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Build Reports / Re: Sunking v3
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:39:21 PM »
Looks good.  I like the minimalist enclosure art. 

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Build Reports / Re: Three new builds (KOT, Muff, Fuzz Face)
« on: June 21, 2019, 04:06:34 PM »
These look so good.  I'm impressed with your detail work in those small enclosures.  Had to look up the civil war big muff . . .

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Build Reports / Woodstork, English Man and Lunar clone
« on: June 21, 2019, 04:03:24 PM »
I finished up three fun pedals this last week.  I've been playing with them all the time and are really starting to enjoy the process.  Not to mention the good fuzz.   I also gave away a pedal I'd made to a guitarist I admire . . . which was a joy in itself. 

Woodstork and English Man


These were both pretty friendly builds and sound amazing together.  Honestly I lost a whole evening to just jamming with these on.  My current favorite sound.   The woodstork sticker is from a patch seller named Fennec.  Good patches from that homie and I managed to put the LED where the skeleton's heart would be.  I don't know if anyone here builds the tayda boards, but I'd up the LED resistor if doing this build - it is blinding. 

Woodstork guts:

English Man's intestines:


And the Lunar Deluxe Clone from pedalpcb:


This one gave me an enormous amount of trouble.  I had failed to order a 5.6n capacitor and didn't want to fudge it.  Then putting it together was one of the most difficult constructions.  I drilled the holes too high (used the template), had to bend the potentiometer legs to not touch the enclosure.  Had to bend the power connectors to put the PCB into the enclosure.  The LED was out of sync and still doesn't come on.  But the sound is really great.  It made me dive into old Pink Floyd tunes and documentaries this morning.  Very inspiring as a pedal to make music with.  8-bit moon sticker is from my homie #JMORG who blessed me with most of the planets.  Trying to figure out which pedal should be the earth?

Moon guts:


Thanks to all the creative folks out there!  Salute to the hard hustling late night distortion fiends and soldering mobstas.

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More fuzz!  More Cthulu!  Looks great.  Productive and exploratory. 

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Build Reports / Re: May the force be with the X wing fighter
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:09:10 PM »
This looks so awesome!  Nice graphics and looking crisp. 

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Build Reports / Greenbean and Retrograde
« on: June 09, 2019, 01:30:15 PM »
Continuing my excessive quest for DIY fuzz and distortion pedals I finished the Greenbean and Retrograde this week.  Both are really fun pedals with a lot of flexibility.  I'm looking forward to the diode shootout for the Greenbean.  Currently sporting yellow 5mm LEDs.  Does that thread already exist? 




And the Retrograde:



Still trying to figure out graphics for the retrograde.  I've got a great bat sticker from somewhere that would fit nicely, but I'm digging the hunter orange for the moment. 

*salutes*

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Open Discussion / Re: RIP Dr. John
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:32:28 PM »
Agreed.  One of my musical heroes.  I really love "Gumbo," his cover of Big Chief is perhaps the finest rolling funk tune ever.  I got a chance to see the good Dr. in the bay area as a kid - it was pretty awesome.  But I've been playing Dr. John records and moping around since I heard.  RIP.

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Build Reports / Re: Pedalboard pics megathread
« on: June 01, 2019, 02:16:11 PM »
I built a quick DIY pedal board yesterday and it has been really fun.  I had an old board in the garage that was repurposed.  Featuring: Nom nom, Honeydripper, Into the Unknown, Arcadiator, Purple Platypus, Wolfshirt, Distortion, and Deathklaw.  Now I've got a handful of new pedals that I need to find space for.  Or build another pedal board . . .


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Build Reports / Re: Sparky (don't pee on the electric fence...)
« on: May 24, 2019, 07:56:34 AM »
That looks great!  Crisp and clean.  I dig your wiring work. 

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Honeydripper problem solving
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:47:41 PM »
I didn't mean to sound petulant.  I was just thinking about future people who are struggling with the Honey Dripper, searching this thread and finding that I had used the wrong jacks which wouldn't help them.  Shout out to all the week-day soldering peeps tho!  And to madbean, the founder of the feast.

