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Title: Multiplex
Post by: billstein on May 29, 2013, 12:33:45 AM
Multiplex. Stock build with a etched faceplate. First delay pedal I've ever owned!

(http://imageshack.us/a/img203/7430/multiplex1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/203/multiplex1.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img521/8185/multiplex2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/multiplex2.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img29/8268/multiplex3.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/29/multiplex3.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img405/5806/multiplex4.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/405/multiplex4.jpg/)




Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: Stomptown on May 29, 2013, 12:58:20 AM
That is dead sexy!
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Post by: nzCdog on May 29, 2013, 02:23:35 AM
Dreamy.  All I could come up with to describe that... wow
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Post by: Cortexturizer on May 29, 2013, 02:32:43 AM
Crazy awesome, I really like that you are continuing the style shown on your P19 build ;)
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Post by: hammerheadmusicman on May 29, 2013, 02:54:26 AM
This looks sweet! You a big George Benson fan?
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Post by: Parra on May 29, 2013, 04:49:29 AM
sweet looks!
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Post by: croquet hoop on May 29, 2013, 05:50:31 AM
The enclosure is incredibly sexy, and the inside is very clean, congrats!

By the way, are these jacks Switchcraft or Neutrik/Rean?
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: gtr2 on May 29, 2013, 06:26:39 AM
Nice work!

Josh
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Post by: jimilee on May 29, 2013, 07:01:17 AM
Very Nice indeed
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Post by: pickdropper on May 29, 2013, 07:06:42 AM
Very nice build, Bill.  Each one of your builds seems to be better than the last.
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: midwayfair on May 29, 2013, 07:29:09 AM
 :o
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Post by: ch1naski on May 29, 2013, 07:50:02 AM
So stylish.....
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Post by: raulduke on May 29, 2013, 07:55:58 AM
God thats a gorgeous build dude!
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: jkokura on May 29, 2013, 09:12:49 AM
Pristine. Even the lighting makes that thing look good! Still time to record a quick demo and submit it for the May contest.

Jacob
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: billstein on May 29, 2013, 02:55:11 PM
Thank you guys for all the encouraging words. I'm getting better at this only because I'm learning from so many of you on this forum.

This looks sweet! You a big George Benson fan?

I like his playing for sure but I wouldn't consider myself a big fan. So I'm not sure what the connection of this pedal to him would be. Does he have a pedal that looks like it?

Edit: NEVER MIND. I get it! I just saw what I did. I misspelled Binson with Benson. Uhhh... I meant to do that. Just making it mine... keeping it real... dang!  ;D Good stuff!

Wait. No. Scratch that last line. This sounds much better. That IS a George Benson mod that I built in. It kicks in a secret cap I put UNDER the board. Don't bother even asking me what it is, I've already said it is a SECRET. Yeah, that's it.

By the way, are these jacks Switchcraft or Neutrik/Rean?

I'm not really sure. I found them in some extra parts I had and I didn't see any markings on them.

Pristine. Even the lighting makes that thing look good! Still time to record a quick demo and submit it for the May contest.

Wow! I never thought I'd build anything somebody would suggest putting into the contest. That's encouraging.  ;D

I just figured out how to record music into my computer. Now I just need to figure out how to demo a delay pedal. Like I said in my original post, delay is new territory to me. I've always been a guitar, into a Tube Screamer into a DS-1, into a Tube amp kind of guy. Plus a Wah now and then when I want to get REALLY exotic!  :) I'm excited about this pedal and a bit intimidated at the same time.
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: bcalla on May 29, 2013, 03:23:21 PM
This is a great looking pedal.  How did you make that faceplate?  It's beautiful.  Or is there a thread somewhere on this site that shows how to do it?
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: selfdestroyer on May 29, 2013, 04:13:56 PM
My god that is a perfect faceplate. I have the hardest time getting the dimensions right when I "attempt" to make them. Would you mind sharing your process?
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Post by: morgcl on May 29, 2013, 10:37:02 PM
So clean looking! Great work!
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Post by: lincolnic on May 29, 2013, 10:37:57 PM
Looks great! I remember my first delay pedal...I hope you enjoy yours as much as I did (and still do).
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: billstein on May 30, 2013, 06:47:39 PM
This is a great looking pedal.  How did you make that faceplate?  It's beautiful.  Or is there a thread somewhere on this site that shows how to do it?

My god that is a perfect faceplate. I have the hardest time getting the dimensions right when I "attempt" to make them. Would you mind sharing your process?

The faceplate is etched like any other PCB is. I used PNP, ironed it on and then etched it with Ferric Chloride.

To get it fitting correctly. I downloaded a datasheet for the Hammond 1590bb that has all the measurements I needed, then used Adobe Illustrator to do the design.

