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Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Bacon Bits gain
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:19:23 PM »
Thanks Jacob.  Yeah, I was a bit crabby last night.  Looking for the easy way out.  Bacon Bits sounds great and makes the guitar knob very smooth and linear without losing any top end.  I just need to figure a way to get a bit more gain out of it.  Even cranked there's not a lot of level on tap.  Then again, maybe that's the point.  I wanted to find out anyone else's take on it.

General Questions / Re: amp kit II
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:01:08 PM »
You will have to put your hands in a live amp to check voltages etc.  The best advice in this thread is the hand in pocket thing.  Make yourself a capacitor drain and always check for voltage on caps (electros).  Other than that relax and have fun. You'll likely get bit sooner or later and it hurts, not that I'd know this from experience...  Getting flustered and rushing during troubleshooting is usual breakdown of safety standards so just be aware of what you're doing.

The first time you make an amp that sounds even remotely good you're screwed because amp building is at least as addictive as pedal building.  :D

" name is Gordo...I'm here tonite because I build amplifiers..."

Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Bacon Bits gain
« on: November 29, 2012, 08:30:37 PM »
Um, don't mean to be a d*ck but this many views and not even a nibble?

Build Reports / Re: kLION (Sunking)
« on: November 26, 2012, 08:22:44 PM »
Wow, nice tip of the hat to the original.

Build Reports / Re: "Silver Bullet" - Madbean Sparkplug
« on: November 26, 2012, 08:21:05 PM »

There might be a law against running a $150 guitar into that amp.

No, actually you get bonus points for that!!!

Very nice demo and a classic example of "cut to the chase".  Sweeping the knobs in real time was excellent.  I'm getting a bunch of fizzy "artifacts" at this end, and having had some problems with audio on YouTube I'm assuming that it's not part of the original recording.  Minor problem as I get the idea that I need to either order the board (most probable) or etch it as you've done (least probable)... :D

Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Bacon Bits gain
« on: November 26, 2012, 08:09:07 PM »

Build Reports / Re: 4 in 1! my most ambitious project yet.
« on: November 24, 2012, 01:23:54 PM »
That has to be the neatest pedal board I've ever seen! Very nice job on the multi as well. I play at church as well, but it's a bit of a running gag that I have a 5' swath taped out at the front of the stage with "Gordo" written in it.  My battleship sized board has marked it's territory. I'd like a smaller board but I love building too much...

Tech Help - Projects Page / Re: Bacon Bits gain
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:59:54 PM »
Update...I have two of the boards and swapped out a TL072 for the 272 on one of them and very little difference.  Maybe kick up R5 to about 200k or so?  I don't want to bugger up the freq response and the BB does a fine job of sparkle and keeping the guitar volume control linear and bright if it's first in line.

Tech Help - Projects Page / Bacon Bits gain
« on: November 23, 2012, 07:17:03 PM »
I'm too lazy/stupid to do the math to calc gain on the Bacon Bits, but what kind of boost should I expect on this thing?  Seems to be working just fine...full counter clockwise appears to be about unity but cranked is probably about (I'm guessing here) about a 10 or 12dB boost?  I was thinking this thing would be just roaring, given the amount of headroom on 18v.

Build Reports / Re: Purple Wrinkle 666!
« on: October 21, 2012, 05:23:55 PM »
GC, you're the new face of finishes.  How many of us have buggered up a paint job and sanded it back to get to where this is?  Hat's off, I'm liking it!

Build Reports / Re: Cerberus: Three Headed Hound of Fuzz!
« on: October 21, 2012, 05:21:06 PM »
I'm constantly blown away by the amount of talent around here.  Just sayin'...

I started with 9V and it sounded pretty crappy, although I never spent any time getting it dialed in.  When I went to 15V it was a game-changer and getting biasing done was a snap.  I used it on a few tunes today and it sounded really nice.  I tend to use it as a chorus that doesn't sound really "chorus-y" if that makes any sense.

I remember getting a shipment of Small Stones into the music store I worked at in 1977-78 (Gordie Brandt's Music if there's any Canadians out there) and it was interesting that no two of them sounded the same and at least half of them came back as dead or dying.  Point is that EH tended to use whatever they had for parts and the construction quality was iffy at best.  Still, there was a certain amount of magic involved and if you could keep them together (especially on the road) they were insanely cool.  There was a reason that you didn't see an awful lot of them on touring band's rigs.  This little CL that I've made is light years ahead of anything that EH has ever produced in terms of build quality and I suspect it will out-live me by a long shot.

Open Discussion / Re: Normally not something I post..
« on: October 21, 2012, 04:53:58 PM »
Wow, best of done so far was my wife snagging a decent toaster oven to bake the finishes on my pedals.  Having repaired or rebuilt a truckload of black and silver face bassmans I agree: hang on to that puppy.  They're nice little amps, a great piece of amp history, and an easy fix if it blows up.

Build Reports / Re: NicoFX's KTB!
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:03:44 PM »
I love the colour of the ribbon cables!

Yeah, kinda old-Marshall vibe to them (colors, not ribbons...)

Given the insane scarcity of the chips I doubt anyone would spend the time doing it. You'd likely be better off selling the chip. You could probably buy a BAG of MN's with the proceeds. :D

I will admit, though that although it's been ages since I've played a real 1024 pedal I seem to recall them being more dramatic than the MN3007 equivalents.  Might just be that they were pretty radical when they first came out and there was no other benchmark.  That said, I think my 3007 Current Lover is considerably quieter than the original EH EM.

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