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SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« on: February 12, 2021, 09:09:25 PM »
I posted something about this circuit a while back. It's a Bazz Fuss (of course), but with a pair of geremanium transistors in a darlington configuration. I used the oddball 2N1101 NPN transistor from Smallbear because it's available, relatively cheap, and nobody else is doing it.  8)

Added a gain control and some filtering here and there. I think it still needs a little tweaking, but it's got a decent sound as is.

The enclosure is from Love My Switches and I laser-etched the art. Then I used acrylic paint to back-fill the etched out parts (pickdropper taught me this technique). This was my first time doing this technique, and I think it worked pretty good. As always, getting good alignment is the devil in the details, but it's not *that* hard. Pretty nice look you can do 100% at home and on the fly. Here's my post right after I finished it so you can see it pre-drilled: https://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php?topic=32273

I can't find my SMT parts stash, so the indicator LED doesn't work until I either find that box or my new resistor kit arrives. :/

I got some wacky colors of paint I'm going to try next (sparkle purple, etc). I'll post my findings.





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Re: SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2021, 10:22:43 PM »
Looking spiffin! Great build and etch and all!
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Re: SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2021, 12:30:28 PM »
aww, bear!

The bazz fuss really is a useful circuit.
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Re: SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2021, 02:59:55 AM »
This laser and backfill technique is something I would love to do.  This looks really nice.  Great job.
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Re: SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2021, 09:00:23 AM »
Thanks guys!

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Re: SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2021, 11:39:01 AM »
Very cool. I love the Bazz Fuzz, lots of good learning can be done with that simple circuit.

Is this one going to become the next Function F(x) product?

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Re: SmallBazz - Germanium Discrete Darlington Bazz Fuss
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2021, 12:41:27 PM »
Is this one going to become the next Function F(x) product?

Negative. It's a neat little project, but not really something we would do as a branded product.  :)