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Open Discussion / Re: Ebay dropping the ball again
« on: February 19, 2019, 08:49:49 PM »
I've under-priced some things because I didn't research well enough but what did I lose? $20? $50 maybe?
Yeah, I figured once they learned what they had, they probably thought they would get way more for it. The reality is that it's not valuable by any stretch of the imagination; they typically do not sell for more than $25 over what I paid.
The seller had plenty of opportunities to end the auction early, edit, review, etc. Once it sells with a completed transaction, IMHO it's exactly like if you went into a store and bought something at the marked price. The owner of the store can't run outside, grab it out of your hands and throw your money back in your face if they decide "oh, that's damaged, you don't want it".
But that's what happened.

*3/3/19 - LOL, through some weird glitch in the system, I was able to leave feedback even though the original transaction was cancelled two weeks ago. No, my experience was not "positive"...

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Open Discussion / Re: For anyone needing a good laugh today!!
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:35:33 AM »
I only pay that much when the resistors are from the same lot number.

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Open Discussion / Re: Two Spring Reverbs Tanks controlled with a DPDT?
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:29:19 AM »
You could do this with a 3PDT if both of your tanks have a "C" for the 5th digit in their codes. That means your input is insulated and the output is grounded. In that case, you only have to switch the input hot signal, the output hot signal, and the output ground. If you have an "A" for the 5th digit on the tanks, then you will need a 4PDT as selfdestroyer suggested.
If your tanks are mis-matched in their grounding schemes, it will probably be very difficult to do this without serious popping noises and potential other noise problems.

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Open Discussion / Re: Ebay dropping the ball again
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:16:53 PM »
Just a guitar pedal, and a fairly cheap one at that. I don't understand why they got so weird about it, but again, when people "think" they found gold, then all bets are off.
I can tell it was that typical scared-to-lose-even-$1-on-an-item mentality that a lot of people are prisoners to these days. They're afraid somebody might make a couple bucks off of buying and reselling something, so they inflate the prices up front just in case it's worth more than they thought.

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Open Discussion / Ebay dropping the ball again
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:26:14 AM »
I recently purchased an Ebay item for a great price, but it wasn't outrageously great, not "a score", so to speak. I patiently waited for the item to arrive. Several days after the estimated arrival date, I began to wonder what had happened. Then I got an email that the order had been cancelled and I was going to receive a refund (none of which I had been contacted about or authorized). I contacted the seller and all they said was that the item was now magically "damaged", so they never shipped it.
I'm calling BS on that one, especially since I offered to receive the item anyway since I know I could fix it.
No, what most likely happened is that they decided what I paid wasn't enough in their mind and they sold it to somebody else for more money (they do own a pawn shop as well). I opened a case to explain that I didn't ask for or want the refund, but Ebay did nothing about it. The seller went back to not responding to any messages; Ebay closed the case and will not allow it to be appealed even though their site says, "you can appeal a decision within 30 days of the case being closed."
I tried Ebay's "we'll call you" option. When I got the call, it glitched out my cellphone and does not allow you to use your keypad to respond and just hangs up (convenient for them).

So as a review:  As a seller, if you at some point determine you didn't get as much money as you want for an item, you can just randomly cancel a completed order weeks afterwards without ever contacting the buyer or explaining anything. You also are allowed to randomly access a buyer's Paypal account, without their authorization, to dump the funds back into their account. Oh...and Ebay does nothing.

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If you haven't tried already, give the entire unit the "chopstick test". Just get a chopstick and start poking around at various components and wires while the unit is on and making the whine. I've always been amazed how you can find dry solder joints or loose wires with this method, or how one component being poked will change the sound you're hearing (that gives you a pretty good idea what to focus on). It saves a lot troubleshooting time.

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Open Discussion / Re: Klon news .........
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:06:05 AM »
"Bill Finnegan is selling the original Klon Centaur Overdrive again!"
So these are original copies? Or are they new originals? Ah, it's the original second reissue. Originally the original had an origin that originated with the original originator.

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Build Reports / Re: TurboFlange (Dead End FX Flange-A-Rama)
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:17:07 AM »
Excellent work, looks great! JB weld is a lifesaver for fixing pedal enclosures. It's also nice to see MN3204's in a recent flanger project, where it actually specifies them in the build doc.
Did you have any trouble sourcing the MN3204s?
It looks like MN3204's are just about impossible to find anymore, even the fake ones. A possible option would be to use MN3209's (still "available", but with high fake risk) and adjust the clock a little by changing C12 to 47p.

