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Open Discussion / Re: Do I need a Moog?
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:07:12 PM »


  Thanks for that reply AlanP. Guess it (SMD, machine built) was the only way to hit the price point. That does make any hardware modification quite a bit more difficult. I guess it's still cool for the price, particularly when compared to a Moog if the sounds are decent. 

 Regards, Jim

Open Discussion / Re: Do I need a Moog?
« on: December 11, 2018, 03:32:43 PM »


  I heard about the "B" MM when it was first being discussed. Does anyone  know if they used thru hole or SMD? If it's thru hole, I think it would be a SUPER cool unit to mess with and modify. If SMD, not quite so much, but could still be neat to use as a sound generator depending on how well of a job "B" did.  I think it was going to have both MIDI and CV I/O, so a lot of interfacing possibilities are there.

 I have a '74 MM and would really like to add a bunch of CV and other I/O to it, but it's worth way to much $ to mess with. I bought it really cheap in the mid '80s when there wasn't much demand for them and did a lot of refurb on it. It's a VERY cool mono-synth though, great, huge tones, a true classic.

 So to answer your question, IMO if you're just getting into analog synths, the "B" could be an inexpensive way to see what you think of that world and perhaps mutate it into something even cooler.

 Would like to hear opinions from anyone who bought one, particularly if you've used it as part of a larger modular/semi-modular system.

 Regards, Jim

Build Reports / Re: Pepper Spray - Harmonic Percolator
« on: December 10, 2018, 04:00:08 PM »


 Nice build!  I'm just ordering a couple of these boards today. I usually add some options on switches after I do a preliminary build on the bench, prior to a final, boxed version. I'll try a bunch of different cap values, diode/transistor types/etc. and then try to decide which options would be most usable for the final version. Then I'll figure out what sized enclosure best fits. I tend to build pedals to the more roomy side, although it seems the current trend is to go smaller.

 So, what is your opinion of the sound/usability of the PS? How would you compare/rate it to/against other distortion boxes? Are you inclined to try any of the alternate component values or had you previously? Thanks much for any input.

 Regards, Jim

Introductions / Greetings from PA, USA
« on: December 10, 2018, 03:44:20 PM »
 Hi Everyone!

 Just signed up here, found this place from freestomp. So, I run a small company building tube gear for musicians (amps some FX) and studios (mic pres, compressors, etc.). We also work on Hammond Tone Wheel organs, analog studio consoles and outboard gear, some old analog synths and actually very few pedals.

  My pedal interest is more of a personal hobby than a part of the biz. I've charged to repair pedals, but so far my couple of home brews have been given away to friends/clients.  I don't see pedals as a good biz venture time wise, the market is massively crowded with tons of stuff from great to awful and at every price range. My interests are in some of the more obscure, long out of production items, which is where MBs boards will come in. As we build everything turret board, I don't have much in the way of PC layout skills, so I'm really happy to find a resource like MB.

 Well, you all have a great holiday season and take care!

Best Regards, Jim

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