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Build Reports / Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« on: October 09, 2021, 05:19:15 PM »
Alan, this really does need a gut shot.  I was able to find the original transformers and although the wiring started off as under the board it took a turn for the worse when I figured out I had all the external jacks backward and had to start from scratch.  This is a crazy pedal for "just" being a tremolo.

The flying wire is a chassis ground and there was no way I was taking out a footswitch again to use a grounding washer so it was plan "B".

Build Reports / Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« on: October 02, 2021, 05:44:44 PM »
And the last of the bunch:  The Wobulator

Very slick tremolo.  I butchered the paint job but this photo looks good so I'll run with it.

Build Reports / Re: Bunch of builds…again
« on: October 01, 2021, 05:57:40 PM »
Damn that Old School is too slick.  I love my build but yours adds a big scoop of cool graphics.

Build Reports / Re: Programmable 6-Switch Midi Controller
« on: September 29, 2021, 05:05:02 PM »
You're back!!  I'm totally onboard.  I'd also like to get my hands on a few of your Clapton boost boards as well if you still have any kicking about.

Open Discussion / Re: What do you think... Modular pre-amps
« on: September 28, 2021, 05:43:25 PM »
The idea just never really seems to catch.  I recall Jeff Beck using the Seymour Duncan Convertible and I think that was the first modular I ever saw.  Thought the idea was brilliant.

VFE Projects / Re: Another question about relay switching
« on: September 27, 2021, 04:20:42 PM »
PedalPCB has a version

Global Annoucements / Re: September releases are out - plus a new Giveaway
« on: September 23, 2021, 04:26:09 PM »
Quick shout out too.  Still the best documentation on the internet.  Period.

Global Annoucements / Re: September releases are out - plus a new Giveaway
« on: September 23, 2021, 03:57:16 PM »
And ordered.  Thanks Brian.

Open Discussion / Re: Small bear retiring
« on: September 23, 2021, 03:50:42 PM »
Feels like the end of an era.

That's the really sad part.  Folks like Lawrence and Cusack are doing a really nice job but Steve's was like walking into an old book store just because of the history and the cool nooks and crannies.  My most tense order was early in the game when I etched and built GGG's Phase 100 and had to place an order for the Vactrols.  Even early in the game they were pricey.

Open Discussion / Re: Small bear retiring
« on: September 22, 2021, 05:47:21 PM »
Small Bear has been my enabler thru this crazy journey.  This is really sad.  Steve has done a ton for the community.

Open Discussion / Re: NGD - Player strat.
« on: September 17, 2021, 07:52:35 PM »
I ride the volume control like a tilt-a-whirl so I like the stock placement but yeah, I get it. Very cool looking guitar.

General Questions / Re: pay to build project
« on: September 16, 2021, 04:57:24 PM »
If you need a reference:  Dan is the real deal.

Build Reports / Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« on: September 16, 2021, 04:56:10 PM »
Greg, good call on the ringer.  I'm really not a ring mod fan but this is, as Alan notes, too fun.

Build Reports / Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« on: September 16, 2021, 04:54:40 PM »
Are you having any issues with knob collisions? Looks like the spacing is quite close  :o

Big time.  You sort of have to turn them in unison :-)  I'm going to switch out the top row to the smaller grey aluminums that I used on the Dopple Ganger.  I thought about hiding the wiring underneath the board but especially when using ribbon cable (and I'm not a fan because it's too hard to see if you've stressed or snapped a connection) I decided it would be a troubleshooting nightmare.  I've built enough boards that I shouldn't be surprised but I was surprised to have it come up without any troubleshooting.  I remembered to solder in the rotary switches and THEN solder in the pots (which puts the ends of the lugs about even with the pcb).  My only major faux pas was the center column for the screw hole.  Not a big deal.  A worse deal was painting it in a really cool looking Behr (never used it before) green, getting the decal set, and then shooting clear only to find out that the Rustoleum and Behr were incompatible.  Newb level mistake and I watched the entire enclosure wrinkle into a crackled mess.  TBH I like this grey better anyway.  That's what I'm saying thru the tears anyway...

Build Reports / Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« on: September 16, 2021, 12:13:52 PM »
I seem to be going thru some sort of mini-chicken head knob phase.  I'll replace the top row as soon as my grey aluminum's get here.  In the meantime no mini-chickens were harmed during the building of this pedal.

This thing is just sick.  Another one of those "how the hell am I going to use THIS?" pedals but I've already spent a few hours having a blast with it on the bench so I guess I have my answer.  The build was pretty simple but lots of offboard wiring to the switches.  I made little attempt to keep it neat, I was more interested in keeping it short and direct to avoid any LFO ticking.  In drilling out the enclosure I completely forgot there was a center post (this has 6 screws) so had to do some creative filing.  Much needlessly foul language was involved.  The transformers I used were Hammonds and while they're way too big to fit on the daughter-board the leads were long enough that I could mount them on the side walls with little issue.

The enclosure is painted in Rustoleum "Cement" which attempts to look like concrete but to me looks more like a matte metallic grey.  I like it and shot the inside and outside of it, water-slide decals, and then matte clear.  I need to tweak the trimmers yet, so that's likely going to eat another few hours of playing it.

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