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Hi all.

I'd like to build 2 separate Boss FS-5U footswitch circuits with externally powered LEDs and separate TS jacks into a single 125B enclosure. 

Id be using this in the 2 FS-5Us>GA-FC>Katana 100 Head configuration shown on p. 8 of the Katana owners manual:

The difference is, Id like the 2 separate FS-5U circuits in the picture to be in 1 enclosure and for them to each have their own (externally powered) LEDs and TS jacks.

As far as I can tell, the FS-5U footswitch is just a normally closed momentary switch attached to a TS jack, so I built one of those and it worked.

Then I put 2 of them into the same 125B enclosure, and it worked too.

But then I tried to add externally powered LEDs.  I thought that - because I want the LEDs to switch latching style (back and forth) while the switches themselves are momentary - it would require relays. 

So I tried using Softie 2 boards wired to the normally closed momentary switches like this:

Trouble is, it works as intended with no power, but when power is applied:
- the top switch triggers both LEDs
- the bottom switch triggers no LEDs

Guessing this probably has something to do with shared power or the Softie working by grounding to the enclosure ... but can anyone offer fixes or alternatives to get the outcome I'm after?


Open Discussion / Re: Tayda's shipping options to Canada
« on: May 10, 2020, 08:08:21 PM »
Just put an $8 pcb in the cart and the only shipping option is $10.76 DHL, be a real kick in the stones if there was courier ransom or taxes or duty to pay to get it released.

I am in. Montreal and I always get customs charges on dhl orders. If it's a big order even with Canada Post I get stuck with some custom charges. So now I go dhl...its a lot quicker but in the end it will cost you more... Especially on small orders. !!!

I'm in Canada and my last 2 Tayda orders were DHL as the only shipping option.  I also had an email from customer service indicating this was a temporary thing:

Because of the virus situation; all postal service options have temporarily stopped shipping to some countries including CANADA as well.

For now we can provide only Express Delivery service. But please note that there might be Import Tax upon delivery and we can't estimate how much it can be however we can help you if you need to change invoice total, but we can't guarantee if this will save on import tax for you or not.

So we would like to ask if you would like to cancel your order and we will issue a full refund thru your paypal?


Would you like to upgrade your shipping method to DHL Express Delivery service? And if you are ok to upgrade to express, we will send you a link to pay for shipping cost differences.

Both orders had a tax and fee surcharge from DHL, so my recommendation is order big to spread the fee out across as many items as possible. 

On the upside, both orders got to me in a week!  Normally it takes 4-6 for their post option.

Madbean Dirtbag Deluxe: Deluxe Memory Man in a 1590BB: beautiful, musical, compact analog 550ms delay with chorus / vibrato modulation, true bypass and center-pin negative 9–15vDC operation.  It will never leave my pedalboard.

I think the Total Recall is a newer version (for sale in the MBP store) of the Dirtbag Deluxe. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm an amateur with things electrical, but think at least the power supply requirements are different.  Dirtbag Deluxe is center-pin negative running at 9-15v (mine running at 15v from Voodoo Lab 9v output via MB Road Rage).  Looks like the Total Recall runs at centre-pin positive 24v using a wall-wart.  Haven't compared ciruits, but best recollection of the release discussion is that the Total Recall is closer to a direct Memory Man clone than the Dirtbag Deluxe. 

Remember though the OP asked us what our build would be if we could pick only one MN3005 project.  The Dirtbag Deluxe would be my pick because I love it!

Madbean Dirtbag Deluxe: Deluxe Memory Man in a 1590BB: beautiful, musical, compact analog 550ms delay with chorus / vibrato modulation, true bypass and center-pin negative 915vDC operation.  It will never leave my pedalboard.
Isnt that the pt2399 version?

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Nope.  Dirtbag Deluxe (Revised 12.12.11), IC 4 and 5 are MN3005 or v3205.  Mine are MN3005.

Madbean Dirtbag Deluxe: Deluxe Memory Man in a 1590BB: beautiful, musical, compact analog 550ms delay with chorus / vibrato modulation, true bypass and center-pin negative 915vDC operation.  It will never leave my pedalboard.

General Questions / Re: 4:1 Compressor at 18 volts?
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:17:03 AM »
Thanks Drew!
Good tips. I'll do as you suggested.
Much appreciated.

General Questions / 4:1 Compressor at 18 volts?
« on: March 22, 2020, 01:05:01 AM »
Hi all.

