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Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:47:56 PM »
Went to see The Proclaimers last night.  I thought they were great.  Very tight and working hard even after all these years.  Definitely not relying on touring the one hit album either. 

Anyhoo, this was the opener:

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One girl, one vocal mic, one guitar into a mic'd Pro Junior.  Super-impressed at her composure and vocal range, never mind the finger-style ... which I can't do for the life of me ...

Build Reports / Re: An apology
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:58:33 PM »
Well, that explains why I couldn't find the pcb website when I googled "ProfessorPoopyPedalPanorama" ...  :o

Requests / Re: Way ?uge
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:42:38 PM »
Isn't the Aquaboy kind of an Aqua-Puss when you add the optional modulation board?  Might have that wrong though, I kind just buy PCBs, stuff parts then try to make sounds like I heard when I was a kid!

Open Discussion / Can you see my weener?
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:43:48 AM »
I'm working stage crew this weekend for the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival.  Last night The Family Stone were the headliners.  The backline folks didn't have enough wahs to go around (LOL!), so I loaned my MB Weener Wah to the lead male vocalist/keys/guitar player.  Crappy picture from my cell cam, but it's the bright green LED pedal he's playing with here on Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).

It sounded way better than when I play it!  Thanks Brian for a great project!

Open Discussion / Re: NGD + Opinions Wanted
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:53:44 PM »
Honestly Id play it like it is for a while before changing anything. You never know it could turn out to be great the way it is once its been broken in a bit.

If not I vote ...

SD Twang Banger Strat bridge with a Tele gold foil neck.   But then, I did almost every mod and swap except that on a sweet-feeling MIM strat and still never bonded with it ... so traded it for a Tele!


I'm rubbish at pictures, but a couple of recent builds:


VFE boards from Madbean.  Faceplates from Haberdasher.  Love them both.  They'll replace the Cardinal tremolo and CAYA chorus on my pedalboard before band starts back up in the fall.

Also rehoused a Classic Tremolo from JMK PCBs. 


Nice sounds, but a little switch click that I can't get rid of.  Offering it up as-is for $25 USD (tracked shipping cost more-or-less) along with a populated, JMK Super Phaser PCB.  PM if interested.


Damn, just put those up on the site and they'll fly of the shelves...ummm...baker's racks...

umm, yeah ... I could use one for sure.   Might save some enclosures.  Half of my 125B builds either have DC jacks colliding with PCBs or TR jacks colliding with lip on the back cover   :-[

Build Reports / Re: Lots of issues with madbean projects.
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:49:34 PM »
FWIW, I've never had an issue with a Madbean board.  And I've built many of them.

Me too.  Well, at least no issues that didn't trace back to me ...

Build Reports / Re: Bluesbreaker
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:55:55 PM »
Your builds are incredible.  Nice work!

Global Annoucements / Re: health vs. mbp
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:55:07 PM »
Damn. Sorry to hear about your health travails Brian.  Positive thoughts and hopes for speedy diagnosis.  MBP can wait stock- and development-wise, but please let us know how you're doing now and then?  Super-best wishes. 

Sorry, if I deserve a Darwin award for contemplating this, but at least I'm asking before doing?!?

In briefest terms, I'd like to put a Mackie Mix8 compact mixer on one of my pedalboards and - for cable management reasons - feed it onboard power.  However, my Voodoo Lab ISO-5 doesn't pump enough current at 18V. 

The original PSU is this one, but it's too big to fit under the board and is a US wall plug-style and all I've got are IEC Y-cable extension cords for driving my PSUs.

So, I thought I'd pick up a chassis mount IEC receptacle ( plus one of these compact power supplies (, then wire the IEC ground to the pedalboard and the IEC + and - to the PSU prongs, apply shrink tubing and tape and consider it done.

Is there a reason this wouldn't be safe?  Are there better options? 

VFE Projects / Re: Blues King
« on: March 06, 2018, 09:25:04 PM »
Great to hear!  Got the PCB.  Just waiting on parts.

Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: 4:1 - I lifted a pad ...
« on: February 25, 2018, 02:36:04 AM »
ARGH!  You're right guys, I colored the wrong R2 pad.  Thanks for the correction and repair tips.  Much appreciated.

Tech Help - Projects Page / 4:1 - I lifted a pad ...
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:16:00 PM »
Hi All.  In building a 4:1 I somehow got a little sloppy with solder and infilled one of the pads for R2 (see red dot below):

Things went from bad to worse when I lifted the infilled R2 pad on the component side of the board while removing the excess solder.

I didn't test continuity before my mishap, so looking for advice:

Looking at the schematic, I'm thinking I should have continuity from one side of R2 to the positive side of C10 ... and I do.  [Yay!!]

However, it also looks like I should have continuity from the other side of R2 (red dot) to pin 3 of IC 1 and one side of C1.  Unfortunately, I don't.  There's continuity from pin 3 of IC 1 to one side of C1, but neither has continuity with R2. 

Does this mean I've burned out the red dot side of R2?  Can I fix this by soldering a jumper between that point (red dot) and pin 3 of IC1? 

Any observations or advice would be appreciated.


No idea about phase inversion, but I used a little vero blend circuit ( and a capacitor switch to turn a Pork Barrel into a CE-2B.  Works great!

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