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Open Discussion / Re: NGD also
« on: February 16, 2024, 09:50:19 PM »
That's a workhorse right there. Outstanding access to the upper registers.

Open Discussion / Re: NGD
« on: February 08, 2024, 09:57:32 PM »
Goldtop LP with P90's = timeless classic.

Open Discussion / Re: Gold Anniversary Big Muff
« on: January 31, 2024, 08:00:03 PM »
so I grabbed one of these
It sounds really quite good - beyond expectations actually. The build quality is very standard but the casing, presentation and little touches inc the documentation are quite nice additions.
Those knobs look 100% better! It would probably look great with these knobs as well:

Open Discussion / Re: Gold Anniversary Big Muff
« on: January 25, 2024, 09:56:19 PM »
The only thing I didn't like were the knobs, being that the "hockey puck" style EHX knobs didn't exist in the Ram's Head era. It would have been perfect with some gold versions of the various Ram's Head knobs, especially if they randomized it so you would get a surprise unique pedal when you open the box. The "reactor tower" knobs would have been great.

I think it's fine, especially if the schematic was originally posted with Photobucket. Photobucket seemed determined to wipe half the Internet of information a few years back, and it's still very common to come across threads where 90% of the content is missing due to broken links. Copyright issues really aren't a factor either, just look at how the Klon was de-gooped and plastered all over the guitar world (I don't think there's a single major company that doesn't make a Klon clone, despite the fact it was obvious Bill Fennegan didn't want it copied).

Open Discussion / Re: Can I retire? SAD 1024 and 512
« on: December 07, 2023, 04:11:50 PM »
You could try to find someone who has an old Morely PFL Flanger. Those had the SAD1024 in a socket, so yours could be swapped in easily to test them out. With the prices SAD1024's command, I'm sure nobody would take a risk unless they were proven to work.

Open Discussion / Re: Klons and Diodes
« on: November 24, 2023, 07:08:39 PM »
I only build mine with "Unicorn Farts".
Might make for some interesting builds, especially depending on how many Unicorn Farts you "use".

Open Discussion / Re: Klons and Diodes
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:28:33 PM »
Just socket the diodes and use your ears for the ones you like. Screw accuracy.
This. Sometimes you find oddball components with no markings, you put them in a circuit, and the clouds part with a ray of beautiful noise.

Open Discussion / Re: NP/BP Electrolytic Caps
« on: November 17, 2023, 06:16:12 PM »
Are you secretly Gerolf a.k.a. the Post Apocalyptic Inventor? :P
I only wish I could be somebody with that great of a title (I will be watching his channel now, thank you). I'm merely a hobbyist with a soldering iron and an eye for quality components. One time I found some Aerovox .01 caps in an old Magnavox console radio that measured a dead-on .01, 100% good on my ESR meter, even though they are older than Sputnik! I still have them just to prove that "drift" and obsolescence are bogus rubbish.

Open Discussion / Re: NP/BP Electrolytic Caps
« on: November 16, 2023, 04:10:14 PM »
This is all the more reason to keep busting open those big old electronic organs from the late 60's - 70's. They're chock full of great parts! The electrolytic caps in them always measure perfectly fine on my ESR meter (because they weren't building obsolescence into the components back then). And I have done side-by-side comparisons with newer electrolytic caps, and the new ones are NOISIER than those old caps! People still regularly give old organs away for next-to-nothing on Craigslist and OfferUp. It's a way to double-stick it to the modern world of throw away tech:  you recycle instead of filling landfills with their garbage, and you keep using the very components they're trying to get rid of.

Open Discussion / Re: Microphones (heading into the rabbit hole here...)
« on: October 13, 2023, 02:35:58 PM »
The Shure SM545 is often overlooked, but it's the slightly "better" version of the SM57 IMHO. I don't know if the current production 545's are as nice as the vintage ones, but the vintage 545 I have is the best-sounding snare & guitar amp recording mic I have ever used. It has more presence on vocals in comparison to the SM57 as well.

Open Discussion / Re: Which Screamer?
« on: September 28, 2023, 03:14:57 PM »
The newest version of the Cirrus Overdrive from Aion covers two sought-after screamers:  the ST-9 and STL.

Open Discussion / Re: Is it possible to harness amp foot switch power?
« on: September 06, 2023, 05:38:09 AM »
Depends on how much current that circuit can provide. You might be able to run a vintage fuzz off it, but I doubt it will be able to handle a Berezny Deluxe Modulay Process Station (with expression jack!)

Open Discussion / Re: JHS relaunches Ross pedals
« on: August 21, 2023, 11:31:48 AM »
I will be that guy.
Here are some online quotes from the first reboot of Ross pedals, back in 2018. It hardly sounds to me like people were demanding new Ross pedals:
"The Ross Compressor is basically an MXR Dynacomp and the Ross Distortion is pretty much an MXR Distortion+.
If they truly are just reissues, there's not gonna be a lot to look at.
FWIW, I like Ross pedals. I just don't see any reason to buy a reissue. Nice that they're doing it though and I wish them well.

"These guys chose the wrong time to re-enter the market. I predict hardly anyone will buy these and by next year there will be no more Ross re-boot.Especially at their asking prices."

"Figured this would happen eventually. Interesting that it's in the family. Seems wholly unnecessary to me, but maybe they'll find their niche. I wish them luck."

Again, those were all from almost five years ago. Right now there is a Ross Audibles original reissue Distortion that has been sitting on Reverb for 4 months, at only $99. And the JHS versions aren't nearly as nice as those original reissues. Why did the original reissues fail? "Due to multiple production obstacles" (read, too expensive to produce with not enough demand to justify it). How do they expect the new ones to sell at $189? (read, way cheaper production cost with heavy marketing to drum up demand) Notice how JHS was very careful not to put "made in USA" anywhere on the new ones?


Open Discussion / Re: JHS relaunches Ross pedals
« on: August 18, 2023, 02:58:17 PM »
Bud's grandson wants money...
Apparently Bud's grandson already tried to relaunch Ross pedals as "Ross Audibles", which has already led me to some great confusion. Isn't there an old saying that you shouldn't open a restaurant in the same location that another one just failed? Anyway, I guess since nobody wanted the first reissues of Ross pedals, the absolute best option was to make a cheaper quality, more expensive third coming?

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