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Well said and explained Brian i couldnt agree more.  Self doubt and imposter syndrome go hand in hand.  I dont BELIEVE that im great at anything.  So when im told i am, i feel like i've mislead or even lied to people.  I say that from personal experience by the way.

I recall a conversation i had some years ago with someone on this forum when i was having a rough time with one aspect of my life.  And he said, in so many words, or at least, the way i read it: "There's something that you have that others don't.  There's something that you know you can do well, that others cant.  Its not insignificant, its important.  That's the thing you should be focusing on improving".  I thought about what that thing was and i came to an answer.  And just like that.  Bang.  Things started to make sense.  Stop competing with others, and start competing with myself.

That advise lead me out of the dark and head first into improving my life.  Not just with the "thing" I was having trouble with.  With everything.

General Questions / Re: TDA7266M and the 10 Min Amp
« on: May 30, 2020, 07:39:40 PM »
Does this help? These are the pins I assigned.

Thanks Erik!  I hope this answers your question Jack?
Paul / diygp

Awesome food as always Dave!
I bought a Weber Smoking Mountain last week on a whim.  Warning, total meat smoking noob here.  Never even tried it before. 
First attempt was barely a pass (top side roast).  The smokey flavour was way too intense, slightly bitter and ashy.  Also the cut of meat may not have been the best choice.
2nd attempt was much better (chicken), really nice.
Just as an idea, we used some of the left over smoked chicken in a chicken soup the following night.  Wow.  The smoke flavour mellowed out and created this deep flavour to the soup thats a little difficult for me to describe.  Combined with small pockets of the original smokey flavour when you eat pieces of the chicken.  A winning combination!

Open Discussion / Re: D9E Diodes
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:30:32 PM »
There are other D9X diodes that will no doubt sound just as good and are not affected by the hyped price tag.  D9B, 200pcs $25 shipped for example.

D9K, D9V are 2 others i know of as well.

Open Discussion / Re: Giving thanks.
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:07:39 PM »
Hey bean, we should do a PIF party - 2019 xmas edition, i would certainly contribute some give aways as a way of saying thanks to this forum and everyone here.

Open Discussion / Re: The zombie chorus - it's a trap!
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:02:28 PM »
Erik spent quite some time re-engineering the zombie chorus due to the ticking problem and came up with the lich king chorus, which is a really nice sounding chorus pedal and totally tick free.  What was the secret?  He told me a while ago but i cant recall (placement and grounding possibly).  Anyway, the resultant PCB is here, have a look in the build doc for the schematic and the PCB layout for placement.  Ive asked Erik for comment and will post here once he responds:

Sound Demo (note: no ticking ;) )

Eriks response:

1. Ground Plane (due the fact the zombie chorus needs a ground plane, vero may not be the best option for this project)

2. Made sure the Op-Amps were as far away from the CD4046 as possible, because the CD4046 releases a bit of electronic noise.

3. The resistors to the CD4046 for the R1 and R2 are very close to the CD4046 and are grounded to a ground plane. Those two resistors seem to be the "antennas" to a lot of the ticking.

4. Having a variable trim pot for the bias is extremely helpful. As is true from the old Boss CE-2, the MN3xxx BBD's are more sensitive to BIAS drifting than other chips, and so it needs more fine tuning.

(please share your own finds in this thread :D)

I know i might come across as a bit of a miser saying this but...i dont know...i see some things put out on the side of the road and think its just a huge waste.

I picked this up the other day.  I reckon it was used, maybe, a dozen times.  Gave it a bit of a clean and it came up great.  The tray is a bit dirty, but you know...its for powder coating...couldn't pass this up, i was considering buying a larger toaster oven just recently, but there is no way i would waste money on one, i see them thrown out on the side of the road ALL THE TIME.  Check out the size of this thing compared to my old toaster oven:

Open Discussion / Re: NBD
« on: October 23, 2019, 02:22:25 AM »
Thanks guys :D 2 weeks old today!

How did I not comment on this? Wonderful news! Congratulations.

Congrats Paul!

When we had our 2nd I was sure I'd never go to 3. Now we have 4. You never know what the future holds!


i kinda wish we had one more. But, my wife was already over 40 when we had #1. I'm hoping there will be a grandkid in about 15-20 years before I croak  ;)

Thanks mate.  Yes, over 40, this one has taken more of a toll (on my wife) then the first 2.  But...joseph is an AMAZING sleeper.  He's awake for maybe 1 or 2, 3 hour stint a day, but usually just falls asleep after his bottle.  He's like he's older brother who was the same.  Our 2nd, well, she was something totally different ... "the hooooorrroor...."

Open Discussion / Re: NBD
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:50:06 PM »
Thanks guys.  This is number 3.  My wife and i felt like we werent quite busy enough.  :|  "ha"

Open Discussion / NBD
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:17:00 PM »
Its new baby day!

Joseph was born yesterday 2:00pm.  Mum and bub are doing well.  He's a cute little bugger, im sure thats just not parental bias? :)

I have turned off the store for a couple of days, if you need anything you can send me a message through the store and i will attend when i'm back on deck.

Cheers guys,
Paul (diygp)

Open Discussion / Re: Is the golden age over?
« on: June 27, 2019, 07:38:50 PM »
Do you think we need a "Lets make pedals great again" thread?

Open Discussion / Re: Is the golden age over?
« on: June 26, 2019, 05:07:14 PM »
Millennials aren’t interested in DIY for the most part, they’re a pretty disposable generation.

lol, what? You think it's all old farts who have been doing all the building in the last 10 years?

Or is this going to be one of those days where someone learns that millennials are almost 40 years old now? Birth years are 1980-1995, which I would guess accounts for a very large percentage of the people here.

I would agree with Jon on this one, if we are talking "millenials" by definition.  If we are referring to generation Z, well thats a whole different story and with a different theory. See extract from youtube analytics.  Sure, its youtube, but it still gives you an insight into what age group is searching for DIY pedal info

Note: 65+ and under 18 don't even register on the graph (0.2% and 0% respectively)

Open Discussion / Re: What do you love about pedal building?
« on: June 23, 2019, 10:10:45 PM »
The moment you find out that complicated pedal your building isnt passing a signal.

No seriously, for me its creating something unique.  Sonically, physically, visually (youtube), pcb layouts, experimenting, finishing the enclosure etc etc. The reason for the enjoyment always comes back to the same thing.  Its a creative channel for me, like music and guitar.  It took me many years to realise this was the deep purpose of pedal building for me personally.

Open Discussion / Re: Is the golden age over?
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:34:35 PM »
From a retail perceptive on the 'industry' i would actually disagree.  I cant talk about other stores, but I personally have never been busier.  Part of the reason im not on the forum as much these days, just trying to keep up with it all...

I agree, there are more pcb designers these days then 10 years ago, but i think thats more to do with the ease of fabrication and cheap cost to fabricate prototypes etc and accessibility more then anything.  Infact, it kind of confirms the hobby isnt slowing down.

Lastly, i recall seeing a thread on another forum, approximately 10 years ago, also announcing the end of the golden age (he used the same term).  But, we're still here :D

Just my 2 cents.

Open Discussion / Re: Packing in
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:21:49 PM »
Well, that sucks John, your an asset to the community.  Glad to hear we will still see you around though. And you never know when that pedal itch might need scratching again? :) just kidding, all the best mate.

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