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Build Reports / Cuatro Tonebender
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:40:45 PM »
got around to building  the mkiii so here is the group shot. simple builds and similar yet soooo different in tone and feel. lots of fun in this group!

mk1


mk1.5


mk11


mk111


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Build Reports / chorus and tremolo and delay oh my!
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:23:41 AM »
Completed a bunch of new builds the past couple weeks but waiting for paint to dry, kids starting school and a really sick dog, i'm finally getting around to putting knobs on and taking pictures. this will be the first wave of build reports.
first up is a 1776 cardinal tremolo. turned out great and love how it sounds. Shout out to Jon Patton for his insight on an issue I was having(me being a dumb-ass).


now a couple of madbean builds. Heres a Pork Barrel with MN3207. love this thing as an 80's child.


Now the Aquaboy. no modulation on this one. xvive mn3005. So perfect. I can't wait to start my Aquaboy DLX now. I cant turn it off. I'm using it as a faux reverb at the moment, its just works so much better with my tungsten amp than a reverb pedal.


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Build Reports / Tonebender MkII
« on: August 25, 2019, 05:15:46 PM »
Aion Tonebender MkII with ac125s I got from Lic pedals a while back. No deviations from the original schematic, pure vintage tone here. Rips thru my Tungsten Buckwheat. I did some painting yesterday so I'm boxing up 3 more build tomorrow so look out for 2 more benders and a pork barrel real soon.


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Open Discussion / Can't wait to get back to building
« on: August 20, 2019, 01:07:33 PM »
I'm off work till September 9th because I had carpal tunnel surgery last Wednesday.

 It's getting better everyday and later this week I'm gonna start working on some builds. I have a trio of tonebenders (mk1, mk1.5 and mkIII) an auqaboy and a pork barrel up first. Look out for build reports in the following week. So what builds do you guys have cooking up next?

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Build Reports / eqd tentacle
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:49:49 AM »
painted the enclosure earlier this week and threw it together last night. Pedalpcb squidward board. The enclosure was from a different project that I ended up not getting into so I salvaged it by filling the holes with jb weld putty. Turned out pretty good all things considered. Sounds good, I used to have a hoof reaper and always wanted the tentacle as a standalone pedal.



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Open Discussion / workstations...lets see them
« on: August 08, 2019, 07:56:31 PM »

I used to work from this diy workstation i made to build from my recording desk. it wasnt long before things got crowded. Parts everywhere, things falling over and builds became tedious. I was unorganized and my fun hobby was becoming a chore. So the past couple weeks I have been rearranging my "guitar" work bench and turned it into my all in one workstation for pedals.
Being a true diy champion and being on a budget, if i couldnt get it cheap or get what fit my needs I made it.

my drilling station

parts storage, $5 dollars at the salvation army

I have an all in one solder spool and iron holder/tip cleaner that I seperated to make feeding solder easier

I made this parts holder for builds. makes populating boards super easy and the work flow is great. its foam with aluminium for the tape to stick to.

My test rig because I learned the hard way to "RIBYBI"

but my newest addition is my homemade rotating pcb holder with removable helping hands and solder exhaust fan. look at all the lead and flux I'm not breathing anymore all in the carbon filter.


I'm really happy so far with it all but I know that soon I'll have changes to make but so far so good. Lets see what you guys are working with so I can get some more ideas and inspiration.
Chris


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Introductions / Hello from Detroit Rock City
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:12:06 AM »
Actually, Sterling Heights, a Detroit suburb. I'm Chris, a 36 yo husband, father of two girls and work in surgery/endoscopy at the Detroit Veterans Hospital. I've been lurking around her the past year or so and made an account this year. Like many musicians I got into diy by way of modding my gear to my taste. After modding and upgrading  all my guitars and tinkering with amps it was pedals that I found my love.
I started playing at 10. I was obssed all thru high school. I had crappy gear till I was 20. My only pedal for years was a boss ds-1 thru a solid state amp. During college I got more into partying and less playing. Between work and relationships I all but stopped playing. When I met my wife I had just started getting into finding my tone. She fully supported me and I fell down the rabbit hole.
After going  thru the guitar phase I have everything I want/need. I went thru the amp/pedal phase at the same time which I found was frustrating. I started hating pedals because I never settled on an amp and it wasn't until i got my tungsten buck wheat that I found a new love for pedals again.
I have built some kits in the past from GGG, byoc and mod kits but it was this site that took me from dipping a toe to jumping in head first. My search for a buzzaround led me to the bumble bee, and with this forum I took the jump and sold all my pedals and decided to build everything myself. The pedals I had, the pedals I want and the ones I can't find or afford. I'm hooked. Selling my pedals made it possible to buy so much stuff that I can make 4 times as many pedals as I had, and now I average 15 to 20 dollars a pedal to make. Thanks to you guys for all the knowledge and inspiration I now have found my true hobby. And being a husband, father and a full time job I can get the rush of starting a project, getting fast results and it's cheap. I'll be here posting now and plan to share my builds as I'm proud to be a part of this community.
Chris

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