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VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« on: September 13, 2020, 02:12:03 PM »
Some more projects getting finished, hell yeah!  Thanks to Dan for hooking me up with the J175s.  8)

Both these pedals sound fantastic.  The Fat control on the Alpha Dog gives the Rat a lot more usability, IMO.  The Dark Horse is a must build for DS-1 fans. It's kind of bitter sweet, because I just built 4 DS-1s with TA7136Ps the last few months for friends.  I'm kind of hoping I don't end up liking this one more.  :P





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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2020, 03:03:10 PM »
Those are incredible inside and out! Great work! Is that an old 308 can you had or do you have a reliable source? SBE has been out for some time now.
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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 07:11:06 PM »
Niiice. I love the VFE pedals.


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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 04:51:03 AM »
These are so good John. These are the cleanest vfe builds I've seen. Normally they are all bunched up and crammed in there, these are all kinds of clean and spacious. I hate cluttered and this is nice. 125b? And the graphics are crisp and clean.

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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2020, 07:35:48 AM »
I really like the artwork on both of these! Love the colors too. I did the Distortion three back in late 2019 and think it's fantastic. I did a yellow enclosure similar to your Alpha Dog. I managed to keep the wiring, etc. clean, but these VFE builds do require a certain level of wrapping one's head around.

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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 07:56:13 AM »
Very nice. Does that Kemet relay work ok with the VFE builds?

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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 12:10:30 PM »
Thanks everyone, appreciate it!

Is that an old 308 can you had or do you have a reliable source? SBE has been out for some time now.
I got the 308 from SB awhile back, I bought a few, so I had this one extra.

Niiice. I love the VFE pedals.
Me too, you recently talked me into to acquiring a Blueprint PCB.

These are so good John. These are the cleanest vfe builds I've seen. Normally they are all bunched up and crammed in there, these are all kinds of clean and spacious. I hate cluttered and this is nice. 125b? And the graphics are crisp and clean.
Thanks man.  The cleanliness is all Bean's new switching board, It's nice.  Nope these are 1590Bs. I put the jacks too low on the Alpha Dog.  The switching board is tight in that one, but I was lucky enough to get it together.  Also the top mounted DC jack is a tight squeeze, I had to file down the lip of the base plate for one of these.

I really like the artwork on both of these! Love the colors too. I did the Distortion three back in late 2019 and think it's fantastic. I did a yellow enclosure similar to your Alpha Dog. I managed to keep the wiring, etc. clean, but these VFE builds do require a certain level of wrapping one's head around.
Thanks!  Totally agree, the VFEs are usually a project I always miss a part or two for.  Having so many options in the power section makes lots of places to screw up.

Very nice. Does that Kemet relay work ok with the VFE builds?
I'm not sure that it's a Kemet.  I bought 10 of these a few years back, but they were not available last time I ordered.  They have worked fine in all the builds. 

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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2020, 09:28:56 AM »
These are awesome, love the look of the Alpha Dog!

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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2020, 01:36:11 AM »
Top shelf and above! Very nice inside out, perfect drill spacing too for the 9mm pots.
Did you use the filmless laser paper for these again? Got it nailed.
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Re: VFE Alpha Dog and Dark Horse
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2020, 02:48:47 AM »
Thanks!  8)

Yes, it's filminess laser paper, my go-to medium now a days :D.  My secret for drilling is a top-shelf center punch (Starrett).  I cost ~$30, but was worth it; one of my favorite tools.