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General Questions / Re: Can you help me with an audio probe question?
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:43:48 AM »
Well, the resistance there should be equal to R2, 1M.

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Build Reports / Re: Purple Haze and Fairy Dust (Prof. Poopy content)
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:41:01 PM »
So how wouldyou, as a vibe-a-holic, characterize the differences between these two vibes?

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Open Discussion / Re: 9mm pot drought?
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:04:35 AM »
Looking more closely though, especially if you order a significant number of pots (because, say, you know that you'll always need some 100kA pots) Thonk quickly becomes cheaper than Banzai. A 9mm pot at Banzai is 2E40 while at Thonk it's 1E50. So that beats any shipping pretty quickly. Also, Banzai shipping times can be abysmal (not always, but sometimes). Thank isn't over night, but at least it's consistent, which to me is more important because I'm able to plan ahead...just 2cents to consider.

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Build Reports / Re: NucleonFx Liquid Eternity (Arion SCH-1 Chorus)
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:53:01 PM »
That's a nice coincidence, the board fitting in a 125B. Wouldn't have thought of that. Looks clean and tight!

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Open Discussion / Re: 9mm pot drought?
« on: September 10, 2018, 07:22:52 AM »
Also, Alpha makes whatever you ask them to make, to your spec, as long as you buy a 1000 of 'em minimum. That's what Thonk does. Another nice thing about the Thonk ones is that the little locater tab is absent, so you don't have to snap it off.

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Open Discussion / Re: 9mm pot drought?
« on: September 10, 2018, 07:19:56 AM »
Try Thonk

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Open Discussion / Re: Les Paul 2019 Vid
« on: September 04, 2018, 04:39:38 PM »
My thought on this are summarized by the observation that I'm more curious about the feel of that slightly asymmetric neck than about the gazillion sounds they try to milk out of the pickups. I also really detest the sea foam green color. That said, most of the recent LPs I've had in my hands where nice playing guitars.

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General Questions / Re: Who knows the real trick to get more bass? (RAT)
« on: September 04, 2018, 06:18:29 AM »
Google Geofex, Equalizer and Gyrator, or alternatively Electric Druid Metalzone Analysis. Two excellent examples with gyrators.

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Open Discussion / Re: When you are tired...
« on: September 04, 2018, 04:57:13 AM »
When my kid was born, 5 months ago, I started noticing double vision. Not blurry, but really double. One main image and a faint copy offset from it. It didn't bug me all day, but especially in conditions with a lot of contrast it became unbearable. So now I've got glasses on and it saves me a lot of headaches. On days that I'm well rested I don't need them and leave 'em off. I notice I do want them on in the car, but not when I'm on my racing bike. Funny how this works.

Speaking of being well rested: I'm not. I was actually thinking of starting a topic about it, but then this popped up. I just don't fall a sleep before 3 o' clock in the morning and it's driving me mad. I've always needed about 20 minutes to doze off (jealous of my girl friend, gone within 2 minutes all the time), but currently I just don't fall asleep at all. The conditions just don't matter. Yesterday I had a 65 km bike ride (to and from work) with 7 hours of teaching physics. I was pretty tired when I got home. So cooked dinner, watched a quiz but noted myself feeling very tired on the couch. So I went to bed, highly anticipating a nice comatose night. As soon as I lay down, BAM, wide awake.

I'm out of ideas on this one. I've reduced screen time at night, applied a heavy (software) filter for when I do use the screen, basically dark room mode, try to be active during the day and passive in the evening to wind down. It doesn't work. I just don't fall asleep until 3. That is like clockwork by the way. But then I have to get up at 7 and I start my day feeling tired. This all is in tandem with pretty bad skin from the shoulders up (eczema from birth, but it's getting worse as I get older) at the moment. Lying awake in bad, the itch becomes noticeable and I start scratching. This is a cycle that just keeps itself going.

Any tips on either issue (although I've given up on a successful skin treatment, just sleeping would be such a relief for now)?

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Open Discussion / Re: Anybody need a strat?
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:00:55 PM »
I'll take this guitar instead: Gibson Red Widow Flying V

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General Questions / Re: Marshall BB-2 Bluesbreaker Mods
« on: August 25, 2018, 07:04:49 AM »
As far as the op amp goes, I'd leave that for last. Removing them is kind of a pain, and it's not likely to make much difference IMO. Try the other mods first.

That depends on the board. If it is single sided like the original then removing the IC is only a minutes work to do cleanly. It's with double sided boards that it gets annoying because there's always solder left over at the joint.

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General Questions / Re: Marshall BB-2 Bluesbreaker Mods
« on: August 24, 2018, 03:28:59 AM »
For the original bb, running it at 18V made all the difference for me. Check if the electrolytic caps are rated high enough and give it a try.

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Build Reports / Re: AMZ Mini Boost
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:16:23 AM »
Pickdropper stating that he has never before built an AMZ mini booster...now that is a surprise! It was sort of my 'rite of passage' circuit years ago and I imagine it was for many others. There's a lot of tiny tweaks that can really influence how this thing works/sounds that are really worthwhile.

Anyway, killer looking pedal as always!

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General Questions / Re: how 2 blend 2 circuits
« on: August 19, 2018, 05:17:07 PM »
Signals 180 degrees out of phase cancel, because the peaks of one sine wave lines up with the throughs of the other (+1 and -1 on together equals zero air displacement). It depends on the effect you're mixing. A good example is the Ross compressor: if you compare the input and output signals, the phase of the output signal is 180 degrees shifted from the input. That isn't much of a problem on its own. But when you mix in the original signal, the two cancel each other out (at least partially). Not all effects have this. It is also something to look out for in dual amp setups. If one amp has its output out of phase with the other one, it sounds thin. Flip phase on one of the two amp and voila: thick tone valhalla.

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Open Discussion / Re: Call for tutorial submissions
« on: August 13, 2018, 03:11:06 PM »
I'm working on a big one that contains all the normal steps of building a pedal. Some of if it Nucleon specific, most is not. It is still a work in progress and will include pictures/illustrations in the future. Here is a link..

One thing though is that the place where it is hosted is not setup to handle a lot of traffic, so that's one thing I'll have to keep an eye on.

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