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Global Annoucements / Coming Up: Quarantine Builds
« on: March 20, 2020, 08:11:40 PM »
I don't think this will be a contest but next week we'll start a Quarantine Build area. I'm thinking a fun activity we can participate in (those of us that are available) as a group would alleviate some boredom and stress that goes along with our collective social isolation. So, I'll make an official announcement Monday. And, I will definitely be participating myself :) I actually have a lot of builds to complete for the coming weeks so it would be fun for me to have a WIP thread for one of them.

Global Annoucements / March restocks now available
« on: March 20, 2020, 07:58:58 AM »
Back in stock: 4:1, GreenBean, Glitchee, Harbinger 1.5, WeenerWah, WhiteHorse and Woodstork

Added to 50% off sale: Bloviator and Ping

The White Horse has been updated to v.5 from 4.2. The doc has been updated to reflect this (the main difference between the two is the clipping diodes which was already explained in the doc).

Turns out I had pulled up the wrong 1590A drill template when I created the RabbitHole2020 doc. I have updated both the pdf and PSD file. All that's changed is that the Vol and Sus pots were moved about one mm to the left and right of their previous positions. If you already drilled a box, have no fear. Just overdrill but a step or two and it will fit just fine.

Global Annoucements / COVID-19 and mbp
« on: March 12, 2020, 06:28:25 PM »
To piggyback on Josh's announcement ( --

mbp store will not be closing for all current stock but there will be a delay for re-stocks. The listed Mid-March releases were planned for next week but will come the week after (let's say around the 25th). This is just a sensible precaution for the items I have recently received that originate overseas. In fact, I won't be even handling them myself for several more days (and believe me I wanna open the box really bad :) )

The virus can linger on hard surface material for up to nine days (thank you Bio77) so let's just be safe and build in a generous buffer on our little pedal projects.

Global Annoucements / VFE back in stock plus two new projects
« on: March 07, 2020, 07:40:54 PM »

Two new VFE projects: the Fuzz Duo and IceScream.
The Fuzz Duo has both germanium and silicon fuzz in one package. And, it allows you to select between both types!
The IceScream is very much an updated TS style OD with a mid control. It includes a dual-gang 10kC pot and 1MD pot.
(I ran out of time today to finish the docs but they will be up Monday along with a video demo.)

- Switching Board v3 is now available and comes with every VFE project. I will make v.2 available on OSH Park this coming week if you have specific project you want it for.
- All other VFE back in stock except the White Horse which will be available within two weeks.
- You can now purchase the v3 board, MCU or both together if you need them for a non-mbp project. You can find this under the Bypass category on the Store page.

Global Annoucements / March releases - a change of pace
« on: March 06, 2020, 08:17:53 PM »
- All the re-stocks listed for mid-March will come in the next 7-10 days.
- I'm starting on the store re-design next week. It's time to align mbp with a more up to date experience in online shopping. The current system is antiquated.
- New project releases will no longer be announced in advance and instead be released piecemeal (like 1 to 3 at a time). This is to prevent me from blowing release dates and reduce my anxiety a bit, haha.
- New project releases are going to get a lot more frequent because of #3 on this list. You might see releases every month and in some cases more than once a month.
- My new plan for 2020 is to have a video demo for every new project released (long overdue).

(New giveaway PCB in April)

Open Discussion / Improved camera rig
« on: March 04, 2020, 03:47:55 PM »
Spent about $50 to make the demo setup a little more manageable. Now I can snap the phone into the little housing plug in the Zoom and away we go. Also, got the old Vixia camcorder out in case I want to do two angles. Eventually I want to make an overhead rig so I can have a top down shot.

This last demo i shot included multiple instances of me forgetting to hit "record" and also knocking the camera over halfway through the demo :)

Errata, Corrections, Revisions / Harbinger 1.5 100kC pots
« on: March 01, 2020, 11:43:01 PM »
I made a request of smallbear a few months ago to carry some PCB mount dual 100kC pots and it looks like they are now available. So, you future Harbinger 1.5 builders can get them here:

This is much, much better than wiring solder terminal pots.  8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Global Annoucements / Feb. 2020 projects released. Discount sale, too!
« on: February 27, 2020, 08:08:44 PM »
Feb.2020 projects released!
Dustbunny, Florist, Glitchee, Mudbunny, RabbitHole and SlowLoris.

50% Off Sale:
Collosalus, Aquaboy, Cherrybomb, Dirtbaby, HoneyDripper, Karate Shop, Moodring, Stank, Stutr, Wigl, Egghead and FatPants Jr.

Plus, cheaper shipping options for International customers. Orders $20 and under now ship $5 Canada and $6 everywhere else.


Global Annoucements / He's not quite dead yet...
« on: February 15, 2020, 04:48:09 PM »
This has been a week of hell but I am through the worst of my flu. Thanks to everyone who gave the well-wishes. I might have wished for an early grave at a few points but that was probably the delirium. I lost 8 lbs in the span of a week, plus I'm pretty sure I had a conversation with either Frank Zappa or Jesus at one point. Still a bit loopy but neurons are firing.

I'm catching up on outstanding orders this evening. Over the next day or so I will start to catch up on the forum posts and PMs I need to attend to. Not sure about the store projects yet but I'll get the train back on the tracks ASAP.

Open Discussion / My first day playing electric guitar.
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:39:59 PM »
I think I didn't know a single chord. I already had my "rock grimace" down.

Global Annoucements / BOTY winners announced!
« on: February 03, 2020, 08:36:40 PM »
Appreciate everyone's patience. The kid came down with actual flu a few days ago so my productivity has gone kaput! Here are all the official announcement threads (stickied at the top):

Thank you again to all our participants and sponsors. I really appreciate each and every one of you!

Open Discussion / This is a silly thread
« on: January 31, 2020, 07:35:43 PM »
Need to blow off some steam. Feel like I've been deep in the trenches of pedal psychosis for days now.

I'll start.

Here's me waiting to finish up the current workload.

Open Discussion / Another year, another weight loss plan :)
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:32:58 PM »
Last year, around this same time, I started on a fairly hardcore diet. I went full vegan/keto with the goal of losing about 50 lbs. I made it halfway. Then I gained it all back.

I've been feeling a bit bummed about that and decided it's a new year and now is the time to start again. But, differently. Around Fall I decided to take a break from 4 years of vegetarian eating and went back to poultry and fish. Mostly because I was getting sick of the vegetarian diet (although I still very much agree with the reasons I adopted it). So, this time around no keto/vegan/vegetarian. It's all about calories. I'm trying meal prep and storage. I'm going to eat at about a 1/3rd calorie deficiency for the next few weeks and see how it goes. Meals are prepped and stored with precise weights per food category and fruit snacks when I want them (obviously, I am sticking to healthy foods!) Stuff I'm not going to worry about: coffee and alcohol. I think I will eventually moderate those a bit more but one step at a time.

Maybe this will be the trick. Dunno. I do know I've felt kinda gross for the last couple of months and I'm ready to have a healthier outlook.

Anyone else trying a new food plan this year?

Open Discussion / A-ha!
« on: January 29, 2020, 07:21:07 AM »
Sockets for sub-mini tubes. I finded them.

Not cheap, but certainly a good idea.

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