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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!

Here's what I got out of this: "Hey, my name's Bruce and I live in Marble Falls."  MARBLE FREAKIN' FALLS!

Dude... next time I get a bit of time off, I'm coming to see you.  Then I'm gonna hit up my favorite vineyard, Spicewood.  God, I love Marble Falls.

LOL!  Sorry daleykd, the package came from Marble Falls.  I live in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada ( where it's -14C/6.8F and there's 2 feet of snow.  We do have wineries, but right now it's all cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and praying for warmer weather.

It might be small consolation price-wise, but here's my recent experience with USPS international flats vs. 1st Class International:

USPS international flat (UA prefix):

Nothing recorded by USPS or Canada Post since:

January 15, 2018, 12:48 pm
In Transit to Next Facility
The item is currently in transit to the next facility as of January 15, 2018.

January 14, 2018, 12:48 pm
In Transit to Next Facility

January 13, 2018, 12:48 pm
In Transit to Next Facility

January 12, 2018, 5:48 am
Departed USPS Regional Facility

January 12, 2018, 2:14 am
Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility

January 11, 2018, 2:55 pm
USPS picked up item

January 11, 2018, 9:57 am
Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item

So, shipped Jan. 11 and currently in limbo.  Transit time: 42 days

First Class International (LZ prefix):

2018/02/21   11:08   SALMON ARM, BC   Delivered to your community mailbox, parcel locker or apt./condo mailbox       
2018/02/21   07:02   SALMON ARM, BC   Item out for delivery       
2018/02/21   06:35   SALMON ARM, BC   Item processed      
2018/02/20   02:54   RICHMOND, BC   Item processed       
2018/02/19   07:29   RICHMOND, BC   Item has arrived in Canada and was sent for further processing.       
2018/02/16   07:44   USMIAA, USA   International item has left originating country and is en route to Canada       
2018/02/13   00:29   37075, USA   International item mailed in originating country

So, shipped Feb. 13 and now delivered.  Transit time: 9 days

2-3 times the cost, but it gets delivered!

Yes, I'll wait until I want few boards before ordering, but I'll get them sooner!

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Quad Box Extension Cord
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:52:22 PM »
Sorry if this is a really basic electronics question, but ... I'm interested in building a quad box extension cord to throw in my gig bag.  It seems like every DIY posting out there is followed by dire warnings in posted comments.

Are these truly a bad idea safety-wise or can I build one following online instructions.  Any advice appreciated.

Hey JR.  Interested in your bass pedal ideas.  Curious though, would the circuits you mentioned be stock BOMs or with components tweaked for bass.  I'm not much of a guitar player and even less of a bass player, but interested in adding some compression, drive and octave or chorus options for a Jazz Bass.  Thanks.

Open Discussion / Re: pickup conundrum.
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:06:49 PM »
Re: your "What would you people do?" question, I'd first adjust the height and bass>treble side angle of the pickups (bridge first, then neck to match/balance/complement the bridge) and see if I could get the sound/tone I was after.  If I couldn't, then I'd Google a lot to see what pickups might take me in the direction I was missing in the pickups I had (i.e. more or less ... whatever ...).  If that turned out to be jimilee's 490r and 498t, then I'd look at those for sure (or the SD 59 bridge and SD Jazz neck that I'll be posting after my Creamery pickups get here!).  If not, there's lots out there to choose from and all reviews I've read say it's mighty hard to go wrong with timbo_93631's pickups.  My 2 bits.

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