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Open Discussion / Re: What is everyone doing????
« on: February 01, 2022, 02:36:50 PM »
I bought an SG for my brother-in-law once so I guess I can chime in.

I'm still building. It runs in real large peaks and valleys but I still enjoy it. My wife can't figure out to save her life why I still build pedals. Can't say I blame her. But I wonder why she keeps buying new yoga pants she doesn't need so I guess we are even  8) When I retire, in 3 or so years, I'll probably go to building a bunch of amps I don't need too. I've got this notion to volunteer for free at some luthier shop somewhere to learn to build an acoustic. I'll string guitars, clean the place etc.. and they can show me how to build. That probably won't happen but it is a notion I have.

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Open Discussion / Re: Movin to Orange County CA
« on: February 01, 2022, 02:24:21 PM »
I grew up in Huntington Beach but that was 70's. Moved with the parental units in 1980 to Nashville. I'm told CA has changed since the 70s  :o

You're going from a 6 month winter to...well.....no winter really.

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General Questions / Re: Solaris question
« on: September 06, 2021, 10:35:33 AM »
Mauman, very much appreciated that you took some time out. You are right of course on the mV for the higher V.

I got her working. To my ears having Q2 right under 7V beefs it up and slightly smooths out any mudiness. Less than that and itís too thin for me but itís all about preference.

But I guess itís a pedal you to pretty much dime out or at least that is how it is for me.

Again thanks for giving me a hand.

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General Questions / Re: Solaris question
« on: September 04, 2021, 01:39:16 PM »
You have 121V at basis of transistor? Try to measure it again. Ground probe of multimeter at ground at power plates, and hot probe at points you need to measure. And measure even ground at the desk, if it is connected with ground of power supply.

Zerro, what do you mean put the ground at the power plate?

I've measued this thing multiple times. Right now it reads 118v. Same way i've always done pedals. Put the ground to the enclosure. Of the 6 test points of the two transistors 5 are spot on within range of what the BOM suggests and then there is this odd ball. I didn't know it was possible to generate that voltage in this pedal.

I'm fine with just getting another board and doing a new one but I might end up with the same issue. Bad transformer maybe? I believe the pin orientation is correct though or the other test points would be off too I would think.

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General Questions / Re: Solaris question
« on: September 04, 2021, 09:01:18 AM »
Bringing this back up. So I still can't figure out this wonky voltage reading but now the pedal doesn't work or rather it does, just no fuzz. I guess my first thought is to confirm with someone other than myself the transformer is in the proper position. From everything I've researched it is. Anyone with any thoughts?


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General Questions / Re: LED question - Horizon
« on: August 14, 2021, 01:46:22 PM »
My guess is your foot switch failed.  Try jumping the pins on the 3PDT dedicated to the LED and see if the LED works then.   

I've over heated a few 3PDTs before and lost the function of only one column on the switch.

I was thinking this as well. I may just order a new switch pad .

Jimi itís the footswitch pad that something is wrong at least I think so.

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General Questions / Re: LED question - Horizon
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:16:57 AM »
Got distracted for a bit.

Does anyone have a guess as to what the ground lug is on this switch pad? I've tried to figure it out but can't be sure. This LED thing has me stumped.

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General Questions / Re: LED question - Horizon
« on: July 12, 2021, 12:42:38 PM »
Sure is Jimi.

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General Questions / LED question - Horizon
« on: July 12, 2021, 07:21:38 AM »
I guess if you build enough pedals you run into firsts. So I built up the Horizon, amazing pedal love it, and used it for a few months. Then one day the LED doesn't come on. The pedal still works. I think no biggie, bum LED so I swap it out. Nothing. So I figure let me pull it off board and wire directly to jack. No go but here is my question.

Can I ground the LED to any ground point? I thought I could. Typically I don't use 4PDT boards and wire the LED's with the ground attached to the 3PDT. But since this build uses the 3PDT board I can't do that. So, I just wired it to my main ground point at the input jack with the 9v anode directly to the DC jack like normal.

Anyone have any troubleshooting thoughts? Did any of this make sense?  :)

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General Questions / Solaris question
« on: July 12, 2021, 07:16:26 AM »
So, I just finished testing this one and it is working but I have quite the wonky voltage reading. I'm thinking it might sound better, or how it was designed, if I can figure out why this weird voltage reading. All other readings are on par. Anyone have any thoughts?

Q1
C = -.68
B = 121.4   :o
E = 0

Q2
C = -4.38
B = -.68
E = -.55

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General Questions / Re: NE 570 - Man O War
« on: March 16, 2021, 09:31:15 AM »
Killer. Thanks fellas.

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General Questions / NE 570 - Man O War
« on: March 16, 2021, 06:39:07 AM »
Anyone have a good source for this? Is there an equivalent for this build?

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General Questions / Re: Aion Blueshift
« on: November 20, 2020, 04:42:00 PM »
Ok thanks. Iíll be out of town for the next several days so Iíll pick back up on it then. Thanks Scruff.

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General Questions / Re: Aion Blueshift
« on: November 20, 2020, 08:04:14 AM »
If you don't have a scope, just audio probe pin 7 & 8 of each BBD while adjusting its bias.

I don't have a scope but I think I've got it dialed in real close.

However, what does it mean when I get zero sound out of pins 7 and 8 of the BBD's, IC's 3 & 9?
That they're not passing signal and you have no effect... when working, you should hear clean undistorted vibrato on each chip there.

I still get no signal from the BBD's on pins 7,8. I can say with 100% certaintly some type of chorus signal is passing through. Can't tell you how but when you click it on an off there is a audible difference but that explains my subtle comment earlier. I also get no signal from pin 7 of IC 2. I do get signal from a few other spots that I mentioned earlier in the thread so I know my audio probe works.

Scruffie, could a tant cap issue be the problem?

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General Questions / Re: Aion Blueshift
« on: November 19, 2020, 10:27:53 AM »
If you don't have a scope, just audio probe pin 7 & 8 of each BBD while adjusting its bias.

I don't have a scope but I think I've got it dialed in real close.

However, what does it mean when I get zero sound out of pins 7 and 8 of the BBD's, IC's 3 & 9?

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