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Build Reports / Re: Hot Cake (Fritter) just the syrup I needed
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:55:43 PM »
I really love the artwork and etch on this! So sweet with the stomp placement.

Nice work! I think your knob choice on the spirit box was spot on. Iím appreciating the wiring in all three. Good job!

Build Reports / Signal Conditioner
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:22:19 PM »
The snappiest name I have for this one would be the ďTurd PolisherĒ but I decided to just call it the ďSignal Conditioner.Ē Itís one Iíve actually been thinking about and planning for a very long time despite the spartan graphics.

This is a really nice gate into a bloviator that I added some fun features to. One of the things Iíve run into with the gate I was using was that if I switched between guitars, like going from a Tele to my P90 guitar I would have to change the threshold setting. On this one I put bypass on a toggle switch since itís not exactly something that gets turned on and off in a set. I then used a stomp switch to toggle between 2 different pots so I can have presets. Each pot has its own LED indicator. I was able to to accomplish it all with only a 3PDT by ganging the pot wipers to pad 2 on the board and only switching lugs 1 & 3. It switches nice with minimal popping.

I used a pair of tip shunting jacks between the circuits so I can individually place them in my chain. Normally I have run a gate near the front of my chain just to kill single coil hum and then a sonic stomp toward the end. I have noticed thereís enough hiss from the bloviator that I may put them both toward the end, just before delay/reverb and have the maximizer before the gate. Weíll see. Itís flexible enough for me to route either one wherever I want.

The knobs, stomp switches and fancy toggle switch dress nut come from BLMS. I'm actually pretty impressed with these compact 3PDTs. They're the cheapies but they have a really nice feel and sound and the solder lugs are nice. I'm sure I'll use them again. The board mounting brackets were drawn in Fusion 360 and printed in bronze PLA. I would normally use PETG but I ran out. I have to admit, it's nice printing in PLA after dealing with the gooeyness of PETG. And it prints so much faster.

To add to the fun, this includes a 10 segment display that functions as a VU meter of sorts. I hung that right off the output and it doesnít switch with bypass so itís always indicating signal strength. It doesnít give me any actual calibrated measurements but itís easy to see signal strength and itís a fun light show. That was a circuit and PCB layout I came up with like 5 years ago and I finally put it into something. I canít even remember fully how I came up with it but it works!

No fancy pics this time and the video and playing are crap. I just balanced my phone on my leg and played my bench guitar through my crappy bench amp to prove that the light show works.

Thanks for looking!

Open Discussion / Re: 3d printed Big Muff Knob
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:57:22 AM »
Dang. I didnít realize SLA has gotten that accessible. Thatís cheap! Whats the build volume? How is the smell/mess? And I love that goo is part of the name.

Build volume is tiny. In the pic I posted above.....that's the entire build plate (in terms of X / Y). It's 120 x 68 x 155mm (Z).

It's messier than it is smelly, in my opinion. The Elegoo brand resin is actually not that bad smell-wise. But that shit gets everywhere if you're not meticulous, and it's pretty nasty stuff. Resin printing is both messy and a bit wasteful (gloves, isopropyl alcohol, paper towels, etc). It also requires a whole cleanup process you don't need with FDM. And it requires a lot more supports for things that wouldn't be an issue with FDM, which means more time post-processing. But the print resolution is off the charts. And, because it's light-based and it can expose the entire build area at once, printing one of something takes as much time as printing 4 or 10 of that same model. So it's slow as hell for one-offs, but you make up for it when printing multiples.

The newer cheap SLAs are worth trying out if you're already a 3D printer guy. I wouldn't recommend this process for someone looking to get into 3D printing.

That sounds about right. I think I could handle the mess because of the trade-off in precision. It's just nice to know these things are finally getting within reach. I wonder how long the resin trays last and how much they cost to replace. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what you make. I had been starting to think about getting another FDM printer but I may just stick with mine for another year or so and see where SLA goes in that time. I honestly think that's a useful build volume for much of what I do. It would open up the potential to create custom knob molds for casting etc.

