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Build Reports / Re: The Royal Albert Hall Pedal
« on: Today at 07:08:04 AM »
Great enclosure.  Shadowy and mysterious in all the best ways.  A looker.

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Build Reports / Re: Second build. Slow loris.
« on: September 19, 2018, 02:32:51 AM »
Put me down for a rabbit if she starts freelancing.

+1 to that!

I see bunnypedals.com in someone's future...

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Open Discussion / Re: FX PCB List?
« on: September 14, 2018, 06:08:12 PM »
Tonepad (boards also available at small bear)
http://www.tonepad.com/

Offically Licensed Circuits (does PCBs of some classic runoffgroove designs - pcb only option on pedal pages)
http://www.olcircuits.com/olcpedals.html

Coda Effects
www.coda-effects.com

Arcadia Electronics
http://www.arcadiaelectronics.com

And Jack Orman sells a few boards for some of his designs, although he seems to be moving towards surface mount premades
http://www.muzique.com/pcb.htm

Disclaimer: I have not actually purchased boards from all of these sites.  Only Tonepad (good experience).  I just know of them.




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Open Discussion / Re: Most Popular Pedal Effect To Be Cloned
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:38:58 PM »
I think the list is solid, but I'd add the Bluesbreaker + variants (King of Tone/Morning Glory) -- provided, of course, you think it's different enough from the TS to merit it's own mention.  (I think it is.)

I would maybe add the Dyna Comp/Ross Comp, too.  And possibly the Rangemaster.

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General Questions / Re: Transistor quality.
« on: September 11, 2018, 04:59:23 PM »
I think the short answer is that it doesn't matter provided they work, and the best way to find that out is to socket them and give them a try.  It's not a rare or expensive part so the chances of you getting fakes shouldn't really be that high.  But you never know.  Trust your ears.

It terms of measurements, the measure that most people would go by is hfe.  Whether you want higher or lower hfe is a matter of taste--some people even use MPSA18s and those are as high gain as you can get.  The circuit is flexible and IME sounds good with most any type of transistor.  You just end up with a slightly different flavour of distortion.  I'd socket and try a higher gain set and a lower gain set.  Then you'll have a good idea which you prefer and can go from there.

I think there is a Coda Effects blog post about the muff that talks about transistor choice.  It summarizes a lot of the talk in the community about this.
https://www.coda-effects.com/2015/11/big-muff-mods-and-tweaks.html

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Open Discussion / Re: Duplicate listings from Japan
« on: September 08, 2018, 07:01:35 PM »
I don't bother watching the listings of Japanese sellers anymore.  I don't think they will ever get caught because nobody will ever buy their items.

I've seen this many times.  I own a 1968 Guild Starfire V, so I follow vintage Starfires (all models) on eBay just to keep track of the value.  Depending on the specific model and assuming good condition or better, they should sell for $1200 - $2000.  A legitimate retailer might ask as high as $2500, but they won't get it.  For them it is a starting point to cut a deal or take a trade.

These Japanese sellers list them for between $3200 and $4200 - 2 or 3 times the value.  The same guitar (they foolishly show photos of the serial numbers!!!) can be simultaneously listed by 3 or 4 sellers.  It never occurred to me that they were brokers, I guess that makes sense.

Japanese sellers definitely have high prices for some items, but I'm not sure I agree with your conclusion.  Older American-made guitars command much higher prices in the Japanese domestic market.  This is because Japanese guitar players have internalized the idea that Japanese-made instruments are inferior to American (and, if you can believe it, even Mexican) made instruments.  As a result, the prices for "vintage" American guitars there can be crazy high. 

So I don't question the price so much as I question the point of listing in on eBay outside of the Japanese market.  I think it might be the case that prices are similarly inflated in other countries outside of North America, and that's what the Japanese sellers are going for.  I know Europeans sometimes talk about high prices in their respective countries, and I know the supply of American made instruments in other parts of Asia can be lousy (or, at the very least, it was that way 10 years ago).  So my guess is that they're catering to places where the supply of such items is poor, but where American sellers are reluctant to ship--and that's an important consideration, because most American sellers will not ship anywhere at all exotic.  Hell, half of them won't even ship to Canada, let alone to Indonesia/Vietnam/insert Asian country name here.  So there might be a method to their madness after all.

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Audio/Video Demos / Re: Dreamtime Delay
« on: September 05, 2018, 05:40:54 PM »
spinCAD tutorial for patch writing would be rad

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Build Reports / Re: MBP 1590G Builds, PIC HEAVY. Stank, Mimik, Moar and 4:1
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:47:17 AM »
jimi, please keep up the photos of your builds/paintings.  It's becoming a highlight of my week--like the MBP version of Kevin Drum's Friday cat photo.

Bonus marks if you do one with a cat!

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Open Discussion / Re: Duplicate listings from Japan
« on: September 04, 2018, 06:05:15 PM »
Interesting post.  I also noticed this over the last year or so, mostly while crusing for an old shortscale fender.  There are multiple sellers like what you described for a couple of musicmasters that have been seeing for months. 

But I'm also wondering about Fender guitar parts.  Because while I'm willing to believe that the Japanese guitars are functioning along the lines of what pickdropper described, I've noticed things with the parts that are just plain odd.  For example, there was a particular musicmaster neck that had a third string tree installed.  It was initially offered by what seems to be a reputable vintage seller in the American south.  Then that listing disappeared, and about a month later the neck and body (which was also distinctive--it was a bad silver refin over the original Dakota Red) came up from a different seller--this time in the northeast (New York, if memory serves).  The original guitar never sold (on eBay).  But the parts came up quickly.  I'd love to know what was going on there, and with "vintage" Fender parts on eBay more generally.  I've noticed similar things with other guitar parts--listings of an item disappearing then reappearing in identical terms but with a new seller in a different part of the country.  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark...

This is the neck -- I just checked and it's still listed on the site:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-1967-Fender-Musicmaster-II-guitar-neck-rosewood/132487491440?hash=item1ed8deaf70:g:VmEAAOSw8NVab9-7

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Build Reports / Re: PedalPCB.com Tommy Build
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:20:53 AM »
Thanks for taking the time to give the info.  Appreciated.  I'm about to try painting for the first time so I'm looking for whatever info and tips that I can get.

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Build Reports / Re: PedalPCB.com Tommy Build
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:49:47 AM »
I absolutely love that painting. 

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who'd be interested to hear more about your technique.  What kind of paint are you using?  What about surface prep?  Do you spray a clear sealer or lacquer on for durability?  What kind?  Any tips?  Any pitfalls you now avoid?  Etc. etc.  Can never have too much info on finishing.

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General Questions / Re: Rust Bucket Vs. Slow Gear
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:45:57 AM »
I have an original SG-1.  It's in nice shape.  It sits in a box in my room, and I suppose one day I'll sell it for too much money.  As Scuff said, it's a great collectors item, but not such a great pedal.  Tracking issues galore.

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Open Discussion / Re: Anybody need a strat?
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:43:33 AM »

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Open Discussion / Re: 2x10 stereo guitar amps
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:01:38 PM »
I'm just struck by the huge differences between the amps you're considering.  There's a massive difference between a JC series and an AC30.  If you liked your JC77 so much (and who wouldn't?  sweet amp!), why not go that way again?  The price is certainly right.  Lots of pedal obsessives like us love good solid state amps, and that series in particular takes pedals like a dream.  The older I get the more I'm unlearning the silly orthodoxy that says you're only allowed to like tube amps. 

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Build Reports / Re: Mutron Phasor II
« on: August 17, 2018, 03:39:01 AM »
You sure got the enclosure to come off well.  That etch is sick.

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