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Lovetone Love Fest
« on: August 25, 2021, 04:33:40 PM »
Lovetone pedals have always been a fascination, although sometimes a pretty too touch for live use.  Let alone the real estate they take up on a typical pedalboard.  Still...very cool stuff.  I already had a few builds from a few sources and a Dminner etched enclosure for one of them (previously posted) so I thought I'd add to the family with a few of Aion's new boards:

Spectron (Meatball).  I'd already built the Music PCB board but never really bonded with it.  This one nailed it and it's likely due to LDR/LED selection as well.  For whatever reason this is likely the best triggered filter I've made.  Close second is the Madbean Flunkee, due to it's dead simple operation, but good sound.  Laser'd powdercoat for the graphics.  I'll never remember what the jacks do on the back.  Didn't have room for front graphics, and if I ever need to get weird or expressive I'll just have to dig up the docs.







Next up is the Monolith (Big Cheeze) and the Obelisk (Brown Source).  I've never played either of these, which is strange considering I'm old as Moses.  Very nice pedals without being typical "out there" Lovetones.  Again, laser'd powdercoat.



And finally a few old builds with fresh knobs.  The Doppelganger and ?Flanger



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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2021, 05:09:47 PM »
Those look amazing! I really like the laser cut look.

I built a big cheese a while back and it's quickly become my favorite, might have to delve further into the rabbit hole

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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2021, 05:19:37 PM »
Well that flanger is about the best thing I've ever seen.

Edit: best thing. Wowwie I like that
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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2021, 06:26:59 PM »
Wow!  Killer builds.

That laser is serving you well, they look super pro.  My fave is the Spectron.  It looks spacey but still has a nod to the original.  I've got that PCB in my stash, glad to hear you like it.  I'm right there with you on the Flunkee.   

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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2021, 08:01:48 PM »
This is kinda funny.  Once I checked this post again I noticed I never soldered the header pins on the rotary switches.  It makes the build easier if you drop the daughter boards onto the pins once the main board is tightened down.  The fit is so tight that it worked anyway but I went back and soldered them.
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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2021, 08:47:06 PM »
Nice, you just need the Lovetone tremolo now!
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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2021, 05:55:36 AM »
Nice, you just need the Lovetone tremolo now!

AND... the Ring Stinger  8)

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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2021, 06:40:06 AM »
nice to see some of the new ones in field

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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2021, 07:35:12 AM »
Nice, lovefest indeed.


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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2021, 07:19:24 AM »
Alanp and G_L, I seem to be obsessed with completing the "set" so I found the Ring Stinger and Wobulator over at Deadend FX.  I found the OEP1200 transformers over at Newark for the Wobulator.  Does anyone have any idea where I can find the LT44 transformers for the Ring Stinger in the US??

Looks like the Hammond 145P at 20k primary: 1k CT secondary might do the trick.  Most places have them for $22 each.  Ouch.  I don't even like ring modulators, I just like Lovetone stuff.
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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2021, 07:31:33 AM »
Just looks glorious! Lovetone is not for everyone and I am starting to believe I am not one of them. Too big, kinda hard to dial in and option paralysis.

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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2021, 08:52:35 AM »
Too big, kinda hard to dial in and option paralysis.

That should have been their mantra.  Normally any one of those would drive me crazy but for some reason I find it kinda fascinating on these.  When I was young I toured with an ARP Avatar (which is likely why all my hair is gone) so it must be triggering some sort of underlying masochistic tendency.
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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2021, 09:09:13 AM »
Think I nailed the transformers.  I found Hammond 145p's at Powell Electronics in NJ for 18.83 a pop.  Crazy for a tiny little audio trans that likely cost a couple of bucks to make.  Gotta pay to play I guess.
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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2021, 09:50:42 PM »
Incredible work, your builds look amazing! I really need to get more Lovetone in my life, I put together a ? Flanger out of sheer curiosity and now I'd really like to round out the collection.

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Re: Lovetone Love Fest
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2021, 04:57:16 AM »
Alanp and G_L, I seem to be obsessed with completing the "set" so I found the Ring Stinger and Wobulator over at Deadend FX.  I found the OEP1200 transformers over at Newark for the Wobulator.  Does anyone have any idea where I can find the LT44 transformers for the Ring Stinger in the US??

Looks like the Hammond 145P at 20k primary: 1k CT secondary might do the trick.  Most places have them for $22 each.  Ouch.  I don't even like ring modulators, I just like Lovetone stuff.

Do you like octave up fuzz? Its awesome for that too.
Does some crazy gated tremolo also.
Id say unless you go balls to the wall, the blend knob is a godsend and in that sense its a great "background texture machine"