Open Discussion / Re: 3d printed Big Muff Knob
« on: January 12, 2020, 07:35:26 AM »
Nice work. That's been on my "to print" list for a while now, but D&D minis keep nudging it down the list. ::) Which SLA printer did you get, CJ?

Elegoo Mars. It's pretty nice, but the build area is quite limiting. Still, it's good enough to do a lot of fun things. I modeled and printed a Gibson "poker chip" and next I'm going to do the pickup switch cavity cover. Did some guitar picks, too. They look like they rolled out of a factory. It's crazy.

Dang. I didnít realize SLA has gotten that accessible. Thatís cheap! Whats the build volume? How is the smell/mess? And I love that goo is part of the name.

Open Discussion / Re: 3d printed Big Muff Knob
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:59:35 PM »
Nice work!

Open Discussion / Re: Shaving
« on: December 30, 2019, 11:09:35 PM »
Astra SPs for me. A carton of 100 costs about $8 and lasts me 2 years. And theyíre the best blades for me too.

Build Reports / Re: Poor Man's Flint
« on: December 25, 2019, 08:18:11 AM »
Nice job! Iíve been looking at those enclosures. I hope they come out with other stock finishes.

Open Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas 2019
« on: December 25, 2019, 08:15:52 AM »
Merry Christmas! Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

Build Reports / Re: The Red Baron flies again...
« on: December 17, 2019, 10:01:48 PM »
I love the blacked out innards. Something Iíve contemplated. Nice as usual!

Open Discussion / Re: Sooo according to the youtube commercial....
« on: December 17, 2019, 06:36:40 PM »
According to the YouTube commercial, with only a tenth grade education, I can google how to be a physicist, watch some YouTube videos and work for NASA? I feel like Iíve wasted my life......

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Then you can quit NASA and make glitter/fart bomb packages to get viral youtube videos!

Open Discussion / Re: Power Supply Units (PSU) and Pedalboards
« on: December 17, 2019, 06:33:28 PM »
I've been pleased with the TruTone CS6 on my Nano+ board.  I may try one of their bigger supplies.  That said, I also have not had any issues with the following:

Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+ (I have three of these)
Voodoo Labs Mondo
Cioks Adam
BBE Supa Charger

How are you liking that CS6? I've been eyeing that one for a while. There's a lot of versatility there in a tiny package. My board is bigger but I honestly think it would cover all my bases and I really like the form factor.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: December 16, 2019, 09:14:41 PM »
Came to work today and heard an interesting account.

All the conveyor belts at work have their bearings greased on a scheduled basis. The guy whose job it is was nipping around the plant with his grease gun, when he got up to our carton lift.

Now, it's a small platform that goes up and down inside a free-standing walled shaft. Boxes go into it on a conveyor, the conveyor on the platform takes them in, and then it goes up and unloads them onto another conveyor, higher up, all automatically.

So, the guy opens up the maintenance door at the bottom of the lift shaft, greases up the bearings closest to him, and then leans over the lift to grease the other side's bearings, blocking the built-in sensors as he did so.

Who can tell me what I didn't write?

He didn't lock out the isolator for the lift machinery.

He didn't even check that the isolator (and the lift) was turned off, at all.

He was damn lucky that another engineer was right there to turn the isolator off. The grease man is a tall guy, but even so he was on his tippy toes, caught between the partially raised platform and the upper edge of the maintenance entrance for the enclosed lift shaft. It was such a narrow gap his torso was stuck in, that the engineer was too scared to even turn the lift back on in manual mode, as he didn't feel they could take the chance of the platform lifting even a little bit more, so they went to the top of the lift and manually rewound the motor back by hand.

So, guess what training course a few of the maintenance guys are doing real soon.


Glad this didnít go the way it could have. That would be with you a while. Is he a buddy? If so, slap him. He should thank you.

Open Discussion / Re: More love for Smallbear
« on: December 14, 2019, 04:41:05 PM »
And now my parts are here! Net result: I have an extra enclosure and some tubescreamer parts to add to the stash. I donít mind the wait.

Open Discussion / Re: Build Roundup -2019
« on: December 13, 2019, 05:57:46 PM »
What a year! Everything here is amazing, man.

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