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General Questions / Re: Trouhbleshooting an Aion L5 Lab Series Preamp
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:22:31 PM »
First thing that jumped out at me was that Pin 8 on one of your 3080s (IC11) has full positive voltage.  According to the schematic and normal use of those chips, that should be no contact.  So that's the first thing I'd look at.  Solder bridge?  Something amiss in that area?

Build Reports / Re: BIG germanium MUFF
« on: May 25, 2019, 06:54:18 PM »
Welcome, and congrats on your build!

I wouldn't worry about the wiring.  If somebody strated a thread asking members to post the wiring jobs on their first few builds, you'd stop being so hard on yourself.

The LaSiDo guitars--Seagull, Norman, Art & Luthrie, Simon and Patrick--may be a decent fit based on your requirements.  I'll preface this by saying that I haven't played them in a while, but years ago I had a Norman B20, and it's pretty much what you said you wanted.  1-11/16" nut width, satin finish, classic/understated looks (the rosette was the only thing on the instrument anybody could even think about calling blingy), andit had a substantial C shaped neck with fat shoulders.  At the time, all the Seagulls and Normans and A&L guitars I tried were similar from guitar to guitar, too.  And they sound good.  Big, bold, meat and potatoes kind of sound--I thought they recorded well.  Worth considering.

In the end, I changed over to Guilds for the same reason you cited: I wanted a neck that was more like my favourite electric.  For me, that electric was a 90s Deluxe Strat Plus, so kind of the exact opposite of your preferences.  Thin.  A lot of Guild acoustics from the Rhode Island era forward have slender necks, but there's a fair bit of variety.  I've got a jumbo with a neck like my 90s strat that I love, but I also have an F-30 and its neck is considerably fatter.  Most of the Chinese Guilds I've played have thin necks, however, so be careful if you want to go in that direction or you may be disappointed.

Open Discussion / Re: Darkhorse SS2/G2 build doc
« on: May 02, 2019, 09:17:19 AM »
Aion just released a G2 PCB project and the documentation (if memory serves) has some mod info with respect to bass response.  Worth checking out.

Open Discussion / For everyone who hates those helping hands things
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:28:03 PM »
I saw this referenced in the most recent edition of TapeOp and thought it might interest some folks around here.  It's a different take on the whole "third hand"/"helping hands" deal using silicone.

Looks pretty cool, particularly if you are doing much in the way of guitar/amp/studio tech work.

Open Discussion / Re: EHX Attack Decay
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:46:05 PM »
... I really don't like the artwork. Looks a bit Black & Decker.

That's classic!  And unfortunately true.

Open Discussion / Re: You Don't Mess With NZ
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:39:41 PM »

Open Discussion / Re: You Don't Mess With NZ
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:38:02 PM »
Ah, us American tourists! When my family and I went to Australia this past June, people in Queensland kept guessing that we were Canadian and/or expressing surprise that we're from the States. A friendly local in Townsville shed some light, mentioning that we were the nicest Americans he had met. It also seemed like visitors from the U.S were comparatively rare in those parts other than Cairns, so maybe a few bad apples really stood out in peoples' minds. I'd say Bali is where I witnessed the most bad American and European tourist behavior.

Between Australia and New Zealand, I'd say people were equally friendly when we visited. On the West Coast of NZ's South Island, people may have been a bit crankier, but with that amount of rain I can hardly blame 'em. And yes Stephan, we totally want your PM to come over here and take over!
Yeah I guess the friendly cheeky rivalry between US and Canada is somewhat similar to OZ/NZ shenanigans ....

That comparison was at the front of my mind when I read this.  Something along the lines of, "Hey, Kiwis are like Canadians!"  The extreme (excessive?) politeness of the responses also hits that stereotype pretty hard.  At the same time, I also thought there was something really beautiful about it.  Maybe obsessing over it for the better part of two weeks is a bit much and I'm guessing that Kiwis have a bit of identity-based complex about Australia that can go over the line from time to time (god knows Canadians can take the American thing too far--and it also works less because I don't think Aussies actually have a reputation for rudeness/self-absorption), but IMO not letting the bastards drag you down into the muck with them is entirely praiseworthy.  Usually when stuff like this happens the people calling out the bad behavior end up coming off just as badly as the people they're criticizing.  Looks like that didn't happen here, and that's pretty cool.

