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Safe to say that:

E105L = 1uF capacitor
E225L = 2.2uF capacitor

I'm guessing tantalum, given the polarization?

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Open Discussion / Re: Tayda Cap quality
« on: November 16, 2020, 07:44:13 AM »
That I'm aware of, I've had one bad ceramic cap from them, across all my orders over the years (had a weirdly low value). Other than that, no problems.

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Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:06:39 PM »
Been on a Reggae kick the last week or two. Not sure why, just sorta am. (Completely unrelated to recreational use passing here the other day, I swear)


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Open Discussion / Re: Good luck America.
« on: November 02, 2020, 11:14:01 PM »
I'm glad my early voting experience was fairly painless (other than wrist strain from filling in the bubbles for 49 judges).

Didn't want to mail it in, so, drove to city hall and dropped it off. About 5 minutes to get there, about 2 minutes to figure out where the box was (in a sub-basement, apparently the county recorder doesn't get to see daylight), and about 10 minutes trying to get out of the parking lot. Yay rush hour.

Took about 2 days to get confirmed as received, and a day further to get the signature verified.

Aaaand tomorrow I get to put the sticker on. Huzzah.

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 11, 2020, 05:25:41 AM »
Judges.... so many judges....

So yeah, got my ballot in the mail today, and just spent the last ~4 hours reading through case outcomes trying to decide who to retain. Really wish they made this stuff easier, like, a nice summary somewhere rather than having to DL pdf's of case outcomes one by one and reading through legalese. (Seriously I had 50 judges to vote on, my hand is cramped from filling in bubbles and my eyes are glazed from trying to decipher this damned legal language).

Worst part, I think that judges have only been recalled by ballot like, twice in the last several decades here, so all my research is probably pointless. But damnit, I'm gonna do it!

And hey, recreational use is on the ballot, and polling well ahead, AND includes language that would allow nullification of most pot offenses (I'm in an "any amount is a felony" state), so, that's cool at least.

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Open Discussion / Re: Very clever Mr. Bean
« on: October 10, 2020, 07:43:05 PM »
Bah! Next you'll tell me I'll need to actually plug the pedal in! It's a circuit, that implies self-enclosed, why should I need to add anything to get it to work?!?!


(why yes, I did previously work an IT gig, why do you ask?)

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General Questions / Re: Analog Delay + Chorus/Vibrato Combo
« on: October 10, 2020, 02:12:19 PM »
If I'm reading right, the Echoman is based on/descendant from the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, so perhaps that is a direction to head in.

Fair warning, with only one chip, do know your delay time will be fairly short. ~300ms will be where it tops out, if not less.

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Open Discussion / Re: You ever get that one guy...
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:59:06 PM »
Update: got the pedal back and everything works fine! I am beyond angry now. This guy is officially fired! I am refunding his money, less the 2 unnecessary shipping costs and $50 for my pain and suffering.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

....was this fellow aware that pedals require a power supply? I used to do IT work occasionally, and sometimes you really do need to start at the bottom of the barrel with the questions to ask.

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I was so sad, I normally go up on my local mountain to raid a couple chanterelle groves I've found, but my mountain was on fire this year at peak picking time. Granted, we'd had a dry as hell summer, so it's unlikely the harvest would've been spectacular, but I always enjoyed the hike either way.

(And though the fire would likely be spectacular for morel hunting, we have way too many false morels locally for me to ever really be comfortable picking them up here, and I have a graduate degree in mycology!)

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Open Discussion / Re: What version of Big Muff are the new ones?
« on: October 05, 2020, 02:40:02 AM »
He mentioned Smashing Pumpkins, which made me think creamy dreamer.
A Big Muff is not the "Smashing Pumpkins sound". The whole creamy dreamer thing was a complete fiasco, but it's nice to know it is still alive and well as "the way to get the pumpkins sound, brah!". Billy Corgan will never be able to break free from that one:
http://kitrae.net/music/Music_Muff%20Inspired%20Pedals%20and%20Clones2.html#CreamyDreamer

Huh, I thought it was "always known" that Corrigan had used an ICBM for that tone. Given I started in the pedal DIY scene around 2000, I'd have been right in the time zone for this, and I completely missed the hype (Granted, I was a high school freshman at the time, so I missed a lot as a rule). I clearly remember him telling a story about him getting the pedal dirt cheap, and after the album became popular, going back to the store to try and buy a spare and it's price had shot up astronomically.

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Open Discussion / Re: What version of Big Muff are the new ones?
« on: October 04, 2020, 12:22:33 AM »
http://www.kitrae.net/music/big_muff_history3.html#ToneWicker

Version 12 -

"CIRCUIT - It is built with normal through-hole style transistors, capacitors, and diodes. Resistors are small surface mount style. The circuit is a different design than the V10 Little Big Muff. The transistors are four BC550Cs. Early circuit boards are marked EC-D47, and later EC-D47 Rev. A. It runs off of either a 9V battery or an industry standard 9V AC adaptor. "

"THE SOUND - The tone range of the V12 Big Muff is quite broad. It can match the tones of the V10 Little Big Muff somewhat in standard mode, but with the Wicker switched on it becomes a much sharper and brighter sound, but not too harsh. The "buzzy-fizzy" sound that many Big Muff users complain about with the V9 NYC reissue and V10 Big Muffs can be smoothed out with the Tone Wicker. The "fuzz" tones it produces have much more range than the V9 and V10. Many Muff users (like me) use boosters or tube drivers to color or boost the gain and mids of their Big Muffs for added clarity, but this version does not require that. The boost is built in, and it cuts through a band mix very well. Compared to vintage USA Big Muffs, this sounds very different, but this is one of my favorites of the Muffs produced since 2000. Some units sound slightly different than others. "


Unfortunately, he doesn't post schematics for any currently in production pedals, so no easy road there. But there are pictures of the board up you could sneak a peak at.

edit: picture in question - http://www.kitrae.net/music/IMG_4266.jpg (EHX is even nice enough to label component values on the board, how handy)

Also, more info and description of stuff here: https://mirosol.kapsi.fi/2014/07/ehx-big-muff-pi-with-tone-wicker/ (there is a schematic link in the text)

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Open Discussion / Re: Shopping on the Internet
« on: September 29, 2020, 10:10:30 PM »
I've got an unconfirmed pre-order I'll sell you at 5 times retail. I totally promise I'll refund it if the pre-order gets cancelled.

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Open Discussion / Re: Mouser Xicon Resistors New MOQ of 200
« on: September 25, 2020, 07:56:42 PM »
With parts that cheap, I always buy extra, partly for a price break, and partly because spare parts never hurt.

Does get a wee bit annoying when you're buying an oddball value that you've only ever seen in one project, where you need 1 and have 199 collecting dust on a shelf for the next 8 years.

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Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: September 19, 2020, 09:30:34 PM »
So, my local public radio station damn near killed me tonight. As I was driving home from the grocery store, they played this track, and there is a moment in it that caused me to laugh out loud, so suddenly and forcefully, that I very nearly went off the road.

I actually had to pull over to let myself calm down and start breathing again. It was fantastic, I've not had a moment like that in months.


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Open Discussion / Re: What are you playing? (games)
« on: September 02, 2020, 04:04:17 AM »
I've been playing Disco Elysium.

It's... great. Old school Isometric RPG with a fascinating impresionist-ish art style and some utterly fantastic writing. You're a dude who has literally wiped your mind clean with drink and drugs, and are kinda re-building yourself from the ground up. You have conversations with inanimate objects. You go off on random tangents during conversations about the nature of reality. You hunt a creature made of living sound. You throw up. I love it.


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