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Open Discussion / Just a reminder
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:16:57 AM »
This is a thing that exists in the universe.

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Open Discussion / Call for tutorial submissions
« on: August 12, 2018, 06:29:52 AM »
The Tutorials page has not been updated in a long time and I would like to add content. In the coming months I plan on doing some new ones and most of them will be video. However, there are many members here that have done their own tutorials and it would be great to park some of them on madbeanpedals.

There are two categories I am looking for:

1) Externally linked: these are for people who have their own website or youTube tutorials already completed. I would include a brief description and a link your site or youTube video (or page). All credit will be given to you, of course.

2) Internally hosted: this category would include tutorials from any members who would like to write one and will be hosted on the Tutorials page. I would need to give final approval and some editing leeway but this would be totally minimal. They can be in pdf form and I would like the option to convert them into a webpage as well so it can be viewed "live" or downloaded. Again, full credit will be given to the writer and links provided to promote your own site/wares if you want.

One sub-category would be hosted tutorials for material already on the forum. If you've written one on the forum and would like it featured, I will convert it to a dedicated page with your credits and a link to the forum thread. I only need permission to use your words and any images you've uploaded here specifically for the tutorial.

If you'd like to participate, please post in this thread or email me (madbean AT I think this is a good way to expand the site some beyond just the forum which is not everyone's thing.

VFE Projects / 125B for Pinball, Standout and Dragon
« on: August 12, 2018, 03:53:09 AM »
While I do recommend the pre-drilled 1590B2 boxes from PPP, it may not be practical for overseas guys (or you may prefer to do your own). In any case, I have created a 125B drll template for the Pinball, Standout and Dragon projects if you prefer that size. It is un-tested but the pots and switch locations are the same as the 1590B2.

Zip contains pdf and PSD files.

Global Annoucements / Big Release Day! Free Donuts!
« on: August 10, 2018, 03:59:31 PM »
It's the biggest mbp release in months...starting now!

mbp UberTuber, VFE Distortion3, Standout, Pinball and Dragon. More Wigl and Current Lover. 3PDT bypass boards are now sold as singles and are only $1 per board!

Best for last - all orders starting today will receive a free Donut with every order (limit one donut per customer). No, this is not a joke. You will get a "Donut". It's cherry filled and calorie dense. While supplies last.

Now for the one bit of bad news - I had expected to offer up about 20 or so UberTubers with a 6111 tube. I only got them in yesterday and the first one I tested was bad. Right now, I just don't have time to deal with trying to figure out testing all the tubes I got, so it's a no go. Maybe next week I can figure it out and offer the tube for sale...but it's too much of a risk to offer them now.

Global Annoucements / Shop Tour...part1 !
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:53:00 PM »
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Open Discussion / Any welders here?
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:54:02 AM »
I have some n00b welding questions. Anyone here that can answer them?

Open Discussion / Coming tour - opinions?
« on: August 06, 2018, 10:50:37 AM »
This weekend I cleaned and re-organized the shop so I thought now would be the best time to do a little video tour. Just for fun. Anyway, for those who are interested: are there any specific topics or questions you want me to cover? Otherwise this might be a two minute video!

Open Discussion / Blackened is the end
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:54:32 AM »
Winter it will send...

Global Annoucements / Search crash
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:44:16 AM »
The search database on the forum has crashed so search is not currently working. I will look into repairing it this weekend but before doing anything I'll need to get some fresh backups and restore points made. We don't want a repeat of 2016 where we lost 6 months of posts.

In the meantime, please refrain from using the search function...since it won't do anything anyway. I'm pretty sure it crashed on Tuesday because I had a connection error on the forum for the first time in like a year.

Open Discussion / NGD
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:11:08 PM »
As per usual, I buy a guitar and then figure out how to pay for it later! Needless to say, some gear will be leaving the beancave to fund this purchase.

However, I got this a a very fair price. Ever since I bought my SGJ in 2014 I'd been lusting after a higher-end SG. I stopped myself from buying a 2016 T P90 several times, even going so far as to install P90's in the SGJ. But, I saw this one and knew the time was right. It's in great condition...a few light scratches on the pickguard but otherwise whole. The seller got it out fast and while I don't think he packed it terribly well it arrived undamaged so I can't complain.

This guitar kills. Within a couple minutes I knew I made the right decision. It plays so, so great. And it also sounds terrific. Raw, and brighter than my SGJ. It's a rock and roll machine! plus, light as can be. Only needs a hard case...someday.

Global Annoucements / Auction for digi2t - please read!
« on: July 28, 2018, 06:50:56 AM »
If you did not know, Dino (digi2t), who is a long standing member of the DIY community, has recently experienced a serious health crisis. You can read all about it here:

There is currently a GoFundMe campaign to help defray some of the expenses his family is accumulating. I made a small contribution to it but I think I could do more. Given my own recent health crisis and the response I received here makes me wanna!

Anyway, I'm offering up a batch of the soon to be released projects: VFE Standout, Pinball, Dragon, Distortion 3 and an mbp Uber Tuber WITH a 6111 tube included. All of the proceeds will go to the GoFundMe page and the winner gets free shipping, too.

The starting price for the Auction is $25 and will go through Monday night @ 11:59pm CST. If you want to bid just post it here. The highest bid submitted by the deadline will win.

Open Discussion / New Tape Deck Day
« on: July 27, 2018, 05:15:01 PM »
This is my second Onkyo of this model. I had one through most over the 90's which I used for mixing down 4-track recordings. Sometime in the 2000's I had this in a closet and without thinking about it I put a heavy car speaker on top of it which completely destroyed the heads. I probably should have kept it and attempted a repair but I didn't. Anyway, I still have tons of mixdown tapes and band rehearsals I want to digitize so I picked this one up for a fairly reasonable price. I could use my Tascam for transfers but I'm trying to save that just for 4-track recordings since I don't know how much longer it will keep working!

This is a nice deck with high speed dubbing and a record level knob. Really heavy, too.

Global Annoucements / Coming September - Premium Limited Runs
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:12:11 AM »
I'm starting a new series of projects called "Premium Limited Runs". Might be a hokey name but hey it fits. What's special about these?

- Updated classic/discontinued mbp projects. Maybe a couple new ones here or there.
- Done with premium PCB quality - gold plated pads and matte black silk screen.
- Includes soft-touch bypass.
- Fitted for either 1590B2 or 125B enclosures with top mounted jacks.
- Some parts will be included such as the micro-controller and relay for the switching, some of the power supply components, plus any specialty parts that are required.
- These will be "limited" in that they will only have one run - once they are sold they're gone.
- These projects will be more expensive but you will get a lot of value for the added $$.
- We'll start around the first week of September and there will be a new project every month for the rest of 2018.

The first project will be the EgoDriver. The next project in October will be the "For Fuzz Sake".

Here's an example of what to expect!

Global Annoucements / New VFE pushed back a bit.
« on: July 23, 2018, 07:08:59 PM »
I had mid-July listed for the VFE/Uber Tuber releases but it will be towards the end of the 1st week of August, I believe. This is due to something special that will happen with the release. So, it should be

Distortion 3
mbp Uber Tuber
and, special surprise!

Finally, something fun after several months!

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