Now bring on video clips of The Clean!

Open Discussion / You Don't Mess With NZ
« on: January 19, 2019, 09:54:00 PM »

I saw this yesterday and thought it was both a good laugh and strangely heartwarming.  The gist is a group of uncooth Brits on vacation to NZ behaved badly and the entire country basically turned against them.  My favourite part is when the locals try to voice their displeasure but can't quite bring themselves to say anything truly venomous, although the statement by the father is classic (Ive been looking at the Hobbits my whole life, since Im born, that was originally what our plans was, but its all been fked up now. ), and the horrible little boy ("I'll knock your brains out!") is great too.


For museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art are at the top of the list.

I second those recommendations.  The Met is just incredible.  The breadth of the collection is just astonishing.   Kind of like the Lourve in that way, you could spend days there.  They have a great collection of arms and armor if you're into that.  They have that suit of Henry VIII's armor that you see on all the history shows--kind of like the ultimate DIY project if you ask me.  MoMA is also crazy good.  But I'd also add the Guggenheim to the list.  Not just because of the collection but because of the building.  Really cool Frank Lloyd Wright design. 

I'd also consider the Whitney and that newer museum dedicated to film (I googled it, it's called "The Museum of the Moving Image".  Maybe they should have thought harder snappy name...), but I've never actually been to those places--I've just read about them.  But they look cool.

Also, now that I know there's a U-Boat in Chicago I'm dying to go back.  I've always wanted to see one of those, even if the staff and other patrons aren't likely to appreciate my solo attempts to recreate scenes from Das Boot.

Open Discussion / Re: 60s style OD. suggestions?
« on: January 13, 2019, 10:54:09 AM »
+1 to alanp's suggestion.  Rangemaster is the pedal that comes to mind.  If you make one with selectable input caps you can control the nature of the boost and it works well with an edge of breakup amp.  Maybe while rolling back the guitar volume some.

Another kind of off the wall suggstion is to try boost an amp with an older VCA compressor like an orange squeezer.  I've had considerable luck getting nice compressed rhythm OD tones that way, especially combined with another pedal.  Like a rangemaster.

+1 to the Field Museum.  If you like art I highly recommend the Art Institute of Chicago.  Very fine art museum, right up there with the Met and MFA Boston.  Grant Wood's American Gothic.  That Seurat painting that everyone loves but nobody knows the name of (I'm kind of ashamed I don't know its name).  Fine impressionist gallery.  And that famous painting of the lonesome diner at night that you've seen a million times but nobody knows the name of (Edward Hopper, Nighthawks)  Also recall a decent collection of arms and armour if you're into that, and nice Asian gallery.

If you like roller coasters, Cedar Point really isn't that far away.  Kind of the Mecca of that sort of thing.  Good times.

Open Discussion / Re: 60s style OD. suggestions?
« on: January 12, 2019, 06:07:25 PM »
Could you be more specific?  "60s style overdrive" is not at all specific.

Build Reports / Re: Aion L5 preamp build (Long overdue)
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:06:56 PM »
I dropped off the radar for a week and I totally missed this.  Way to go, neets!  Your build turned out every bit as beautiful as I expected.

Selling pickups is perfectly normal--not weird at all.  Selling a wiring harness is less common but by no means unheard of--especially if it was purchased from a reputable/known dealer.  As far as prices are concerned, you'll have to do the legwork on your own.  I usually start by looking on eBay.  Click on the completed listings filter and look at what people have actually been getting (not what they've been asking for).  Reverb is probably the other obvious + useful place to look for prices.  So long as you're asking for a reasonable price, are honest in your descriptions, and the items are in servicable condition there are no moral/ethical problems with selling your stuff.  So stop beating yourself up for no good reason!

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