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I don't know what it is about 5AR4s but I've heard people complaining about problems with that model for years now.  I normally like JJ tubes just fine (and I've never had any problems with a JJ other than this one and a stray EL84 that blew quickly), but my 5AR4 from them blew out in record time.  This in a 15W Lightning style amp.

FWIW, the people at the Trinity Amps and many of its forumites all swear by the Chinese tube.  They say they aren't super fond Chinese tubes in general, but that their 5AR4s are better than the Russian and Slovakian models that are currently being produced.  More robust, they claim.  They're cheap as chips so it might be worth a look.

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Open Discussion / Re: Acoustic guitar string question
« on: October 29, 2019, 10:18:28 AM »
Not a big fan of metal, but I do like those newer-aged plastic picks (e.g. V-Picks, etc)  I think they're made of some kind of acrylic.  Especially if you're a pickdropper, the combination of more thickness and the tackiness of the plastic might be something you'd like.  I have a couple and I'm pretty fond of one design in particular.  It has a more serverely bevelled edge that makes it easier to get a bright, clear attack.

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Build Reports / Re: Octavus
« on: August 04, 2019, 09:53:09 AM »
The OCD side of my brain is drowning in a vat of its own gooey endorphins right now.

The board.  The complete lack of visible wiring.  Even the solder joints look absolutely perfect.

Gorgeous.

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Build Reports / Re: FV1 Qubit
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:43:13 AM »
Great build.  Very swanky.  I can feel the cold, clean modernism through my cold, clean modern screen. 

I would also like to know how you made the cutout--it's really tidy and impressive.

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General Questions / Re: Small Good Distortion in 1590A box
« on: July 20, 2019, 10:14:29 AM »
If the Distortion+ has enough gain for you, then that's the ticket.  It's a good sounding circuit and it's really easy to mod because of its simplicity and the fact that there's so much great info out there already.

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General Questions / Re: Small Good Distortion in 1590A box
« on: July 19, 2019, 08:39:04 AM »
I think the Distortion+ is a good choice.  Maybe it's a sentimental fav for me because it was the first pedal I built, but it's flexible, sounds good, is simple to build and easy to mod (I think Brian Wampler's mods are all over the place and he does a good job of laying things out).  One reservation, though: make sure it has enough gain for you.  I think a lot of people would consider it more an OD than a distortion.  I don't have a strong opinion.  With the gain maxxed it's got a fair bit of gain, but it's never over the top.  It also functions well as a cleanish boost and OD.  But if you're thinking you want heavy metal levels of distortion you're going to be disappointed.

I think it would be a mistake to just discount LM386 based designs out of hand.  There are a lot of designs out there and they can sound quite different from one another.  Purple plexi?  Smash drive?  They also tend to be compact, which is going be awfully important for you if you're dead set on stripboarding into a A-size enclosure!


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Open Discussion / Re: Worth switching op amps on a Klon Klone?
« on: July 13, 2019, 09:00:53 AM »

The boost tone favor with a big Klon flavor...it's not the chip, it's my burr-brown saver. I gots more treble than a lime green saber. Just tube that screamer with a dope fresh neighbor.

This made my morning.

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Build Reports / Re: Economy memory man, a simple analog delay
« on: July 04, 2019, 09:40:31 PM »
Another amazing build.  I bow down to you and the helpful Oompa-Loompa you hire to use his tiny little hands to finish the wiring!

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Open Discussion / Re: New Bass Day!!!
« on: July 04, 2019, 09:37:26 PM »
Nice!

I built a 335 guitar kit from the same place.  I reshaped the neck to make it narrower, did a complete fret level and crown, cut a new bone nut, and then completely replaced the pickups (with a duncan Alnico Pro II in the neck and the slash signature APII in the bridge--they were the most vintage style I could find relatively cheap used on eBay at the time and wow, they're great...the slash pickup in particular is the cat's ass), all the electronics and all the hardware.  Finished with keda dye and truoil, it really turned out great. 

Does it have the imitation rosewood fingerboard on yours?  (I just clicked in the link and it appears so?)  That's really the only part of the kit that I'm unhappy with.  Mine is already flaking off--the little strips of fibre are peeling off of the surface of the board resulting in pitting.  I'm considering putting a finish on the fingerboard.  How's the board on yours?  Did your bro finish it, or leave it raw?  How's it working for you?

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Open Discussion / Re: EHX Klein Bottle
« on: July 04, 2019, 09:29:18 PM »
I just saw this and figured it was getting notice here.  While the feature set is spartan, the main idea and the layout is a straight rip off.  Kind of sad.  On the other hand, it's a great idea and now it'll reach a more mainstream audience.  I guess that's a bit of a silver lining.

EHX should make a donation to Peter's teaching charity/teaching endeavor, if that's still going on.  Not going to hold my breath on that, though.

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Open Discussion / Re: Your suggestions on overdrives for mbp
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:56:59 PM »
I second the idea of thinking about enclosures as well as boards.  PedalPCB's having standard designs and then getting Tayda to sell predrilled enclosures is shockingly great.  You can do 'em up fancy if you like, but in general taking away one of the two most tedious parts of a build has made me want to build more than normal.  Doing faceplates is another great idea.

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Open Discussion / Re: How important is soldering technique to you?
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:46:58 PM »
It's important to me because an intermittent solder joint is probably the single worst thing to troubleshoot in our hobby.  If good solder technique can keep me from going there, then I'm a fan.

I was wondering how often you guys change the tip on your irons.  Because I've been using the same one for a long time now--counting age in years--and it's still going strong.  Leaded solder on a good quality station (I have a Hakko but it's the older one with the dial for temperature control), and I'm a hobbiest so it's not like I'm using it for hours every day.  But it's surely got hundreds of hours on it.  I bought a new tip a few months ago out of a sense of obligation, but I haven't installed it yet.

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General Questions / Re: Trouhbleshooting an Aion L5 Lab Series Preamp
« on: June 10, 2019, 10:52:09 AM »
If there's no voltage at all on pin 8 when you pull the IC then I totally agree with you: replacing the CA3080s with known genuine units is the next logical step.

I have some personal experience with fakes like you describe.  I got a few off ebay from China a few years ago and they were branded intersil and they were fake.  Really, really fake.

Small Bear just got a new shipment of 3080s in so sourcing real ones is easy enough.  Let us know how it works out.

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General Questions / Re: Trouhbleshooting an Aion L5 Lab Series Preamp
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:22:31 PM »
First thing that jumped out at me was that Pin 8 on one of your 3080s (IC11) has full positive voltage.  According to the schematic and normal use of those chips, that should be no contact.  So that's the first thing I'd look at.  Solder bridge?  Something amiss in that area?

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Build Reports / Re: BIG germanium MUFF
« on: May 25, 2019, 06:54:18 PM »
Welcome, and congrats on your build!

I wouldn't worry about the wiring.  If somebody strated a thread asking members to post the wiring jobs on their first few builds, you'd stop being so hard on yourself.

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