After flipping the artwork and printing it out, I ironed it onto the PC board. There were a few spots I had to touch up. The best tool I've found for that is a pen Steve sells at Small Bear.
http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=590

Be careful when you push down on the tip to get the ink flowing. Don't do iton the board itself because the ink comes gushing out. Do it on something you don't care about. Found that out the hard way. It also seems to be helpful to do a couple of coats of ink. This doesn't always work but it is a lot better than a sharpie.

When ironing, you can tell when the PNP has adhered because it turns darker. I'm getting better at this balance of not ironing to long and having the ink melt to much and spread and not ironing long enough where it doesn't adhere in places.

For cutting the board, I use a tile saw I picked up from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/SKIL-3540-02-4-2-Amp-7-Inch-Tile/dp/B003HIWR08/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369959264&sr=8-1&keywords=tile+saw

This allows me to line up the PC board against the rip fence and get a straight cut. I found the easiest way is to print the design, cut it out carefully and accurately, then place that on the PC board using it to set the distance for the saw cut.

After etching I drilled pilot holes in the faceplate and used those to mark the box to drill it. That assures that the holes in the faceplate and box line up.

As far as the rounded corners, I eyeballed those and used a file.

Sorry for the long winded reply. I've never tried faceplates like this before, so I'm a rookie at it, but if there is any other questions you have, fire away.


Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: gtangas on May 31, 2013, 05:45:25 PM
LINDO!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing! Beautiful look!
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: fendman on May 31, 2013, 06:00:49 PM
Very nice etch on the faceplate :)
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: TNblueshawk on June 01, 2013, 03:51:40 AM
Great looking build Bill.
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: selfdestroyer on June 01, 2013, 10:41:00 PM
This is a great looking pedal.  How did you make that faceplate?  It's beautiful.  Or is there a thread somewhere on this site that shows how to do it?

My god that is a perfect faceplate. I have the hardest time getting the dimensions right when I "attempt" to make them. Would you mind sharing your process?

The faceplate is etched like any other PCB is. I used PNP, ironed it on and then etched it with Ferric Chloride.

To get it fitting correctly. I downloaded a datasheet for the Hammond 1590bb that has all the measurements I needed, then used Adobe Illustrator to do the design.

After flipping the artwork and printing it out, I ironed it onto the PC board. There were a few spots I had to touch up. The best tool I've found for that is a pen Steve sells at Small Bear.
http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=590

Be careful when you push down on the tip to get the ink flowing. Don't do iton the board itself because the ink comes gushing out. Do it on something you don't care about. Found that out the hard way. It also seems to be helpful to do a couple of coats of ink. This doesn't always work but it is a lot better than a sharpie.

When ironing, you can tell when the PNP has adhered because it turns darker. I'm getting better at this balance of not ironing to long and having the ink melt to much and spread and not ironing long enough where it doesn't adhere in places.

For cutting the board, I use a tile saw I picked up from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/SKIL-3540-02-4-2-Amp-7-Inch-Tile/dp/B003HIWR08/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369959264&sr=8-1&keywords=tile+saw

This allows me to line up the PC board against the rip fence and get a straight cut. I found the easiest way is to print the design, cut it out carefully and accurately, then place that on the PC board using it to set the distance for the saw cut.

After etching I drilled pilot holes in the faceplate and used those to mark the box to drill it. That assures that the holes in the faceplate and box line up.

As far as the rounded corners, I eyeballed those and used a file.

Sorry for the long winded reply. I've never tried faceplates like this before, so I'm a rookie at it, but if there is any other questions you have, fire away.

Thanks for the explanation, I really appreciate it. You have some great ideas that I will definitely try on my next faceplate build.
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: aballen on June 03, 2013, 01:38:56 PM
you should definitely put this in the contest, looks great.  I love the blue box caps too :D  EPCOS FTW!
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: billstein on June 03, 2013, 04:13:56 PM
you should definitely put this in the contest, looks great.  I love the blue box caps too :D  EPCOS FTW!

Thanks. Unfortunately I missed the deadline. I was trying to figure out a way to record sound into my computer and just ran out of time. In fact, I was working feverishly on it on the 31st and almost had it but was defeated by the curfew.  ;D

I had a thought as I was trying. Is that midnight curfew on the last day of the month tied to a certain time zone?
Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: aballen on June 04, 2013, 07:54:09 AM
You missed it, dont worry, there will be a June contest.

Title: Re: Multiplex
Post by: billstein on June 04, 2013, 10:09:08 AM
You missed it, dont worry, there will be a June contest.

Don't you have to enter the contest  in the same month you finished the pedal?