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Global Annoucements / Re: COVID-19 and mbp
« on: March 18, 2020, 07:38:06 PM »
This was published today, and directly measure SARS-CoV-1 vs. SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19).  Interestingly, they measure the half-life of the virus on copper, perfect for you Brian ;D

According to this 3-days is more than enough quarantine time. 

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973?query=RP

That's super, thanks for posting it!

Slight update: I fully expect sales to be pretty low right now. And, they should be while people focus on their immediate health and financial concerns. But, I'm still going to be plugging away as I always do because that's what I do :) So, I will carry on as if life is normal for now.

That said, I will be putting some of the regular re-stocks back in the store by Friday and the rest of the new stuff and re-designed layouts (Afterlife, Cupcake and Pastyface) next week as planned. Everything has worked out great and this will be decent size release.

I still plan on doing a demo for the Ice Scream and Fuzz Duo. It's a bit hard to figure out how considering everyone is at home and my wife is working/video conferencing during the day. But, I will follow through on my commitment to do demos for everything possible this year even if they come a bit late.

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 18, 2020, 06:48:19 PM »
We had the first confirmed case in our county today.

Many staples are still missing at the local grocery stores here. In addition to tp/paper towels almost all canned goods, bread, and most meats are gone. However, LOTS of fresh fruit!

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Open Discussion / Re: The Movie Thread....what are you watching?
« on: March 17, 2020, 08:25:43 PM »
I'm rewatching Outbreak on Netflix.  I guess I want to be amused by life imitating art or something like that.  Real life is so surreal at the moment.

That movie is so over the top 90's. It's ridiculous and fun. Contrast Contagion with the freaking helicopter chase scene in Outbreak, haha.

I just re-watched one of my old favorites, "Enemy Mine". Man, what a great little movie. The fx are pretty dated (even for the 80's) but it's just a nice story with good characters. I'm so old I saw this in the theater.

I just found out that the Uptown theater in DC is closing down. I used to live a couple miles from it. I saw so many good movies there. Jurassic Park, Ladyhawke and many others. My favorite theater of all time.

Maybe follow-up Enemy Mine with The Last Starfighter?

I had Ladyhawke on laserdisc.  Not quite sure why.

I have a BluRay of TLS which I still need to watch.

Actually, just last week I got a BR of a movie that was not available for a long long time: Until the End of the World from Wim Wenders. 5-hour cut, too! We used to cover a couple of tunes from the soundtrack back in the early 90's. Bonus, Max von Sydow is in it (he just passed away).

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Open Discussion / Re: The Movie Thread....what are you watching?
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:59:14 PM »
I'm rewatching Outbreak on Netflix.  I guess I want to be amused by life imitating art or something like that.  Real life is so surreal at the moment.

That movie is so over the top 90's. It's ridiculous and fun. Contrast Contagion with the freaking helicopter chase scene in Outbreak, haha.

I just re-watched one of my old favorites, "Enemy Mine". Man, what a great little movie. The fx are pretty dated (even for the 80's) but it's just a nice story with good characters. I'm so old I saw this in the theater.

I just found out that the Uptown theater in DC is closing down. I used to live a couple miles from it. I saw so many good movies there. Jurassic Park, Ladyhawke and many others. My favorite theater of all time.

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 17, 2020, 02:48:03 PM »
We're in day two of work from home and it has become clear that I am the caretaker. I've always been the caretaker.

Wife was working from home for two weeks b/c of the tornado. Now wife and child will be home for the next two weeks or longer from COVID. I'm considering going to the store and start licking the hands of strangers.

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Open Discussion / Re: But why toilet paper and not food?
« on: March 14, 2020, 08:10:43 AM »
Positive feedback loop!

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:22:53 AM »
Hey, there is a new positive side. If we are all "working" at home then we can bullshit all day and build pedals, right?

Maybe we need a COVID-19 group build thread. For funsies.

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 13, 2020, 07:20:19 AM »
Because I am not retiring anytime soon, I am actually quite selfishly happy the markets are doing poorly.  I keep pumping the same money into my funds, but I'm getting more shares for my dollars.  Had to explain this to someone just yesterday.  Yes, it could be difficult for someone who is drawing money out of an account, but if you are still paying in, it is a good situation to be in.

