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General Questions / Re: Aion Blueshift Stereo Question
« on: November 18, 2019, 05:56:24 AM »
Yes, with either bypass type (minimalist or stock) it splits the signal into stereo when in bypass mode.

Open Discussion / Re: Call for sponsors - 2019 BOTY contests
« on: November 13, 2019, 12:44:09 PM »
I can chip in an L5 Preamp PCB, enclosure and logo nameplate. I just got a restock of the enclosures a few days ago so I will set one of them aside!

Open Discussion / Re: Mammoth Electronics Acquisition
« on: October 08, 2019, 12:15:24 PM »
Iím guessing it was bought by one of the companies that build pedals for people like Wampler, because, from my understanding, supplying to those companies was a big part of what mammoth has always done.

Very possible. I had heard awhile back years that All-Pedal (manufacturer for Wampler and others, same company as Warehouse Guitar Speakers) was looking to expand into parts sales as well, so I wonder if this is how they're doing it.

Build Reports / Re: Rage Face ó Aion Flare
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:22:00 AM »
I even ended up making a pickup-similuator so it would play nicer with my effects chain.

I'm planning on updating the Flare this fall to match the new 125B projects and was actually planning to include a pickup sim! Just what it needs, one more control... :)

Killer build, it looks awesome!

Great project -  so good that I sold my original (!)

Well, that's just about the ultimate compliment! Good to hear :)

Open Discussion / Re: BLMS now has Taiway 3PDT
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:00:13 PM »
Weird, I thought they already had these. I had a bunch of mini 3PDT and I was almost certain I got them from LMS.

They have black ones that were small, but they're low-end, probably Daier. The Taiways are the best switches I've ever used, very high quality, low actuation force & travel, and just happen to also be smaller. The solder lug dimensions also pretty closely match standard 3PDTs, while the other minis are closer together and don't fit normal 3PDT bypass PCBs.

Very excited Lawrence is carrying these and that they can make their way into the wider DIY community!


I was able to find the original pots and can confirm that the Balance pot is indeed 10kA and the Sustain pot is 100kB.

Here are the codes -
100k: 91A1AB28B20L
10k: 91A1AB28D15L

Thank you for noticing - I don't think anyone else would have ever caught it without an original to compare to!

Thanks. I'm going to try to find the parts for mine and verify as well. I'll update the BOM for the Balance control in the mean time.

Oh wow, thanks for catching that - yes, "D15" on the pot code definitely refers to audio taper.

I'll see if I still have the Sustain pot handy to check the code on that one since it's obscured by the pics. Did the taper seem to match better on the Sustain control or did it feel off as well?

Build Reports / Re: Aion Vector Delay
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:37:50 PM »
Thanks for giving them a shot and very glad to hear you liked them!

The design goal was to cut out all of the pain points of building pedals. Wiring was one of the biggest. The kits are easy enough for a beginner, not because they're over-simplified at all, but just because they eliminate some of the tediousness and the steep learning curve. And that means they're also a lot of fun for seasoned builders due to all the unique aspects & methodologies of the build.

...And of course there's the nefarious hidden motive: making it so enjoyable to build the kits that you have a hard time going back to the traditional way! ;)

General Questions / Re: Layouts and hardware
« on: June 23, 2019, 03:22:07 PM »
Some advice I saw in DIYSB is to not have PCB mounted parts on more than one plane.

100% agree with this - unless you've got a flawless CNC machine that's accurate within mils and some killer CAD skills to program it.

General Questions / Re: Layouts and hardware
« on: June 21, 2019, 12:32:31 PM »
I tend to mock things up in Illustrator (Inkscape may also work) - and in this situation I would create a side profile of each of the parts and see how they line up. Include all hardware like nuts & washers if they would impact the internal mounted height (for instance, a toggle switch is usually mounted with an inner nut and star washer).

You can set measurements to inches or mm and then create the shapes with the exact sizes from datasheets to make it accurate. I will also sometimes use calipers to measure a physical part if there is any doubt from the datasheet.

General Questions / Re: Transistor for a Phase 90 Clone
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:32:02 AM »
Not too low and not too high. 1-2V is usually where you want it. You can go higher but will need a different zener diode.

General Questions / Re: Transistor for a Phase 90 Clone
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:20:05 PM »
That sounds perfect to me - at the low end of the 5457's spec, so not as good for buffers/gain stages but perfect for phasers.

Just a few minutes ago. Smashed the record for most expensive guitar ever sold. Second place was the "Reach Out to Asia" tsunami relief Strat back in 2005 ($2.7 million).

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