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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 05, 2020, 10:30:22 PM »
If you get really hard up for alcohol don't overlook the gas pump. I ride mopeds (the kind with pedals, not a scooter...) and I have to remove the alcohol from the pump gas or it deteriorates the seals and hoses on the bikes. It also messes up the oil mixture on the two stroke motors. It's a PITA.
To remove the alcohol you add water to the gas, shake it, and let it settle out into layers. (Try two to one water to alcohol. IE, 10% alcohol in gas, add 20% volume of water.) The alcohol will bond with the water and settle on the bottom of the container. Separate the fuel and alcohol by decanting. (I use a three liter pop bottle to make the layers easy to see.)
Then you pour salt into the water/alcohol solution to remove the water. About a four to one ratio, water to salt. (Or you could distill it.) The saltwater solution will sink and the alcohol will be the top later after it settles. Decant it again.
Then if you want to up the concentration of alcohol further let the liquid freeze and spoon the water ice out.
The alcohol I have removed this way is what I use to make solder flux using pine resin I collect from trees nearby and cook down. (Hey, I like science. It's free, and it gives me something constructive to do.)
Look up videos on it, it's all very easy to do.

I like this guy^^^

Open Discussion / Re: Pedal Parts Plus minimum quantity 25 ???
« on: February 11, 2020, 06:57:48 PM » is the site you're thinking of. It's a good solution and they offer an incredible selection of colors, but unfortunately they only offer a handful of enclosure sizes, most of which have been out of stock for some time. Definitely something to keep tabs on though, with enough interest from the DIY pedal community there's always the chance that they'll expand their offerings in the future.

Yeah. I think that's the one.

Food for thought... Learn to love Tayda!

That's not going to happen for me. I will occasionally use them for some stuff. Powder coated enclosures? I don't see it.

I recently wanted to buy some blems from PPP and they also instated a $50 minimum order on everything.

It was nice knowing you PPP. All the best.

Open Discussion / Re: Pedal Parts Plus minimum quantity 25 ???
« on: February 10, 2020, 09:38:28 PM »
Yeah. Itís a big downer. Somebody around here posted awhile back with a link to a vape mod shop that sells powder coated enclosures. It may be a good solution. I wish I could remember the place. Iíll post a link if I find it. Also stomptown was showing me that smallbear has some new colors.

Open Discussion / Re: NGD - my dad got me a present
« on: January 29, 2020, 03:21:43 PM »
That is otherworldly beautiful. Congrats! Good catch on the buzz.

Open Discussion / UAD Luna anyone?
« on: January 24, 2020, 12:49:04 AM »
Has anyone else been following UADís announcement of their new LUNA DAW? I lurked on a couple UAD and Gearslutz threads that mostly devolved into Mac vs PC wars and a lot of angry speculation about its worthlessness.

I have to say that Iím pretty interested in this. I doubt Iím going to stop using LPX any time soon but I can imagine this greatly speeding up tracking and possibly mixing. Thereís more useful info in this Warren Huart video than anything else Iíve seen.

Iím kind of excited about it! I recently started using an Apollo twin MkII duo and Iím on a Mac so Iíll be ready to give it a whirl when they release it. I do wish the Neve summing were free but considering that theyíre offering the whole daw for free Iím not going to complain.

The relevant part of the video starts around 11:00.

Build Reports / Re: the FLUNKEE FX-25 envelope filter
« on: January 22, 2020, 08:06:32 AM »
Looks great!

The faceplate is classy but I think the real show is going on inside. Those are some pro level guts my friend. SMD and through hole are as perfect as it gets.

Build Reports / Re: Signal Conditioner
« on: January 20, 2020, 12:25:18 PM »
Thanks guys!

Super awesome, as usual, Lee. Would you mind sharing the meter schematics with us? I think this would be a nice feature for other projects as well. Even better, would you sell PCBs for this thing?

I don't have any plans to sell the PCB. That one needs to be tweaked anyway. It's possible that it could come available at some point though. I was smart enough to get it working but not smart enough to get it working as well as it could. I have a couple eyes on it with the thought that I want to share it when it's ready.

I love that '70s pro gear/synth look.

Yes! That's what I was drawing on for sure. I'm a sucker for that look. I suppose I used the wrong knobs to get it all the way there but I like the black aluminum on this.

... And the ďButt KickĒ PCB is hilarious! 😂

I was wondering if anyone would notice that. Hehe  ;)

Build Reports / Re: Porkbarrel
« on: January 19, 2020, 09:32:55 PM »
Thereís that flawless stomptown execution. And Iím suddenly wanting to build another CE2. Sweet build my friend. I hope there will be many more to follow in 2020.

Build Reports / Re: A place for my stuff.
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:58:21 PM »
Some gorgeous art going on here. Welcome to Madbean. Keep posting!