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Open Discussion / Re: Hi, my name is Lee and I'm an Arrow abuser
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:27:34 AM »
This appears to be a case of "inability to change established process".
It's an epidemic affecting all parts of the world in all industries because everything is so automated that it's actually way more expensive and difficult to change something than just leave it as it is.
If they were to suddenly add some new box sizes....disaster...complete and utter chaos. Employee's would be glitching out, unable to figure out what parts fit in what boxes. Orders would get messed up. Then the countless hours of board meetings discussing when the next board meeting is to discuss when they will actually discuss discussing the box change issue.
It's not that a problem isn't recognized, or that nobody wants to fix it...it's that they simply are unable. The machine is running and nobody knows how to turn it off. Plus, that department that handles box ordering was "restructured" 5 years ago and nobody quite knows who's responsibility it is to implement change.
Fill out this form and place directly in toilet.

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Open Discussion / Re: Reticon SAD1024's
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:10:51 PM »
I was pretty positive that General Guitar Gadgets used to make a pcb for a Deluxe Electric Mistress (SAD1024 - based) clone, and it wasn't that long ago I remember seeing it. Although only the PDF schematic is available on their site now, it wouldn't hurt to shoot them an email to see if they have any boards still in back stock. (It's doubtful they sold out of them, they probably just took the listing down because nobody was buying them anymore; no SAD1024's available.)

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Open Discussion / Re: Disappointed by the modern flangers
« on: February 05, 2019, 05:04:35 PM »
The modern ones are just glorified chorus to me.
I've been saying this about flangers for years. Eventide had it right way back in 1976, and in the user manual for the Instant Flanger FL-201 they stated,  "As a practical matter, useful flanging occurs in the delay range of 50 microseconds to about 5 milliseconds..."
I'm running an MN3006 in my Current Lover, and guess what? It actually sounds like a flanger because it's normal operating delay range is exactly within the range stated by Eventide. IMHO, the MN3006 is the best BBD ever made to use for flanging. It has way lower noise than an SAD1024, and does not require a buffer or over-clocking like an MN3007. I think it got a bad rap because the Panasonic spec sheet calls it an "Economy type" BBD. People wanted the MN3007 because it was always touted as "Low-noise (expensive type)", but the MN3006 is a 100% better choice for flanging applications. But as a warning, the MN3006 does not do chorus sounds....but we're not looking for another chorus-sounding flanger, are we?

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Open Discussion / Re: TSV808
« on: February 01, 2019, 10:24:23 AM »
I think this is just a rehoused Shanks ODS-1. It even has the Bass and Saturation trim controls in the same spot.
Don't think its an ODS-1, that board looks completely different (its got like 12 TO-92 transistors on it) - https://www.instagram.com/p/Blw9HD4F8qd/
I looked at the link for that Instagram "ODS-1" board pic, and that is not an ODS-1. The ODS-1 has two trim pot controls for Bass and Saturation at the top of the pcb. The board pictured only has one trim pot provision at the top, so it is some other pedal made by Vemuram (which many of their pedals only have one trim control on the top).
Does someone have a gutshot of an actual ODS-1?

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Open Discussion / Re: TSV808
« on: February 01, 2019, 12:58:20 AM »
I think this is just a rehoused Shanks ODS-1. It even has the Bass and Saturation trim controls in the same spot. The idea they've melded two pedals into a new creation is marketing BS. And the brass enclosure is just gimmicky. A standard aluminum enclosure works better at reducing EMI.
Now if it was a copper enclosure that was naturally oxidized to green...that would be cool.

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Build Reports / Re: Space Race
« on: January 26, 2019, 01:54:36 PM »
With previous builds you have already set and raised the bar. With this one, I'm not sure what to say you've done with the bar...launched it into orbit?
Amazing.

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Open Discussion / Re: Well, this is no shocker
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:44:02 PM »
Every hobby has douchebags like this
Names were hidden to protect the bagginess ;D
It is insulting though when people even try to do stuff like that, as if the words "lawsuit" or "vintage" automatically open pocketbooks and make it rain.
Other keywords that need to go away:  "rare", "HTF", "reliced", "modded"...translation:  "everywhere", "easy to get", "really?", and "you ruined it".

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