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"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.

Open Discussion / Re: I'm done with Line6 gear - hardware and software
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:25:34 PM »
"Fruit stripe gum. I think it was Charlton Heston's favorite."
           ~Methods and Applications of Linear Models: Regression and the Analysis of Variance by Ronald R. Hocking

TheHumanComparator (the seller for the SY-1) also had another project, the TTSH 2600 (an ARP2600 clone.) He's also done the Serge TKB, and some other things.
I guess now I kind of see where that original post was coming from, though the information was so cryptic and disconnected, it's hard not to view it as spam.
And looking over some older posts from the user "stringsthings", the more recent posts don't seem like the same person at all. Stringsthings used to use emoticons all the time and had a polished/readable cadence to their sentences. This "new" stringsthings doesn't type the same, or think the same, and has made a lot of references to falling asleep with several "zzzzzzzzzzzzz's". It's very strange. Maybe that was the goal, but I think it's befuddled everyone here.

This is starting to get a bit tiresome. Perhaps all the Joker/Batman escapades have led to people not taking you very seriously. I'm all for fun but...
Nailed it.
I saw that same item, same pictures, posted on a fake posting here (that was locked, then deleted). Although there is nothing wrong with one user having multiple accounts, there also doesn't seem to be any logical reason for it, especially when selling items. Why list the exact same item under two different accounts? What's the angle?
The information listed isn't even accurate:  "the seller has cloned an ARP2600". No, the Syncussion SY-1 was a unique device originally made by Pearl in 1979. It has nothing to do with an ARP2600. It's a drum machine. The pictured item is just a knockoff of that Pearl unit.
People see red flags in listings and practices like that. Why all the misdirection? Nothing about any of this makes any sense.

Open Discussion / Re: New Waza
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:52:19 AM »
Wow. Boss really takes some shots at the DIY community with their wording:  "The genuine BOSS and Roland Dimension effect is back"..."the DC-2W is the only pedal available that delivers the classic Dimension experience with complete sonic authenticity."
So Boss has sourced some original Panasonic MN3007s for this? (highly unlikely, if they did, they would be gloating about it all over that page...featuring original BBD technology!). As we already know, the clones made by the DIY community are actually more accurate to the original than their digital recreations.

note: The actual effect used in the recordings are hhypothesized to be a Roland AP-7 "Jet Phaser"...
I guess the Isley Brothers were time travelers. "That Lady" (the funky version), was recorded in 1973. The Roland AP-7 came out in 1975.
As with pretty much every Phasey-sounding tone that nobody can figure out, it's almost always a Maestro PS-1a. That should be the first guess every time, but it's always the last thing considered. Whenever in doubt, always guess the Maestro PS-1a.

Open Discussion / Re: Topopiccione gone
« on: October 02, 2018, 07:30:39 AM »
His logic is kind of like preventing a hospital from practicing reckless medicine by burning the building to the ground.
Interesting illustration. Remember what happened on May 14, 2017 (the WannaCry virus)? When the time is right, we won't have to burn any hospitals to the ground. The Internet will do it for us.

Open Discussion / Topopiccione gone
« on: September 30, 2018, 11:57:37 PM »
I'm not sure when this happened, but it's unfortunate that another classic source of guitar pedal information is gone. I do agree very much with the reasons given though. It's definitely worth a read, especially the paragraph under "Tired of internet".

Open Discussion / Re: General Guitar Gadgets 15% Off Everything Till 10/3
« on: September 27, 2018, 10:53:39 PM »
Just wondering - has anyone been able to but anything with that discount code?  I tried & entered the code, but I keep getting an 'invalid code' error and no discount.  No big deal, I certainly don't need anything, but I was wondering if others saw the same thing.

Yeah. Doesn't work. I didn't even get the "invalid code" message. It didn't do anything.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:42:49 AM »
Well thats a shitter.
Funny choice of words. In another false-origin story, it's claimed that the acronym s.h.i.t. (ship high in transit) referenced an old shipping practice for transporting explosive methane-producing cargo up high so the ship didn't blow up (why do these stories almost always involve ships?). This is also a false etymology, but tons of people still believe it, "because it was on them Internets". Personally I find these kind of made-up stories distressing. Who is making this stuff up, and the better question is...why?? I would say, if anybody tells you a word or phrase came from old shipping practices, it's made up.

Open Discussion / Re: New home page
« on: September 19, 2018, 08:14:57 AM »
Get ready for the greatest ride of your life:

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