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VFE Projects / Fuzz Duo
« on: August 20, 2020, 07:34:39 PM »
Yeah this is not the place for this post but...
Fuzz Duo is different now where there are only 3 transistors.
Switch toggles between Si/Ge for Q1 and there is the added tone controls
Here is a pic. Thought I would share. :)

Open Discussion / D9E Diodes
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:24:06 PM »
 Wow... Go search those diodes now. My 2 cents...  Klone peeps out there better get those while you can before they are GONE!!!!!!!!!!!

Build Reports / VFE Tractor Beam (1st VFE build)
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:43:47 AM »
 I finally got around to making another pedal and decided on the Tractor Beam.
Pedal worked the 1st time with no issues.  My only question is that trimmer for the jfet, I found that if the trimmer is set almost all the way ccw I get the most phasing.
Pedal does sound great though and I will have to mess with the settings some more! lots of sounds from this one :-)

VFE Projects / Mini Mu for sale on VFE site!
« on: April 10, 2019, 06:59:30 PM »
 I ordered a Mini Mu from the VFE website and have a couple of questions.
Is it a spilt rail project? also those caps that are marked pwr I assume are 100nf caps?
Not much info on this pedal other then  "built exactly as shown on board, but may take tweaking/modding to dial in just right"  couple of Diodes on the board looks like maybe  1N4001?
Need a schematic for that one I guess,  anyone have any info for this pedal let me know!

Open Discussion / NAD fo me!!!
« on: March 31, 2019, 10:30:28 PM »
I just found this beast in a music store for $600!
SCORE!!!   2x12 old lonestar classic... and I must say it really is a massive fender twin on steroids and then some! 
gonna re tube it with a quad of 6v6's to get it at a lower club vol. as is I cannot turn it up past 3 and really you have to crank it up to find the sweet spot. LOL

VFE Projects / Hammond 1590B Drilled for VFE Project
« on: May 11, 2017, 08:06:46 PM »
Quick link here...

Pricey but if you have shaky hands or improper tools... these will work!

VFE Projects / Hammond 1590B2 for VFE pedals. . .
« on: May 03, 2017, 08:45:53 PM »
Can you use just a standard 1590B inclosure for these builds or the newer 1590B2's that are a pinch taller?

Build Reports / Octavias !
« on: April 03, 2015, 04:14:20 PM »
 Here is one of my strip board builds of an Tycobrahe Octavia clone.
For the longest time it was just an plain off white enclosure but, I purchased a P-Touch label-er and wholla...
I am still not good at getting perfect labels to line up but oh well!
I may end up adding a pre-gain 9mm pot to this one in place of the input pulldown resistor (50KB), I read that helps out with the upper octave. Sounds great still but this thing is pretty over the top!
some eye candy!  8)

... Lurking in the background is a scarab deluxe clone... I won't get into that one... needs silver knobbies  ::)


Build Reports / Harbinger One *revisited*
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:36:56 PM »
Big wow!
I finally had a chance to use this at a gig on a big stage with a primo PA setup...
Was basically running  a setup   Guitar > wah > harbinger one > fuzz > overdrives > modulation effects > mesa boogie

OMG...   Harbinger nails any good uni-vibe I have ever heard in spades! Spot on to anything I have heard Jimi using from the late 60s - maybe I got lucky with my LDRs?  hahaha
Thank you again MADBEAN!
my build is here

Build Reports / Harbinger One success!
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:28:48 AM »
  Wow!... So here it is, finally!
Lets set the wayback machine past 24 months or so... I first heard of the do it yourself pedal community and was intrigued at the thought of being able to make an effect pedal myself... the one I always wanted to make was a uni-vibe but, for me that was something I thought I could never be able to do because of the complexity of the build and me being a total noob that could not solder to save my life! So to kick start everything I purchased my 1st madbean PCB.. It was the Thunderpuss! And from there I continued on to other projects more complex then the next...   ANYWHO fast forward and FINALLY...  my Uni-Vibe - 

Many thanks to Madbean for all the great projects and thank you so much for the HARBINGER ONE -
This pedal sounds great... I can still maybe tweak the LDRs/Lamp orientation and all that fun stuff but... it more or less nails Jimi / Trower stuff in spades, however I am still picky on that exact warble that I hear from the Band of Gypsies stuff...   ::)  anywho...  I am rambling and here are some pics!

(I did my trademark move here melting the corner of that top left 1uF cap since I am all thumbs trying to solder the intensity lugs LOL  ;))

Yeah not sure the exact advantage of laying the LDRs flat or pointing them directly to the lamp... Was reading on GEO that pointing them at the lamp gives a more pronounced warble so I tried it. Shield is just flat black inside and if I ever find a proper shield that I can line with foil... I may try LDRs mounted flat...   8)


Tech Help - Projects Page / Harbinger One speed pot not working or lfo?
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:06:25 PM »
 Hey all, just finished a harbinger one build...  rocking it before I boxed it and the speed is not doing anything.
Without the light shield I can see that the lamp is on so that is good... I can turn the brightness up or down with the trimmers and with the lamp dimmed down,
if I use the light in the room and move the light shield up and down I can hear it doing the vibe thing... not sure where to begin to trouble shoot but any pointers would be great!  Can post pics. Also can do voltage readings if I know what to look for... Thanks!

Open Discussion / Tayda potentiometers?
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:52:24 PM »
Is it me or does anyone notice that the Tayda pots get scratchy fast? I have ordered pots from Tayda and am not really liking them as much as the ones I get from Sm Bear or Mouser... :-\   Maybe I got a bad batch from Tayda

General Questions / Harbinger Photocells?
« on: May 01, 2014, 11:08:13 AM »
 Hey all,
I saw somewhere that sm bear does not carry the proper photocells, this was posted:
-Bad News/Good News first: For the moment, I can't supply for the Univibe the very high-dark resistance photocells that Silonex used to make. The parts that they are currently making in China will work in a trem but not in a phaser. I have marked down my remaining stock, so you can get some very good parts at a price you would not usually see. I will do my best in coming months to secure a re-make of the Univibe-friendly photocells -

So are there any other places I can source those photocells?  Not sure I would trust ebay or Tayda for those!


Build Reports / And then there was my Kingslayer build #4
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:53:23 PM »
 Here is one I made for myself but I may get rid of it because I am done with putting decals over bare metal with flaws  :-[
but I suppose all that really counts is that it works flawless and is clean inside!   ;D
waiting for the sunking II boards! 

I put the overdrive on a carling stomp switch since I like to be able to swap modes without reaching down and flip a toggel...

and some eyecandy!:

and the guts

Thanks all!

Build Reports / Pinker Flesh!
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:17:08 PM »
 Yeah been busy, took a stab at another vero build, this time of a pink flesh, made it for myself and I must say, this one is staying glued to my pedal board!  Has that sound we all know from Mr. Gilmour in spades!

And of course the guts!

I have a thing for vero.... Very easy


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