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Open Discussion / Re: Thicc is good
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:11:54 PM »
This one goes to 11...

Open Discussion / Re: Thicc is good
« on: April 19, 2019, 08:20:23 PM »
The flow jumbos are great. The 4.2mm ones are monstrous and Iím not sure if itís in a good way.

How does it even fit between the strings?😀

Open Discussion / Re: Thicc is good
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:17:02 PM »
I don't really understand the thick, pointy, slippery pick thing. I have tried a bunch and it just feels weird to me. I even have Gravity pick and don't really like it.

Are there advantages that I've overlooked?

I use the .88 Neon Star Picks for electric, the thick purple 1.14 ones for bass, and the thin flappy red .50 ones for acoustic. They have a really grippy, chalky texture that I like.

Bourns makes some really nice pots and mouser carries some of them. They even have a Pro Audio (Guitar) line. But, they don't seem to make smooth shaft 16mm. They do have some 9mm and 17mm knurled shaft. Maybe if we petition them they will start making them.

General Questions / Re: Proper way to turn ON an unplayed tube amp?
« on: April 16, 2019, 03:28:30 PM »
Mesa mentioned 7 years without turning on is nothing. If it's 15 years, it could be a difference. Plus, they recommend me to change the Power Transformer 220V to 117V. Hunting that transformer these days ain't easy. So, my best bet is just buying a new one. I think I'll go run the amp at 220V (Europe/Asia Output Voltage ~ charge the filter caps) then do replace the transformer for 117.

I don't have the amp right now because my trip to Asia will be at the end of Aug - early Sep period.

Couldn't you run it thru a voltage converter/ step up down transformer?

Open Discussion / Re: SW Episode IX
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:21:39 PM »
Jar Jar Abrams has never EVER made a good movie. Or series. All he's good at is serving up a warm turd. One that looks nice and shiny, but scratch away the veneer and all you're left with is still a turd. The idea that Jar Jar could fix the mess that was TLJ is absurd, when has he EVER managed to bring something to a good and satisfactory conclusion? So now Rey, the biggest Mary Sue in cinema history, a Mary Sue so big not even the worst fanfiction could have written her who has now jumped the Tie Fighter, who has defeated Kilo Ren twice without effort, is going to take on Kilo Ren again for a 3rd time? And this is supposed to be exciting?

Jar Jar Abrams is a snake oil salesman. He's a con artist. Getting excited over this new movie is like ordering fake parts from China for two times in a row, and now ordering a 3rd time in the hope that this time the MN3005's will be legit? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, fool me three times in a row? How big of a SW fanboy do you have to be before accepting that all they are doing is beating a dead horse. Three times in a row.

That is exactly how I feel... JJ is the worst ruiner ever. Anything he's involved in has the same bad result. After building up Lost for years and then handing out the greatest let down in the history of the screen... he should have never worked again... Much less be handed Star Wars and Star Trek.

At any rate, I haven't seen a SW movie in the theater since episode 2, so I will probably wait on this one hitting Netflix as well.  I'll watch it, but long after everyone else has already decided whether it is any good or not. 

It won't be on Netflix, it'll be on Disney+

Open Discussion / Re: SW Episode IX
« on: April 12, 2019, 05:22:28 PM »
lameoid... sorry, TLJ was the by far worst one and and I don't see this one being any better

...of coarse I am still going to see it

General Questions / Re: BOSS DD-5 Blinking LED
« on: April 12, 2019, 02:20:43 PM »
It may be something like this:

A part of the draw to Fender for a lot of people is the ability to mix and match the parts. My Strat came with a rosewood fingerboard and I HAD to have maple, so I traded for a similar model and year neck on Craigslist. It is very, very common to do something like that.

That being said, my main guitar is a Gibson and main bass is a Rickenbacker without bolt on necks because I like those way better, and a part of that is the heel profile, but is also that it's  considered a more premium and refined match. I know the fit was taylor made by the original luthier and not some jackhole futzing around at home. 😁

Edit: I also have a Modulus Quantum 5 string and it is a bolt on neck. Its neck fits in the pocket more snug and is more refined than any Fender guitar or bass that I have ever worked with which is about 3 dozen

Yes, the extra controls on the RUP are trimpots on the inside of the Triumvirate

Edit: Peter also just put up some mod info for it in the diy section of the VFE website:


- Set PRE trimpot to 9:30
Leave CUT trimpot at 12:00
Set all other trimpots to 12:00

PRE trimpot @ 12:00
CUT trimpot @ 12:00
All other trimpots @ 9:30

Open Discussion / Re: Switching Thoughts from a Local KC Workshop
« on: April 06, 2019, 05:33:48 PM »
The flip-flop is/was an effective and elegant solution, but as I said above, it's got a big footprint and now critical parts are scarce/costly. 

The Flip Flop circuit wasn't something that Roland came up with(and Ibanez copied). It's used in all kinds of other electronics applications. There are bajillions of flip-flops in a single CPU. I've never really looked around but you could probably find a simple flip flop circuit in IC chip form rather than having to built it discrete.

The specific issue that made me start to look around and find out about true bypass was my tube screamer. If the gain is above noon and it's bypassed, you can still hear the distortion coming thru and it did not sit well with my clean sound. I think it has something to do with the trasistor cutoff

Edit: I guess I didn't realize that Boss and other makers like DOD have been using a BA634 "T type" flip flop chip in some of their pedals (like the DD-2) for a long time

Open Discussion / DIY 4 Second Digital Delay
« on: March 31, 2019, 08:23:51 PM »

Anybody know anything about any other projects that use the dsPIC 33FJ64GP802 or why it hasn't taken off for diy?

Ok, so I got curious and looked to see if there was any info about what the delay time may be for the Small Clone and the only info I found figured it was centered around 15-16 ms.

And so I looked up the specs for the chip delay times.

MN3007 = 5-51 ms
MN3008 = 10-102 ms

I'm not sure how the ranges are divided on the Choral Reef but it seems that 15 ms may be on shorter range, which is the middle position.

I think the Width knob is prob the only real wildcard. I'm not sure but it prob uses the standard chorus settings with Mix at 50% and Feedback off. I imagine the Range knob is set to medium which is to the right and Depth at noon.

Build Reports / Re: Helium OD / Palisades
« on: March 29, 2019, 07:17:25 PM »
Cool... what do all the dip switches do?

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