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Build Reports / Doombutter
« on: August 10, 2014, 03:32:23 PM »
I finished this one a few weeks ago, but just got to test it.  This is a strange little beast, but lots of fun to play with.  The board is one of Haberdasher's etches from the discontinued thread.  The only mod I included was the fuzz lift.

Open Discussion / NEZFBD
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:50:36 PM »
New Epiphone Zenith Fretless Bass Day!!!  I love my new toy.   ;D

Open Discussion / The 'Star Wars' theme on organ
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:05:42 AM »
Jelani Eddington plays the Main Title from the Star Wars Symphonic Suite at the 5/80 Sanfilippo Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in Barrington, Illinois.

Open Discussion / Strange Mouser / IE Problem
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:43:03 PM »
I am trying to search for some parts on Mouser.  When I choose their site from my favorites (or enter directly), IE redirects me to  The last time I was on Mouser's sites was yesterday, when I clicked on a link in one of Thomas's build documents which took me to the German site.  Now it won't let me back on the US site.

I tried clearing my cache (not my history - I hate clearing my history), then restarting IE, but that didn't work.  I sure hope someone out there knows how to fix this.

Build Reports / Sharkfin
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:05:58 PM »
My second completion of 2014 after the long holiday hiatus.  Very cool pedal and fun build.  I actually finished last weekend, but it took me 5 or 6 sessions to get the trimmers adjusted so the S&H could be used.

As usual, I borrowed ideas from several people on this forum.  The envirotex came out pretty good (I did this and my Harbinger / Voodoo Vibe at the same time).  And I took Cortexturizer's advice and added a blend control using a Schoon Toon board.

Open Discussion / Experience with Fulltone Customer Service
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:33:41 AM »
A friend of mine is trying to get warranty service on his Fulltone OCD pedal, and he has gotten a couple of nasty e-mails from Michael Fuller.  Anyone have any experience with him or his company?  I am truly impressed by how rude he was.

Build Reports / Voodoo Vibe (Harbinger)
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:33:06 PM »
I finally got back to work on some pedal projects after about 6 weeks.  First one finished - I actually started this one in September - was my Harbinger One.  The only mod is a toggle to select for 9v or 18v, with center off.  Also, this is my 2nd attempt at finishing with Envirotex and the results are much better than my first.  Thanks to juansolo for turning me on to Malleus artwork, and for his excellent tutorial on Envirotex.

The gutshot -

The side - the Envirotex here is much smoother than the first time I tried it.

Build Reports / Loophole
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:04:32 PM »
I finished my Loophole last weekend, just now finding the time to post.  This was etched by Haberdasher, purchased from the discontinued PCB thread.  This is also my first attempt at Envirotex, thanks to everyone who posted their advice.  It came out pretty good, but I might start another thread to get a few questions answered.

It works pretty well, I need to spend a little more time getting the hang of it.  I also found a 90 second version of the voice recorder chip on eBay, I'm considering buying one of those.

General Questions / Seattle members
« on: November 16, 2013, 09:58:42 AM »
Anyone out there get my Smallbear order?  I just checked the USPS delivery confirmation and it was delivered yesterday in Seattle.  Problem is, I live in Massachusetts.

Build Reports / New Test Rig
« on: October 12, 2013, 12:55:18 PM »
I had several pedals backlogged because I tore apart my old test rig and then took my time finishing my new one.  I tried to incorporate everything I thought I would need into one place.  It's got a built in test tone generator (JMK Tiny Tester), headphone amp (from TH Custom Effects) & an audio probe.  The box is mounted on an extra shelf from a closet organizer along with a breadboard. 

Open Discussion / Sound at Large Concert Venues
« on: August 26, 2013, 01:23:04 PM »
I need some music professionals (I am merely a hack / hobbyist who never got beyond the high school dance level of performing) to help me understand what goes on at a large venue regarding the house mix.  Specifically, the last 2 concerts I went to put out PAINFUL levels of sound.

The first problem is that the highs are so loud and shrill that it could make your ears bleed.  I suppose that the rock musicians of my vintage are probably deaf from spending years in front of Marshall and other stacks night after night, so they need the volume to be able to tell that their amps are on.  But younger performers who have only used smaller amps mixed through in-ear monitors shouldn’t need that level of volume – I would think that the in-ear system insulates them from outside noise, so they may not be aware how loud the house mix is.  Fortunately I have been packing earplugs for the last few years when I started running into this intermittently – even at smaller venues.  But obviously earplugs negatively affect my enjoyment of the performer.

The other problem – which is new to me – is that the bass drum is so amplified that it pounds your chest hard enough to crack ribs.  The audible byproduct of this is that it is hard to hear the bass player, especially if he is locked into the bass drum.

Maybe I’m an old fart, but I find this unpleasant to the point that I am considering never going to concerts in large venues anymore.  I have not found anyone who thinks these sound levels add to the experience – only some people who aren’t as annoyed by this as me.

Is this really a trend, or have I just had a few bad experiences?  Or is my age just making me too sensitive to this (you can say yes, I know I’m old…).

If this really is a trend, what’s the point?

Tech Help - Projects Page / Zero Point SDX Slam Question
« on: August 13, 2013, 07:51:30 PM »
I've seen this question asked in a couple of build reports, but I don't think it was ever answered:
Is there a way to tone down the effect of the slam switch? 

I'd like it to either oscillate a little less wildly, or get to that wild point a little slower or both.

Build Reports / Purple Phaze (a.k.a Stage Fright)
« on: August 04, 2013, 08:05:05 AM »
Finished my Stage Fright yesterday.  Great sounding pedal.  I had a purple powdercoated enclosure from Smallbear.

Build Reports / Finished 2 today
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:14:30 PM »
Madbean's ZPSDX & MusicPCB's Gristlizer

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