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General Questions / Re: Drill Template
« on: November 22, 2019, 12:28:55 PM »

Just received the "VFE Fiery Red Horse" PCB. I don't see a drill template in with the BOM. Should I look somewhere else on the site, or do I need to construct my own?

Thank you

Open Discussion / Re Heads Up
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:17:08 PM »
Hi All,

Just a heads up...I think. I recently made a purchase for the vendor Silicon Ark. I like to use ME4003s in place of 5088s, but they are VERY hard to find. So, I found a bunch at Silicon Ark, as well as some gold plated SIP sockets, (snap-off). I placed the order on November 15th, and I've tried to connect with the site to check on my order status. There WAS a "site down for maintenance" message, but now the site is gone and I'm out $22+. Hope no one else got screwed!

General Questions / Re: Deadpool Drill Template
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:40:07 PM »

I know this is VERY old, but this was one of my first builds, and the enclosure came out crap! Just wanted to update with a powdercoated 125B, but the Deadpool link over on Keefe's side is dead. Anyone know where I can get this?

Thank you!

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: CherryBomb Transistors and Other
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:03:21 PM »

I'll keep this brief. 1. I'm going to use the 169, 184, and 109 for the CherryBomb transistors. Is there a certain order? 2. I have no 200pf for C3. Any problem using a 220p?


Open Discussion / Grind Customs Reemergence!
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:00:48 AM »

Just clicked on the Grind Customs link, and instead of getting 404 code I saw "Coming Soon"!!! I hope they will carry all the GREAT PCBs of the past!

General Questions / Re: Shielded Wire
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:47:35 AM »

This has been posted, but has not been addressed specifically. I'm beginning to build the "Chunk Chunk" PCB. In the build docs Brian recommends using shielded wire on either the input and/or the output jacks. I use daughter boards from either (Ben) Rullywow, Fuzz Dog, or (Paul) DIY Guitar Pedals. I've found shielded wire at SB (RG-174), but I'm wondering if it will fit daughter board pads? I usually use SB 24 pre-bonded.

Thank you

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / UPDATE: Light Plate FAIL!
« on: June 05, 2017, 09:18:06 AM »

I put up a post regarding light plates, and installation questions a while back. I built "Pasteyface",
which worked and sounded great! However, after I put the pedal together with the light plate set-up and tested it, I got this horrible hum through my amp without even turning the pedal on. When I did turn the thing on, it was worse!
I assumed that the light plate acted as a glorified bypass LED, so I wired a socket to the place on the daughter boards I use, where I usually put the engaged/disengaged LED. I guess there are some circuits that can't handle these things...
Sorry I wasted time and money finding that out! Off to get a NEW Pasteyface PCB.


How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: Light Plate Installation
« on: May 24, 2017, 08:43:33 AM »

I purchased a couple of Small Bears light plates (125B) recently, and I just wanted to check my connection understanding. I know I have to get a "Hi Bright" type LED, SB's plates are bluish so I guess I get blue. I understand I need to sand it to get it to a "diffused" state, and I need to get the top as flat as possible w/o ruining the LED. I've read that I need to place the LED as close to the center of the plate as possible...True? I use daughter boards, and I'm assuming the plate is a fancy replacement for the bypass LED, so would I just take some of my hook-up wire and 2 connected SIP sockets as extensions...wire that to the spot on the daughter board where the LED the LED into the sockets and than into the plate itself? I've also read only 1 LED is needed because the plate material acts as fiber optics, and gives a even dispersion of light. Have I got the installation correct or not? I already contacted SB, and they couldn't give me any installation instructions.

Thank you

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: Pastyface Zener
« on: February 04, 2017, 08:45:23 AM »

I'm starting to order components for the Pastyface build. On Mouser I'm finding 12V Zeners at 0.5 watt, and 1 watt. Is there a certain wattage I need to look for?

Thank you

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: IC Confusion...
« on: January 26, 2017, 10:41:29 AM »

I want to buy some PCBs from a well known vendor, but I'm not finding certain parts needed for two circuits. Both require 7660 ICs. The circuits give one a choice to either run at 9V or 18V with a toggle. One build doc just says 7660, while the other says TL7660S. I'm finding TC7660SCPAs at Mouser, but no TL7660S. I'm also finding ICL7660SCPA (Z), and ICL7660SIPA (Z). Could someone clarify?

Thank you

General Questions / Re: Totally Weird Distortion
« on: January 16, 2017, 12:27:57 PM »

Anyone know if a circuit is made that produces the totally messed up sounds of the inital Adrian Belew solo in Elephant Talk, or the first solo of Steven Wilson's in Bonnie the Cat? Would REALLY love to build it!!

Thank you,

General Questions / Re: Sockets...
« on: December 15, 2016, 07:44:03 PM »
Is there a type that is better, Dual Leaf or Machine Pin? When I've used Dual Leaf I can hear the IC snap in. Not so much with the Machine Pin. I need more, and I'd like to get the "better".

Thank you...

General Questions / Re: Fake 1N270s?
« on: December 09, 2016, 01:14:26 PM »

Is there such a thing as silicon 1N270s? I forgot where I picked these up, but I've got 8 diodes marked 1N270, and the FV equals .50!

Thank you,

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: Build Hum and Enclosure Shielding
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:09:34 PM »

I'm going on my 22nd build since June, and I've picked up a lot of GREAT tips from people here on the forum!! I sent an email to Ben, (RullyWow), yesterday about build hum, and how it varies from circuit to circuit. He gave me some good tips includng shielding the enclosure. Not sure what this entails. I use aluminium 1590Bs or 125Bs from either SB or Mammoth. I always cover the inside of the bottom plate with electrical tape just in case a component is sitting a bit too high.
I use my OneSpot 9V adapter to power everything. Some circuits hum like hell, some are quite! I mentioned to Ben that one circuit of his I built feedsback if I set the "Drive" pot too high. While others of his are dead quite. Might have used a bad pot...
He also mentioned something about keeping the DC power wires on the short side. What I have been doing lately is mounting the power supply on the "front" of the pedal, so I have almost 5" to 6" of wire inside the case going from the breakout in the back to the power supply in the front. I've also been twisting the positive and negative wires around each other to keep it tidy. If anyone has any other suggestions for cutting down on hum please let me know.

Thank you

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: The "Real" 1N34A Green Band
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:24:17 PM »

Any new folks looking for 1N34A diodes with the green band can find them here:

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