Build Reports / Re: Hot Cake (Fritter) just the syrup I needed
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:55:43 PM »
I really love the artwork and etch on this! So sweet with the stomp placement.

Nice work! I think your knob choice on the spirit box was spot on. Iím appreciating the wiring in all three. Good job!

Build Reports / Signal Conditioner
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:22:19 PM »
The snappiest name I have for this one would be the ďTurd PolisherĒ but I decided to just call it the ďSignal Conditioner.Ē Itís one Iíve actually been thinking about and planning for a very long time despite the spartan graphics.

This is a really nice gate into a bloviator that I added some fun features to. One of the things Iíve run into with the gate I was using was that if I switched between guitars, like going from a Tele to my P90 guitar I would have to change the threshold setting. On this one I put bypass on a toggle switch since itís not exactly something that gets turned on and off in a set. I then used a stomp switch to toggle between 2 different pots so I can have presets. Each pot has its own LED indicator. I was able to to accomplish it all with only a 3PDT by ganging the pot wipers to pad 2 on the board and only switching lugs 1 & 3. It switches nice with minimal popping.

I used a pair of tip shunting jacks between the circuits so I can individually place them in my chain. Normally I have run a gate near the front of my chain just to kill single coil hum and then a sonic stomp toward the end. I have noticed thereís enough hiss from the bloviator that I may put them both toward the end, just before delay/reverb and have the maximizer before the gate. Weíll see. Itís flexible enough for me to route either one wherever I want.

The knobs, stomp switches and fancy toggle switch dress nut come from BLMS. I'm actually pretty impressed with these compact 3PDTs. They're the cheapies but they have a really nice feel and sound and the solder lugs are nice. I'm sure I'll use them again. The board mounting brackets were drawn in Fusion 360 and printed in bronze PLA. I would normally use PETG but I ran out. I have to admit, it's nice printing in PLA after dealing with the gooeyness of PETG. And it prints so much faster.

To add to the fun, this includes a 10 segment display that functions as a VU meter of sorts. I hung that right off the output and it doesnít switch with bypass so itís always indicating signal strength. It doesnít give me any actual calibrated measurements but itís easy to see signal strength and itís a fun light show. That was a circuit and PCB layout I came up with like 5 years ago and I finally put it into something. I canít even remember fully how I came up with it but it works!

No fancy pics this time and the video and playing are crap. I just balanced my phone on my leg and played my bench guitar through my crappy bench amp to prove that the light show works.

Thanks for looking!

Open Discussion / Re: 3d printed Big Muff Knob
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:57:22 AM »
Dang. I didnít realize SLA has gotten that accessible. Thatís cheap! Whats the build volume? How is the smell/mess? And I love that goo is part of the name.

Build volume is tiny. In the pic I posted above.....that's the entire build plate (in terms of X / Y). It's 120 x 68 x 155mm (Z).

It's messier than it is smelly, in my opinion. The Elegoo brand resin is actually not that bad smell-wise. But that shit gets everywhere if you're not meticulous, and it's pretty nasty stuff. Resin printing is both messy and a bit wasteful (gloves, isopropyl alcohol, paper towels, etc). It also requires a whole cleanup process you don't need with FDM. And it requires a lot more supports for things that wouldn't be an issue with FDM, which means more time post-processing. But the print resolution is off the charts. And, because it's light-based and it can expose the entire build area at once, printing one of something takes as much time as printing 4 or 10 of that same model. So it's slow as hell for one-offs, but you make up for it when printing multiples.

The newer cheap SLAs are worth trying out if you're already a 3D printer guy. I wouldn't recommend this process for someone looking to get into 3D printing.

That sounds about right. I think I could handle the mess because of the trade-off in precision. It's just nice to know these things are finally getting within reach. I wonder how long the resin trays last and how much they cost to replace. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what you make. I had been starting to think about getting another FDM printer but I may just stick with mine for another year or so and see where SLA goes in that time. I honestly think that's a useful build volume for much of what I do. It would open up the potential to create custom knob molds for casting etc.

Open Discussion / Re: 3d printed Big Muff Knob
« on: January 12, 2020, 07:35:26 AM »
Nice work. That's been on my "to print" list for a while now, but D&D minis keep nudging it down the list. ::) Which SLA printer did you get, CJ?

Elegoo Mars. It's pretty nice, but the build area is quite limiting. Still, it's good enough to do a lot of fun things. I modeled and printed a Gibson "poker chip" and next I'm going to do the pickup switch cavity cover. Did some guitar picks, too. They look like they rolled out of a factory. It's crazy.

Dang. I didnít realize SLA has gotten that accessible. Thatís cheap! Whats the build volume? How is the smell/mess? And I love that goo is part of the name.

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