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Build Reports / Re: Chaos Agent (horizontal layout)
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:14:10 AM »
Damn, that thing looks super clean! The hand-drawn lettering really matches the vibe of the originals, and the white paint really pops against that beautiful teal enclosure. I wish my handwriting was half as good as yours! Excellent work!

Build Reports / Parts Bin Fuzz Factory
« on: October 24, 2022, 06:20:48 AM »
 Due to the rising cost of, well, everything, my budget has been a little tight lately and has severely limited my pedal building as of late. However, it has also inspired me to become a bit more resourceful! I had a spare enclosure laying around, so I decided to raid my spare parts inventory to see what I could cobble together. I've always been intrigued by the Fuzz Factory and it's ability to get a wide variety of wild and wacky noises out of a relatively simple circuit, and since I had all the requisite pots, resistors, capacitors, switches, and jacks already on hand and a nice collection of Soviet germanium transistors to choose from, I decided to throw one together!

I've never had much luck with vero before, but I had several large pieces on hand so I decided to go for it anyway rather than spend the money on a board. Luckily it's such a simple circuit that it would be hard even for me to screw it up, so it went together rather uneventfully and unlike other vero builds I've attempted before it actually worked on the first try! Even the off-board wiring proved to be less of a rat's nest than anticipated, although it did take some forethought to get it that way. The layout I used didn't include any power filtering or polarity protection, which probably isn't an issue on its own but turned out to be necessary when used in conjuction with other pedals on a daisy chain, so I patched in a daughter board with a P-channel Mosfet protection scheme ala RG Keen and a filter capacitor to keep things copacetic. After that, it was just a matter of printing off some graphics on a waterslide decal and sealing it on with some epoxy resin and I had myself a Fuzz Factory I could be proud of, and proud of it I am!

Despite being a random collection of leftover parts, this thing RIPS. It's a wild, unruly fuzz that can double as a variable frequency oscillator or a radio receiver at certain settings. It can be a little hard to handle at times but it's also loads of fun to mess around with and try to harness the chaos! Odds are if you've been at this hobby for awhile you also likely have the necessary parts sitting around, so if you're ever looking for a low-cost rainy day project this one is certainly worth a shot!

Build Reports / Re: X-Fuzz, the fuzz you make when you hate fuzz
« on: October 12, 2022, 02:44:31 AM »
Excellent work, I love the graphics! I just might have to pull out some vero and throw one together myself!

General Questions / Re: Small Bear vs Tayda
« on: September 20, 2022, 04:13:12 AM »
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Drilling is my least favorite part about building and I generally don't put art or labels on pedals since I just build for myself and friends.

I wish someone carried a better selection of predrilled enclosures on the cheap. Tayda's prices are good and I use a bunch of their predrilled 125b's but their predrilled 1590b's are awkward for me to work with the way they are drilled for board mounted hardware. It'd be nice if there was 1590a predrilled 1-4 knob options.

Tayda offers a custom drilling service for all of the enclosure sizes they sell for $4.50 apiece if you don't feel like dealing with the predrilled options. It's pretty simple and easy to order as well.

General Questions / Re: Small Bear vs Tayda
« on: September 18, 2022, 12:31:12 AM »
I like Tayda for jellybean parts, and their powdercoating, drilling, and UV printing services really can't be beat if you're just a hobbyist building one-offs. I don't really trust their jacks and switches though. For that I tend to use the name-brand stuff from either BLMS or Small Bear. Small Bear is also good for a lot of the more pedal-specific or obsolete parts, especially certain ICs. Finally, Mouser and Digikey are my source for electrolytics, certain ICs that Small Bear doesn't have, MLCCs, and WIMA, Kemet, and TDK film caps since they look nicer than the ugly grey ones from Tayda.

Build Reports / Re: Total Recall
« on: September 16, 2022, 02:11:02 AM »
Looks great so far man, I am digging that faceplate!

Build Reports / Re: Baron of Arizona (Fraudhacker) Flanger
« on: September 16, 2022, 02:10:10 AM »
I don't know which is more epic, the build or the story behind it! Nice work!

Build Reports / Re: Return of the King
« on: September 04, 2022, 03:31:45 AM »
Holy crap man, that's gotta be one of the nicest pedals I've ever seen! Like it's not even fair. Awesome work as always!

Do you use the emboss of gloss options on the UV print or is that just the normal color layer?

Open Discussion / Re: So apparently Fulltone is closing up...
« on: August 25, 2022, 10:07:37 PM »
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy  ::) I do feel bad for his employees though, they don't deserve to lose their jobs just because their jerk of a boss couldn't resist running his mouth.

Open Discussion / Re: Your recommended “must build” projects
« on: August 15, 2022, 03:02:08 AM »
It's a tough one, but I gotta recommend the Aion Blueshift. Not only is an incredible-sounding circuit that truly is unique among choruses but the build itself feels like a rite of passage; if you can pull it off, you can handle almost anything!

Build Reports / Re: Windbag build
« on: August 10, 2022, 06:07:22 AM »
Oh man that color looks fantastic! I really wish I would've grabbed one while I had the chance, definitely gonna have to keep an eye out for their limited-edition drops in the future. Your graphics and choice of knobs work really well with it as well and makes for a super clean-looking build. Nice work!

Build Reports / Re: Sludge Hammer – Bass Driver
« on: August 03, 2022, 03:32:42 AM »
I gotta say man, you never fail to produce a truly spectacular-looking pedal! I love the fact that you matched the color scheme and general style of the graphics while making them so much cooler. Incredible work!

Build Reports / Re: PPCB Hydra and Spatialist
« on: August 03, 2022, 01:49:19 AM »
Holy crap that build is nice! That wire routing is super clean, and the graphics are just downright awesome. Nice work!

Build Reports / Re: Super Fuzz build
« on: July 15, 2022, 01:14:09 AM »
Nice work! I love the graphics, they're simple yet impactful. I totally feel you on ordering PCBs, it's so quick and easy these days that I almost never order boards from vendors anymore unless they're something special (and usually more complicated than I can manage in my free version of Eagle). It still can't beat vero for spontaneity, though- PCBs still require planning and time for fabrication and shipping, whereas on vero you can take a circuit from an idea to a functional prototype in a single evening. So there's definitely room for both methods in my toolbox  :)

Build Reports / Re: Sushi Box Black Eye
« on: July 09, 2022, 10:25:38 PM »
Man, that thing is slick! I've been interested in the GTO for awhile now, might have to give this one a shot! Did you drill out the enclosure yourself or order one of the predrilled ones they offer? Either way that is one hell of a clean build!

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