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General Questions / Re: Discontinued Delay Projects
« on: August 15, 2023, 03:46:31 PM »
Yes, all the non DMM projects are getting discontinued. I have a new project that will replace all of them. It's a combo of a DM-2 with different clock and modulation, 550MS of delay and has stereo outs. It's much easier to build than the existing 1590BB projects. It's called the Anamorph and it's already done. Just need to order the boards. I have one other delay project that is similar to the above but only has one BBD and goes in a 125B. That one is straight DM-2 (to replace the Aquababy).
Cool! Love me some delay. Still need to build a BBD delay. These sound like they will be fun.

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Open Discussion / Re: Anyone here mod guitars? Wierd ground issue
« on: August 07, 2023, 07:35:59 AM »
Glad you solved the issue. I’ve worked on lots of guitars and trouble shot SO many issues while working at fishman. Of course those were active pickups but I always follow the same 3 steps when I start.

- Check all grounding in guitar, even the bridge ground! Must have a bridge ground even with active electronics. Think of it as a safety net.

-Double and triple check switch wiring. Also do tap test and check coil tapping and other option if applicable

- Try a different test cable and amp…just in case. Then return step 1

Those seem pretty basic but most of the time I found the issue to be in the grounding or the optional wiring.

Also 5 way switches are the bane of my existence!! Lolz

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Open Discussion / PCB Design on iPad
« on: August 03, 2023, 08:26:20 AM »
Hey guys,
As most know I’ve been out of the game for quite some time, I was wondering if you guys use any apps on a tablet (specifically on a iPad) to design PCBs. If not do you use an android tablet or web based software. Not that I’m gonna be pumping out boards but might be good to learn some new software due to Eagle’s EOL coming at some point. Thanks in advance guys!

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: DBA Echo Dream - with reward
« on: August 01, 2023, 09:50:51 AM »
I’ll check to see if I still have my working one. I still have the old zip file…somewhere and I should be able to figure out what mods I did. Sorry for the delay (haha) on this. Took a break for a while.

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Open Discussion / Re: Returning to the fold…
« on: July 27, 2023, 07:42:47 AM »
Welcome back Mike! Place wasn't the same without you  ;D

I've been slowing down myself with regards to building so, if you ever need anything... just gimme a shout!
Thanks bud! Sometimes it takes a lot of bad to see the good! Now that my twins are 2 years old and my daughter is 9 (I still remember posting her pictures here when she was born) I have a little more time on my hands.

I saw that you were looking for some parts in the BST. DM me if you still need them and what you need. I can take a look and see if I saved some from the disaster.

Good to hear from you. Thanks for the warm welcome back!

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Open Discussion / Re: Returning to the fold…
« on: July 26, 2023, 06:27:52 PM »
Shoot, Mike glad to see you back around the way. If you want to get more into the nuts and bolts side of things I have some reading material I can give you.
That would be MONUMENTAL! I would seriously be eternally grateful. I actually am putting the finishing touches on my proto rig I bought from you a long time ago! Can I send you something in return? Knobs, switches, a couple enclosures?

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Nah dude. I have everything I need, thanks. I'll get you hooked up tomorrow.
You’re the best!! Thanks Brian!

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Open Discussion / Re: Returning to the fold…
« on: July 26, 2023, 06:27:00 PM »
Greetings fellow stay-at-home dad!
Hey bud!! Love that dad life!! Best thing that ever happened to my family! Hope to see more of you around here!

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Open Discussion / Re: Returning to the fold…
« on: July 26, 2023, 04:36:46 PM »
Welcome back, Mike!

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It feels right. I feel at home here! Thanks man!

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Open Discussion / Re: Returning to the fold…
« on: July 26, 2023, 04:30:49 PM »
Shoot, Mike glad to see you back around the way. If you want to get more into the nuts and bolts side of things I have some reading material I can give you.
That would be MONUMENTAL! I would seriously be eternally grateful. I actually am putting the finishing touches on my proto rig I bought from you a long time ago! Can I send you something in return? Knobs, switches, a couple enclosures?

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Open Discussion / Returning to the fold…
« on: July 26, 2023, 07:16:40 AM »
Hello all,
It’s been a bit over a year since the plumbing accident at my house (which ruined almost all of my stuff). So I took a bit of time off and a break from the scene. Also in that time I lost my job and became a full time stay at home dad with my 2 year old twins and 9 year old daughter. I now seem to have a bit more time on my hands and…well, idle hands and all that. So, instead of continuing the hobby from a musicians eye (tendinitis in my left hand prevents me from playing guitar) I am focusing more on the development side of things. Which means learning how to properly breadboard. Which I am excited for. Anyways I want to say thanks to all of you for the support through out the years and I am looking forward to this new outlook. Thanks everyone. You’ll be seeing more of me round here again.

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General Questions / Re: PT2399 Tape Stop Effect
« on: September 21, 2022, 08:38:07 PM »
Huh. That’s a neat trick!

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Open Discussion / Re: So apparently Fulltone is closing up...
« on: August 30, 2022, 12:05:40 PM »
Honestly, I never liked any of his products and…WOW! What an @sshat! Too bad others have to suffer on his behalf.

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Open Discussion / Re: 2021-2022
« on: June 04, 2022, 11:07:07 AM »
Hey guys,
First, thanks for all the congrats! The boys are super health and happy and so is the rest of the fam. That is the positive side of all this. No one is sick and we are all ok.

