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Build Reports / Re: Sailor Moon set of 1590G projects
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:25:02 PM »
Out of curiosity,  is the sawse using one of the new re-issue vactrols?

Yeah, I ordered a few from Small Bear. Seems to work okay but the effect isn't quite as pronounced as I had expected. I'll probably socket the next one a lot and try messing around with some other component values too.

Build Reports / Sailor Moon set of 1590G projects
« on: August 10, 2019, 12:39:37 AM »
Inspired by my daughter's love of Sailor Moon, we've just finished a set of all ten 1590G projects including the discontinued Sawse. We built them in 1590B enclosures though. Definitely easier to work with and still a good fit for the control layouts.
I had the idea right after Brian released the "G" projects but we just finally got around to finishing them.
We're going to be debuting them at a local gamer/anime/comic con her in Jackson, MI on August 24th. We'll have a table set up in the Vendor's hall with some other game/anime inspired builds.
Just need to finish making up some cables and getting everything wired up!

Open Discussion / Easier ordering 1/8W resistors from Tayda
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:45:19 AM »
There are a bunch of things I don’t mind ordering from Tayda. I’ve never had any problems with their resistors and ordering the 1/4W metal films is super simple with their “easy ordering” page. I’ve started having a couple of PCBs made recently that are laid out for 1/8W resistors and thought “sure would be nice if they had that option for those too”.
So I sent them a message via Facebook. They responded pretty fast and it looks like it’ll be happening soon!

General Questions / Re: Source for scored ribbon cable?
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:55:25 AM »
Mouser is out of the six conductor which is what I was using. They do have some eight conductor stuff as well. It works for me perfectly (better than the six actually) because I can trim off two wires and use them from the DC jack to the board and still have the six conductors left to go from the main board to my bypass boards.

General Questions / Re: Source for scored ribbon cable?
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:51:32 AM »

I want to try ordering some printed enclosures but haven't done it before. Can anyone share their process for getting graphics onto their templates and submitted for printing? I'll probably try messing with it tonight a little bit.
I do all of my graphics in Inkscape and have been printing decals on my own. I just want to make sure I'm getting it right before I spend a lot of money in trial and error.
Mammoth has a minimum order of 10 pieces to get the price break on the setup fees, PPP is 20......
PPP has far more options for powder coat colors. Mammoth will do custom colors but.....
Anyway, pros/cons to both and any tips on successfully submitting print templates would be greatly appreciated!

General Questions / Re: No film decal paper
« on: April 09, 2019, 02:06:46 AM »
I really want to try this stuff and I've ordered it twice from Amazon, both times it showed up without the glue....
The listing I'm ordering from clearly states that it comes with the glue.....
Not sure if it's worth fighting with them over. Is there somewhere I can order just the glue? Or is there something else that would work just as well?

General Questions / Re: Non-Threaded toggle switches
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:56:50 PM »
Yeah, $4 isn't too bad for just one. But there's not much of a price break for higher quantities and I definitely need more than one.....
I'll have a look at Arrow!

General Questions / Re: Non-Threaded toggle switches
« on: February 23, 2019, 12:45:21 PM »
I started trying to filter through some toggles on Mouser last night. I’m pretty sure I found some things that would work but, at $4 each.
I was hoping someone might have another suggestion......

General Questions / Non-Threaded toggle switches
« on: February 23, 2019, 02:42:48 AM »
I've got a couple of boards that have pretty tight control layouts. I was thinking of using the toggles that have smooth shafts/bushings and don't use any nuts/washers. Kind of like what you might find on a lot of Electro Harmonix and other pedals. I'd like to save as much room as possible for labeling the controls without having to move the lettering too far away from the switch.
Does anyone know where I can find some of these that would work as direct replacements for the typical threaded shaft switches that everyone stocks?
I suppose I could just use the regular ones and leave off the nut and washer but that would look a bit...... unresolved.

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?

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