I'm just boxing up a MB 4:1 compressor and the way my board is shaping up I either need another tap on my 9-volt daisy chain or to use the 18-volt outlet on my VL ISO-5. 

Can the 4:1 compressor be run at at 18 volts?  Is there an upside (more headroom?) or downside (more noise?) doing that?

My google-fu is not strong, but I did find a site that suggests it's fine if your caps are rated high enough (mine are):

Any guidance would be appreciated.


Global Annoucements / Re: Coming September - Premium Limited Runs
« on: October 26, 2019, 10:42:33 PM »
Any news on these projects? They sounded like a lot of fun.  :) Or did I miss them?
This was over a year ago, and I dont remember seeing them either.
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I like to think of them as on hold ... with really funky muzak playing in the background while we wait for them to drop.  But ... that's just me.

Introductions / Re: Greetings again from Vancouver, BC
« on: September 03, 2019, 09:23:21 PM »
I hear everything in Canada is made of wood. Do you confirm or deny this rumor?

Not to hijack the thread, but not entirely accurate MB.  Some things are made from ice or snow.  Sometimes with moss and sticks and animal pelts thrown in ... though I guess the sticks are wood.  So, there's that.

Open Discussion / Re: Best delay for me?
« on: June 19, 2019, 07:32:20 PM »
DD-7 with external tap for slapback and getting your Edge on.  Dirtbag Deluxe for washes / longer delay times.  That's me anyway. 

Build Reports / Re: Black Horse - The Beast V2.0
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:10:21 PM »
That's a great looking build. I've got the earlier version where I can't flip order.  Miss that. 

Share your source for graphics?  I've been googling for 2 days and not come close!

Build Reports / Re: DEADfx Eat the Rich distortion build
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:03:26 PM »
Damn, I wish I had room for that on my pedalboard .... but my distortions have only one rail of a Pedaltrain Novo.

Looks great, sounds awesome.  Nice work! 

Open Discussion / Re: Telecaster Bridge Question
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:51:51 PM »
Callaham makes awesome products, and should have one that matches your guitar:

I have a Callahan on a different guitar. It looks cooler than the Wilkenson but I like the Wilkinson more. Its way cheaper and easily as good quality wise IMO

Whatever direction you go, the Callaham "Will it fit?" page may be of some use?  Seems like it's either "vintage" or "modern" when it comes to Tele bridges.  No other options. 

For what it's worth, I recommend the "Fender Telecaster Custom Bridge Plate w/ Hybrid Double Flange Notches" from Bridge Works ( from a cost:function ratio.

I'm deeply disappointed. The writing has been going downhill ever since they ran out of book material, but this season it just feels like it fell off a cliff. The entire season felt rushed and forced, characters that were supposed to be intelligent made nonsensical decisions again and again for completely contrived reasons, and they threw 7 seasons of narrative buildup and character development out the window for a few cheap twists. It's a damn shame too, because the acting and production were probably the best they've ever been and I feel bad for the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into it when the writers/showrunners were clearly just phoning it in so they can move on to destroying Star Wars.

^^This ... mostly.  I thought the last episode / finale was alright ... mostly, but way too rushed getting there this past two seasons (particularly this one) and still some major WTH outcomes.  Arya did WHAT?!? 

Open Discussion / Re: Shipping PCBs?
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:05:54 PM »
Hi All. 

I've decided to unload some of my backlog of unbuilt PCBs.  However, Canada Post has told me that I can't tape them inside greeting cards and ship to the US anymore.  Instead, I now have to ship them as parcels ...  Seems to me that would make the postage worth more than the circuit board ...

Before I post a list of circuits for sale in the forum, I'd appreciate it if folks could let me know how they're currently shipping PCBs and what I might be looking at for cost?  I'm not looking to make money, just recover some costs and move along boards that I likely won't get to.


Is this what you were told by Canada Post or did you mail something off and have it rejected/returned to sender? I'm in Canada too & for a brief period of time, mailman.

Just what I was told davent.  Canada Post wouldn't accept a letter that wasn't fully flexible (because it contained a PCB) unless I sent it as a parcel (i.e. small packet, tracked packet, etc.).

Thanks for the replies all.  Going to post a whack of circuits in the buy & sell.  Hope the prices are reasonable.  Shipping will be $15 unless you're in Canada; doesn't mater how many or few PCBs you want.  Just hoping to break even on the shipping and recover a portion of outlay on boards. Let's see what happens!

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