts and solder them together than it is to know why things are done a certain way or work a certain way. I guess if I were to expound on that, I would have spent more time reading and less time doing.

I wish I started out spending more money on tools than toys. I'm not a gigging musician so this is all a hobby, the fruits of which are toys for me to play with and enjoy and of course the satisfaction of doing it myself. I'd much rather have started with a better set of tools to build better toys with rather than struggling in the doing it myself phase. the shame is that I knew I needed better but couldn't (at the time) justify the investment vs the gratification of having the next pedal or amp or guitar.

I wish I walked away more. I've broken the marathon build/troubleshoot habit and I don't miss it. so what if you circle back to it in a day/week/month/year? it would probably be better than powering through and making mistakes, reworking, getting frustrated, stressed out, or abjectly angry. I've solved more problems in the shower or on the drive in to work than I have at the workbench.

I wish I hadn't tried to turn a hobby into a business, even a limited one. I'm just not able to enjoy work. I've always considered work that thing I do for money and a hobby that thing I do for fun. It took me over a year to pick up a soldering iron again for any reason and I didn't even have one of those sad failed business stories. It just literally killed my enjoyment of the hobby.

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General Questions / Re: Spring reverb driver
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:39:14 AM »
of note, the surfy bear project (and all spring reverb implementations for that matter) rely on three key factors: decay time (short/med/long), impedance, and orientation (suspended, side mount, bottom mount) so just because you have a spring tank doesn't mean it is going to work for a given project. places like antique electronic supply have charts that will help you break down reverb tank part numbers into specifications. https://www.tubesandmore.com/tech-corner/accutronics-products-and-specifications

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Open Discussion / Re: Chuck Collins/Interfax vs Clone Pedals
« on: May 18, 2018, 11:17:36 AM »
there's a phone number on there ... I'd suggest giving it a ring

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Open Discussion / Re: My lame experience with Mammoth electronics
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:05:55 PM »
I don't even know where to begin with them ... I'm kinda pissed with myself for continuing give them my business. I need to just buy in bulk from elsewhere and find another place that does decent powdercoating.

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Build Reports / Re: First Build Report - Franky
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:58:37 PM »
lol ... I still haven't done anything with my sets of those transistors and diodes ... been spending my allowance (I try to stick to a budget) on other things

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Open Discussion / Re: Discrete Opamps... the future of tone.
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:23:26 AM »
I'm over here thinking that redesigning the grey box 250 as a discrete is the greatest prank ever pulled ... you just know someone will spend the money, trace it, and spend the rest of their life mad about it.

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reminding me of my 5 watt phase ... had the kustom defender, a cavalcade of valve juniors, the blackheart little giant and the ant, some random chinese one called the revenge. out of all of them, I will probably get another blackheart little giant to mod the crap out of. I thought it had the best balance of tone/gain and took pedals better than a lot of amps.

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Requests / Re: "Mojo" pbc layouts
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:56:04 PM »
I like them on the fuzz face and rangemaster boards I have, using parts out of the amp building bins(mallory 150s, 1/2 watt resistors) for a change was fun.

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Open Discussion / Re: Big Muff Mids mods- pot v switch
« on: May 07, 2018, 05:18:55 AM »
duncan's tsc runs well under wine ... that said, reset the mac's pram/nvram and maybe even the smc. It should run fine afterwards.

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the hammond ao-44 amplifier carried a pair of ecl86 and by grafting a preamp tube instead of a transistor you get a nice little guitar amp with a tiny footprint ... fun tubes to play with. in a single ended amp you'd be pretty short on watts unless that was your design goal

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