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Open Discussion / Re: Re Heads Up
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:37:14 PM »
Looks like their site is back up. Maybe they used your $22+ to hire some 8th grader to update their website? Sounds about right...and explains a lot. I do like that "ceramic capacitor" is singular. There is only one.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: November 21, 2018, 09:03:01 AM »
Mailing woes...again   :-\

Bought online and had a package shipped from North Carolina. Quick shipping (seller was awesome!) and in 2 days the package arrived at my local distribution center (DC) this is where it went haywire....
Apparently, DC felt the need to send it to the Manassas VA distribution center. Then, they felt the need to send it to the Woodbridge VA distribution center. Then, they decided to send it back to the DC distribution center. So... a package that I ordered on Monday and should have had on Wednesday.... is now STILL in the system and I might get it a week later (if they decide NOT to re-route it ...AGAIN!!)

Ugggg....  ::)

They do a great job making sure that junk mail arrives on time and unscathed. I've never missed a single Xfinity ad or coupon to get my gutters cleaned!

After buying up rolls at Radio Shack,
Where did you find a Radio Shack??

Open Discussion / Re: Tdpri is down?
« on: November 05, 2018, 10:36:19 PM »
A couple days ago, I logged in and it was totally flooded with asian-language spam.
Funny; you just described the entire Internet.

Open Discussion / Re: Gibson wiring harness PCB
« on: October 31, 2018, 09:40:11 PM »
Here is what mine looks like... a big bowl of spaghetti... I wonder if there is any black magic in there?
That Gibson wiring is the scariest thing I've seen today.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 28, 2018, 10:20:52 PM »
It's cool to discuss current events but I will ask to keep away from any tribal type politics or talking about specific political parties. General statements and discussion are fine so long as it is approached with some detachment.
Sorry that my comments crossed over into the more political realm. I have self-moderated them.

Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: October 27, 2018, 09:36:37 AM »
This made me almost spit out my coffee at work the other day
We need more of it! The band is called "Charamel"
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Open Discussion / Re: 'Infeld' strings - I'm a convert
« on: October 26, 2018, 09:37:01 PM »
If you're trying to find dealers for these, look up Thomastik. That's what they're better known under.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:26:38 AM »

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:10:46 PM »

"You can only go so cheap until you're back to expensive."
                                                                           ~Life Lesson

Open Discussion / Re: 250mH inductor?
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:10:42 AM »
The only recommendation I have is try to get an original/NOS/vintage 4uf non-polar capacitor for the cap to ground off the inductor (it's usually a polarized 4.7uf on most wahs). The old black barrel ones that Thomas Organ used are great. This is one of the most critical components of the wah circuit. I've seen some boutique sites that claim that non-polar caps shouldn't be used there "because it causes scratchiness"...ok. I guess all those vintage grey spec wahs and Clyde McCoys that are still working and sound great are "incorrect"?

Open Discussion / Re: Car repair is poopy
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:32:30 AM »
Most car repair/maintenance work is a complete pain, but it does depend on the car. Every once in a while, you come across engineering and practicality that makes so much sense, it just about blows you away. I'm speaking of course of 1980's Toyota 4x4's. These are hands down the easiest, most inexpensive vehicles to work on and maintain that I've ever come across (There's a Top Gear episode dedicated to this very fact). I had to replace both my master and slave brake cylinders one day. 1.5 hour job with nothing but a socket set and no floor jack. Total price...$30. I rebuilt the entire front end of the engine:  new timing chain/sprocket/guides/chain cover/gaskets/oil pump/water pump/oil pan gasket...about 6 hours with a total price of $100. Again; socket set and no floor jack needed.
If everything in the world were engineered like this, we wouldn't know what to do with all our extra time and money. If you happen to have an older Toyota 4x4, don't ever, ever, ever get rid of it. You will still be able to drive it, even after a nuclear holocaust.

Open Discussion / Re: Beware Amplified Parts
« on: October 10, 2018, 08:11:43 AM »
Amplified Parts, CE Distribution and Antique Electronic Supply  customer services all share this address;  6221 S Maple Ave, Tempe, AZ 85283
Interestingly, they also have their hands in at least one other site:
(bottom of page says, "Copyright 2018 CE Distribution. All rights reserved.")

Open Discussion / Re: 250mH inductor?
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:51:54 PM »
Any leads on where to find a 250mH inductor?
Be careful on this one. You can't throw just any 250mH inductor in that circuit and have it sound good. Wah circuits are extremely finicky. I had two, original #44 Thomas Organ 250mH inductors that both measured at 248mH. They looked the same, and measured the same. Did they sound the same? No! They were completely different from each other. What accounted for the difference? Hard to say. This is where the mystic of vintage components comes in. I've had wah inductors that measured around 50mH that sound fantastic, and ones nearly dead on to the "magic" 500mH, that sounded putrid. The truth is, there is absolutely no specific value that sounds "the best". The inductor is only a small part of the equation in a wah. (In fact, it can be left out entirely. Look at how many inductorless wah projects there are. And most Auto-Wah/Filter circuits don't have an inductor in sight. Don't tell the boutique builders that try to sell you on their overpriced hype though.) Sometimes you can stumble onto a great-sounding wah using all the "wrong" parts.

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