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Open Discussion / Re: What do you love about pedal building?
« on: June 23, 2019, 08:22:46 PM »
you're not?
See how the mere mention of sex has completely derailed this navel gazing?
That singular moment just before you strum a chord/hit a note while plugged in to a fresh new build. The feeling of the unknown. Will it work first time? Does it work completely? Will I spend the next 2 weeks on a debug?

That singular moment is worth every hour of the build!
that is about it really ... that and the fleeting sense of accomplishment.

Open Discussion / Re: What do you love about pedal building?
« on: June 23, 2019, 12:40:47 PM »
the groupies

Open Discussion / Re: Is the golden age over?
« on: June 19, 2019, 11:53:10 AM »
I suppose those always pushing the learning curve will eventually hit a level where they've done it all.
I suppose those who just want to build the pedals they want will eventually hit a place where they've got all they want.
I suppose those who thought they were saving money have figured out they're getting their clocks cleaned with time costs and the increasing cost of a dwindling supply of raw materials.
If endless gear acquisition is your game, you will eventually run out of space.
I think the golden age is over for me because I'm some mixture of all of the above. It isn't as "exciting" anymore. I learn less each build. I'm comfortable with what I've got.
I think someone just entering diy is spoiled. They're certainly entering a golden age. There's more vendors, options, and knowledge out there than 10 years ago when I first started modding pedals and amps.

Open Discussion / Re: Best delay for me?
« on: June 19, 2019, 11:05:57 AM »
If it is all you can afford, then go for it because A delay is better than NO delay. I say this because in order to hit their price point they are cutting corners. That old adage of "no free lunch" or "you get what you pay for" very much applies if you know "the cost of things." Analog delay is not an inexpensive effect to put into the marketplace, even if it is a Chinese knockoff. 

there was a period of inactivity for me in Kansas where the lack of humidity really did a number on my tele ... it was one of those fsr guitar center squiers with the bigsby ... I knew from the second I picked it up it was a re-purposed factory second because of the clearly visible (back of guitar only) line in the finish from the multi-piece body. that line turned into a crack in the finish that winter and the neck had really bad fret sprout ... a few weeks after the move to Florida and the fret sprout was gone ... finish is still cracked, but this thing is a factory second ... I bought it to play, not to collect.

Open Discussion / Re: How important is soldering technique to you?
« on: June 14, 2019, 06:41:44 AM »
technique all day long. I've seen guys work with one of those wood burning irons before but they had a light hand and did quick work. there were certain revelatory pieces of gear that made things better but in the end, it is the technique that gets the job done.

Open Discussion / Re: Soldering Iron Suggestion
« on: June 13, 2019, 05:24:58 PM »
I went with the digital temp controlled velleman station that Radio Shack rebranded ... downside is the Shack is gone, upside is I can still get tips from velleman ... honestly, so long as it maintains temp (or at least recovers quickly) and has interchangeable tips (should you ever ruin one or wear it out), they all pretty work the same whether its a fixed wattage pencil iron or a station. I think I put my first couple amps together with a gun from harbor freight ... got serious about it after burning through those cheap tips they come with.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:35:59 AM »
morel hunting was something I used to do back in Kansas ... one of those things you didn't talk too much about like fishing or hunting spots ... because suddenly you had friends you're now obliged to bring with you. now the internet tells you how to find anything including where/when/how to look for them

Open Discussion / Re: The D-Type Preamp Pedal
« on: June 11, 2019, 01:29:44 PM »
I believe ceriatone offers a smaller wattage (20 watt) dumble clone for $725 ... js

Open Discussion / Re: Your suggestions on overdrives for mbp
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:21:04 PM »
op amp only high gain ... for the absurdist angle, approach it like z.vex and just keep adding bacon bits boost stages until you get where you're going like he did with the SHO/SD2n1/BoR/BoM

Open Discussion / Re: Your suggestions on overdrives for mbp
« on: June 04, 2019, 06:22:38 AM »
the night train in a box is a cool idea ... I'd like to see a tiny terror in pedal form as well.

Open Discussion / Re: Shipping PCBs?
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:16:05 PM »
the problem is on our end ... USPS is upcharging for items that won't machine sort ... I can't remember the exact specifications but basically if your letter isn't flexible from one end to the other then you get the upcharge.

Open Discussion / Re: Does this only happen to me???
« on: May 15, 2019, 04:38:53 PM »
I bought a resistor assortment back when I started out that I use for those moments .... when a particular value runs out it gets added to the next parts order in the quantity to refill the kit. sure, I've got an assortment sitting around unused but it beats shipping costs.

Open Discussion / Re: NGD - incoming
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:33:06 AM »
great, now I'm second-guessing the classic vibe jag ...

Open Discussion / Re: Well that just happened....
« on: April 04, 2019, 07:14:49 PM »
all the same, I yelled at my kids on your behalf.

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