My wife and I had a lengthy discussion about this last night. In the last two weeks our retirement has lost almost 25% of its value and that will likely continue. On one hand, yeah, it will come back eventually and we have a lot of safe stock. OTOH, I was hoping to get her to retire within 7 years and now that may no longer be a possibility (if we keep our original goal). But, I'm trying to keep a healthy perspective. A recession was already impending (sorry, "correction"!) and this is just both the firing pin and the thing that is compounding the severity, I guess.

Still, there are more important concerns for the immediate future like safety and trying to maintain some normalcy in the coming weeks. Hey, there's always the chance this thing flips to a zombie apocalypse and at least I can look forward to being woefully unprepared for that.

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Global Annoucements / COVID-19 and mbp
« on: March 12, 2020, 06:28:25 PM »
To piggyback on Josh's announcement (https://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php?topic=30876.msg297609#new) --

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.

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 12, 2020, 04:01:46 PM »
Thread is re-opened after 24 hour quarantine. Let's let cool heads prevail this time. Or, I'll have to start administering vaccines.

Anyway, things continue to develop. If you have any personal impact stories let's hear them. Next week is spring break for the kids here so they have not announced any school closings yet. But, I think it may be coming even though the claim is TN is a "low risk" area of the country (until it isn't, of course).

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 11, 2020, 04:03:20 PM »
Enough. Take it somewhere else.

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 11, 2020, 02:36:26 PM »
Just wanna step back into the thread here and say I would like to see this topic stick to factual data in terms of current cases and projections. And (obviously) how it might be personally impacting you or people you know. Let's keep conjecture, spurious arguments and far-fetched hypotheticals to a minimum. Not that it's a big issue thus far, but this continues to shape up to be very serious here in the US (and of course much more so in other parts of the world). I'm anxious to see if we start seeing exponential growth in cases by the end of next week (in the US).

I'm actually now considering the impact it might have on mbp, as well. There might be some reasonable precautionary steps for me to take considering I am sending out merchandise from my home that comes from overseas. But, I haven't made a decision yet.

Anyway, please keep carrying on!

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 10, 2020, 05:54:43 PM »
My daughter packed off to DC yesterday for her 8th grade field trip. There were some thoughts they might cancel it but in the end they decided to go with the school principal accompanying. I'll admit I am a little nervous but I want her to have this experience. I am starting to suspect the school to close down for a few weeks in the near future, which seems to be happening in some other states already (mostly colleges).

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VFE Projects / Re: V2 Switching board issue
« on: March 10, 2020, 05:50:18 PM »
I think you've already solved it. That inductor is walloping your DC supply. Did you use the one suggested in the build doc? Your total drop with no load (no audio circuit) should be around 300mV, certainly not 3v. With a load the V+/- will drop a bit further but again not too much.

If you are using a good supply then it would not be an issue to simply jumper through in the inductor spot or maybe use a 22R-47R resistor in its place. Only other thing that might be an issue is the charge pump. Any subs there?

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Global Annoucements / Re: VFE back in stock plus two new projects
« on: March 09, 2020, 07:27:28 PM »
Awesome! All are very nice additions. I was in particular hoping for the Ice Scream.

I have a chart of frequencies and component values of a few TS variants compared to the VFE flavors that I'll post in the mods section.

That would be super-helpful. Thank you.
So far I have only tried the vanilla version but I have the components socekted and plan to try the rest today. Plus, I think I might suggest a change for the Low Cut knob, too.

Anyway, I expect to have the Fuzz Duo doc up today and IceScream tomorrow.
My pleasure. Here is the mod post:
https://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php?topic=30859.msg297459#msg297459

Yeah that is super helpful and I am going to link to the thread in the doc.

Speaking of, I will actually upload the Ice Scream doc tomorrow. it is 95% finished but I want more time to play with the different versions before I finalize it. I am think I might even suggest a 4th (mbp) version, too.

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