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Honeydripper problem solving
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:38:11 PM »
Fixed it!  This is the greatest moment of my middle-aged life.  I built the wolfshirt and had no volume despite getting an LED and a sense that I had built it correctly.  Sadness.

So I replaced the stereo jack with a regular switchcraft style mono jack and the wolfshirt worked.  I wondered if the same fix would solve the honeydripper and tadaaaa . . . wah wizardry.  My suspicion is that the stereo jack wouldn't trigger audio in from a mono cable or something like that. 

I know that none of you care, but the ability to trouble-shoot my own stuff is a great feeling.  And having two working pedals tonight instead of another failure project is really joyous.  Now I just gotta figure out why the wolfshirt won't give me a clean signal when off . . .

Cheers to ya!

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Honeydripper problem solving
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:21:40 PM »
I continue to try to trouble shoot this project, but I'm planning on buying another copy of the PCB and starting again.  This was a good chance to learn how to use the multimeter. 

Power at DC plug: 9.45
Ground at board: 0
9v at board: 9.45

Below are my IC readings.  If any of the reading seemed divergent from the expected readings in the build guide, I noted the expected reading in parentheses. 
IC1: 4558
1 - 5.1
2 - 5.1
3 - 5.1
4 - 0
5 - 5.1
6 - 5.1
7 - 5.1
8 - 17.36

IC 2:LM324
1 - 5.1
2 - 5.1
3 - 5.1
4 - 17.3
5 - 5.1
6 - 5.1
7 - 5.1
8 - 5.3
9 - 5.1
10 - 5.1
11 - 0
12 -5.1
13 - 5.1
14 - 5.27

IC 3: LM324
1 - 5.1
2 - 5.1
3 - 5.1
4 - 17.4
5 - 4.94
6 - 5.1
7 - 4.8 (divergent 38mV)
8 - .57 (divergent 5.25)
9 - 2.83
10 - 2.83
11 - 0
12 - 2.83
13 - 2.83
14 - 2.4 (divergent 35 mV)

IC4: 13700
1 - .57 (divergent 35mV)
2 - 1.39
3 - 5.1
4 - 5.1
5 - 5.1
6 - 0
7 - .12
8 - 2.17
9 skip
10 skip
11 5.1 (divergent 17.52)
12 - 5.1
13 - 5.1
14 - 17.3
15 - skip
16 2.2 (divergent .44)

IC5: 1054
1 - 2.3
2 - 4.9
3 - 0
4 - 0 (divergent 28 mV)
5 - 9.1 (divergent 0)
6 - 1.3 (divergent 2.43)
7 - 2.4
8 - 0 (divergent 9.18)

Thanks for the consideration. 

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Honeydripper problem solving
« on: April 14, 2019, 06:29:40 PM »
Examined this pretty closely today.  Went over every soldering joint with a magnifying glass and carefully re-did everything that seemed suspect.  I also didn't feel that confident with the ground, so I drilled a hole and ran a bolt through the side of the enclosure.  Now I'm grounding jack 2 with a solid connection.  Still get LED when I hit the switch, but no sound. 

I guess that is not totally true, I get a very quiet sound that changes subtly when the 4-way switch is turned.  Which makes me think that there is something simple afoot. 

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Honeydripper problem solving
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:53:16 AM »
I finished the honeydripper and I'm struggling. 

The LED comes on, but no sound through pedal either with the footswitch engaged or not.

Here are some photos:
https://imgur.com/m0bfxoB
https://imgur.com/eYzA8Lz
https://imgur.com/GGkm952
https://imgur.com/kBEblsl

I'm curious if I wired the input/output jacks incorrectly?  Is Jack 1 input?  I've been using a stereo jack for inputs.  Do I need to do something with the ring connection?

Did I miss a ground opportunity?  I've been running a wire from the output sleeve to the enclosure (visible in pic 1). 

Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. 

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