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Tech Help - Projects Page / Quieter than expected Tonebender
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:17:13 PM »
Sooooo, I built one of the 2017 Tonebender boards from the “classics” section of the shop. When I got it done and fired it up, it was considerably quieter than I expected it to be. I’m pretty sure I had a bad trimpot because the voltage jumped back and forth like crazy with just minor adjustments. I also thought changing R8 for a higher value might increase output. I listed a bunch of different transistors to try out too.
Now, some time has passed and I got back around to it. I replaced the trimpots and removed R8 and put in sockets. I already had sockets in for the transistors.
So, trimpots are good and I was able to easily and accurately adjust bias.
I played around with R8 and settled on 1k5.
I tried a bunch of different transistors in various combinations.
Still, it seems like this thing should be louder overall than it is. I have to set the fuzz control pretty high and keep the volume control close to max just to be a bit above unity.
It’s not even close to the first pedal I’ve built but it is my first Tonebender. Silicon or otherwise.
Is it just not that loud of a circuit?
Am I missing something?

I haven't done anything with PnP blue but I've done plenty of color waterslide decals with my Brother HL-3170CDW
That's two votes!
Before I went to using a color printer, I also had good luck with my Brother HL-L2380DW for black printing and toner transfers. I still have it and use it anytime I don't need anything in color.

Build Reports / Orange Phaser (stage fright)
« on: January 22, 2017, 10:20:04 PM »
Started this one a while back but was missing the LM13700's
It sat on the back burner for a few months but still finally got it wrapped up.
The decal ended up a bit to the right of center and the "n" of stun is a little bit under the washer for the toggle...... oh well, live and learn. It does sound great though!

Build Reports / Klon Centaur clone
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:25:21 AM »
Built this on an Aion Electronics board.
Turned out pretty great if I do say so myself!
Didn't get a gutshot but it's pretty clean. Two of the pots had to be wired off board to make the layout work. I wanted to go with a traditional theme with an obvious twist!

Open Discussion / Soft-touch relay switching
« on: December 28, 2016, 08:46:18 AM »
So I've built a few switching circuits that are available out there. I'm thinking about putting my own layout together. Before I order parts to start breadboarding I have a question.
The ones I've built use a 5V regulator and relays with 5V coils. There are similarly sized relays that have 9V coils. Why not just use the 9V relays and eliminate the regulator?
Most trannies or IC's that might be used in such circuits are rated for well known her 9V.
Why use a regulated 5V supply for these switching circuits?

Open Discussion / Has anyone used this supplier?
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:58:04 AM »

Someone shared a link on a facebook post.
Looks like there might be some good deals there if it's all legit stuff......
Anybody heard of em, tried em?

Open Discussion / Re: Enclosures for loop switchers
« on: November 21, 2016, 08:39:23 AM »
Thanks for the links! There are a couple of sizes that I might be able to use.

Nothing at all against Hammond, they're good quality and easy to source but,
Any other Suggestions? Maybe someone has a "secret source" they'd be willing to share.?.?.?

Open Discussion / Enclosures for loop switchers
« on: November 20, 2016, 08:29:15 PM »
Does anyone know where to find different sizes of these?
I've seen the 1032L types on Smallbear and the like.
What if I just want to build a looper with three loops/switches?
Or if I want to go bigger with eight loops/switches and still have reasonable spacing between switches?
Maybe I need to try some different filtering options over at Mouser........

Global Annoucements / Re: 2016 BOTY contest is live!
« on: November 17, 2016, 05:53:09 PM »
Time to test out some new enclosure etching techniques!

Requests / Re: veroboard layout
« on: October 19, 2016, 06:14:21 AM »

Bunch of cool stuff here too.

Open Discussion / The good folks at Small Bear...
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:40:37 AM »
I ordered a White 1590B with my last order. The invoice was correct but they accidentally picked/shipped a Black enclosure instead.
I sent them a copy of the invoice with an email explaining the mix-up. I said I'd be happy to send back the black box if they'd send along the white one I wanted.
I waited a couple of days but didn't see a response so I figured I'd just send back the wrong one with the original invoice and hope for the best.
Before I could get to it, I got an email back from them with a tracking number for the new white enclosure. They apologized for the mistake and said I could keep the black box for the inconvenience!
That's good business! I've seen a few posts about having some trouble with orders from them as well as others. Overall I've had pretty good luck with orders from multiple vendors. I just like to take the time to point out the good stuff too.
So, thanks for taking care of me Small Bear!

now where did I put that list of pots I need to order............

General Questions / Re: Mini toggle switch on Moar Overdrive?
« on: October 12, 2016, 12:04:12 PM »
Not a bad call. Maybe I'll guinea pig this idea once I get around to building mine.

General Questions / Re: Mini toggle switch on Moar Overdrive?
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:43:22 AM »
Nope, I don't see any risk of damage. You might just end up with a less than ideal setting in the middle position.
If you decide to give it a whirl, make sure to report back and let us know what you think. I have plans to build one of these in the near future so I'd be interested to see what you think.

General Questions / Re: Mini toggle switch on Moar Overdrive?
« on: October 12, 2016, 06:54:33 AM »

Just looked at the schematic again.
The switch in the UP position will have one set of diodes in the circuit.
The switch in the DOWN position will have the other set of diodes in the circuit.
Depending on how the pinout of the switch matches up with the board, the middle position would give you either BOTH sets of diodes in the circuit or NEITHER set of diodes in the circuit.
Could still be an interesting option to explore......?

General Questions / Re: Mini toggle switch on Moar Overdrive?
« on: October 12, 2016, 06:48:58 AM »

Check this page out for a bunch of diagrams on how different switches work.

Looking at the schematic, the toggle is switching two separate sets of clipping diodes in or out of the circuit.
The on-on-on toggle would work as intended with the switch in the up or down position.
The way the contacts work with the on-on-on would mean that in the middle position, one set of diodes would be in the circuit and the other would be out. You should get a sort of "middle" setting between soft and hard clipping.
Might be a cool third option to try out.......?

So, in this case I think changing the switch would work. However, DPDT on-on-on switches are NOT always an acceptable substitute for DPDT on-on or on-off-on switches.

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