I have another question (and thanks for the advice so far) how would you value all the prototypes and failed builds. I, at this point, have no shame haha! I have quite a few failed builds and have no clue what it should be valued at! Thoughts?

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Open Discussion / 2021-2022
« on: June 01, 2022, 06:58:37 PM »
Hey All,
Been a while and I wanted to update anyone here that cares and ask any of you for a little advice / help if you are so willing.
The past couple years have been full of both exciting and devastating things for me. First I'll start with the traumatic emergency birth of my Twins, Drew and Miles. They were both born at 30 weeks due to a prolapsed umbilical cord on 5/28/21. Then rushed to Tufts Children's Hospital in Boston MA, only about 30 min from where I live. Drew was 3 lbs 6 oz and Miles was 4 lbs 2 oz. Once my wife healed they kicked us out due to COVID and we had commute back and forth to see our sons. But we did what we had to and made it work. 6 weeks later and a few scares later they came home!

That very same week construction started on the house. We had to add at least one bed room and bathroom for this house to work for us. But the noise didn't seem to bother the boys. They lived up to the NICU babies sleep through anything. This puts at just after July 4th of 2021.

I had returned to work and moved into a new position, and then forced into another position i didn't really want. That beside the point, the normal stresses of not being able to not afford child care and not afford my wife to be able to stay home all the time are applied to life. I then start to try and pickup some side hustle business and I get COVID for the 3rd time. even after having the vac and whatnot.

So i decide to sell some gear because hey "I have tendentious in my left wrist / thumb and can't play for more than 2 min anyways" and lets face it...I DO have too much of it...well, had too much of it, *cue disaster*!! The main sewer out from my house collapses and floods my workshop.

Now a little back story. I largely affected by the They dug up the ground where my main sewer line goes into the house 2 times during restoration. This was because the "gas company" couldn't locate the gas line...I get it. private contractors sent in from all around to help and all that. I was here I remember, and am VERY grateful for what they did, also bought them pizza on a few occasions to show it.

So, at this point the stucko ceiling is acting like a sprinkler and distributing sewage all over my workshop. "Mike", you might say, "what did you have in your workshop"? I'll list the major things to keep it short:

-Almost all of my guitar gear. except 1 guitar (which I will most likely post for sale here later)
-All of my drum gear (2 drum sets including stands, cymbals, and an extra snare or two
-My 1979 Roland JC120
-ALL of my pedal building and repair equipment (o-scopes, meters, and all that jazz)
-All of my power tools and toolboxes
-My entire woodworking bench including 2 bodies i was going to start working on
-Multiple customer pedals
-Multiple binders and boxes of vintage Magic The Gathering cards <-Nerd alert!!! HAHAHA!
The loss is monumental. I can't even begin to put a dollar value on it. It is in fact so "Big" to me that I honestly don't know / think i will ever bounce back from it. Sure there will be a payout and I could get some new cool gear that will look pretty on my board that doesn't get used...EVER! (sorry for the negativity) But this, to me sounds like a "let's hang it up for a while" kind of turning point. I have Twin Boys, an 8 yo Daughter, an amazing Wife that supports me through EVERYTHING, and a couple of dopes for dogs. I have plenty to keep me busy.

Here is where, if I could, ask this amazing forum for help. I have questions and was hoping some of you may have unfortunately, suffered something similar to this or know someone. Does anyone have any advice for me? I have contacted a Lawyer and am having a personal adjuster come out and inventory things with me. Any advice, thoughts, comments, suggestions, ect that you think would help please post them. I would like to say DM me but I am so busy right now that checking a thread and reading through it would be easier...sorry. I'll try to post some pictures for family cuteness lol!!
Thanks for reading...or not. This is worthy of TLDR haha

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Re: How to cut stripboard to size
« on: May 07, 2021, 05:52:12 PM »
I’ve done a bunch of vero builds over the years and here is how I cut to size and make drills and jumpers.

Cut to size
I measure one row and column out. So, if it is a 10 x 12 I measure 11 x 13 and cut down the middle of the extra row and column. I use a box cutter and metal ruler and score each side 4 or 5 times. Then I snap it with a pair of pliers and file the edges smooth.

I find that measuring the extra row and column gives me not only a straight line to score with the holes but extra “oops” room...just in case.

Save the first few leads that you cut off from the resistors or caps. These make great jumpers for the non copper side of the boards. They are nice and small and sit pretty flat on the board.

I find that wire is sometimes too bulky and gets in the way if you want a nice clean pcb. Also sometimes the stripped wire is a little too thick after you tin the wire for the jumper. At least you know the trimmed leads fit through the holes.

Drills / cuts
I honestly use a drill bit to make these. I do it by hand and usually test both sides of the trace with a multimeter. This is tedious but it’s how I first started doing cuts on vero. Plus it give you a nice even circular cut. I don’t go all the way through, just enough to cut the trace.

Other tips and tricks
Vero can be VERY frustrating if you don’t take your time and pay attention to detail. It is easy to connect traces and not even know it. Make sure that the ends of the runs are not touching at the edge of the board. Also it’s a good idea to run your razor (box cutter) down the space in between the copper runs. I do this a few times to make sure there are no unwanted solder bridges. I also run the tip of my iron down the same space just in case. One more thing...the less solder the better. Big globs are never your friend. If you do have a big glob on there it’s better to use you solder wick or pump and pull all the excess of and then reapply a little dab. Trust me, take the time it will save you many head aches.

Anyway hope my long winded, misspelled reply helps. ;-)


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