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    15, 22, 33, 47, 68... what's up with these weird values?

    Was working on a build last night, and started thinking there's gotta be a reason for these weird resistor and cap values. Sure enough, there is! Found this blog post about preferred numbers, French military balloons, and some cool math that described the "why?" well. Basically, these common...
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    Experimental Sound Studio - Quarantine Concerts

    I've been a Sam Wilkes fan for a couple years, and just came across a "quarantine concert" of his from the Experimental Sound Studio - it's a masterful performance. Seemed like some of you folks would enjoy Sam's concert, and/or other concerts on this channel - especially because of the...
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    SOLVED Deflector - no effect, just subtle distortion [NOW DEFLECTING!]

    Learning lots over here in troubleshooting mode. I built two Deflectors (one for me, one for pal), and one works! I got a problem with my second deflector build... I'm sniffing around with an audio probe, photos and multi-meter. Any thoughts would be super appreciated, folks! Resistors All the...
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    baking spray painted enclosures

    Snagged a toaster oven for three bucks at a thrift store, so I'm trying out some toaster oven baking for a build. My first experiment was 200F for 60min, and the brass/gold paint held up really well and didn't fade next to my control. The goal is to make the final paint job more durable. After...
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    Combo Platter - Squidward / Kazoo / Trumpeter ?

    Wondering if there are any obvious pitfalls that I'm not seeing to building my own War Scythe/Hoof Reaper-type pedal? The three PCBs on the inside would be a Kazoo / Trumpeter and a Squidward at the end. I might put an order switch in there for the Kazoo/Trumpeter, we'll see. Slapdash "artist"...
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    let's see your pedalboard!

    i tossed together a starter board a while ago, and it's suited me pretty well. but, i've built too many pedals, still got a few more to go, and i wanna use all of them. see? too many pedals for that little sucker! so, i'm thinking of building a ~32 x 16" pedalboard / case. kinda huge, but why...
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    spare parts working in mysterious ways...

    shoddy knob broke on the hood vent, and a blue chicken-head found a new spot to roost. might have to find a replacement for the other one, i'm thinking orange.
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    Universal Audio & LUNA - has anyone tried it yet?

    I've been playing around with the new LUNA (new DAW from Universal Audio). It's pretty impressive so far, intuitive and totally integrated with the I/O we got setup (Apollo x8p). The DAW is so new, updates are rapidly coming down the pike. So far, it's a total winner in my book, given that is...
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    lighting effects for delay "heads"?

    Found this neat video of someone's Sagan Delay build. The dry signal and three "tape heads" are connected to their own LED, and the LED's brightness reacts to the volume of each delay. Sounds like the creator of this particular Sagan Delay has a special sauce recipe that they intend on keeping...
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    Noise Gates - Muffler or Muzzle?

    Hey Folks - Just finished my Harmonic Percolator (w/ @Chuck D. Bones mods!) - and it's great. But, adding this up with some other pedals, things are getting a little noisy. I'm considering a noise gate build. What do folks think of the Muffler (MXR Noise Gate) compared to the Muzzle (Fortin...
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    CDXL Reissue Envelop Filter

    Fun build - took a while to find the time to make this for my pal. I played mine at practice a few months ago, and he said "FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN!?". So, I got around to tossing this one together, first official "commission" job with his requested color scheme and graphics. ;) This is the...
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    Etching without printers

    Hey Folks - I was wondering if there was any way to make an etched enclosure without using a printer and vector graphics. I do like making sweet waterslide decals, and I'm getting back into the swing of using vector graphics... but I'm interested in a more hands-on method for durable enclosure...
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    Chaos Machine - custom drill dimensions

    Hey Folks - I was going to use Tayda's custom drill service for a Chaos Machine 1590XX enclosure. Before I submit my order, I'm wondering if anyone else has done this already, and wouldn't mind sharing their measurements. Here are mine using PedalPCB/Tayda's format: SIDE HOLE NUMBER HOLE DIA...
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    "Google" searching now a feature of the forum!

    Hey Folks - I'm probably a little late to the game here, but... I just noticed that the forum is now "google searchable" - that's a pretty sweet upgrade! Woo hoo!
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    Power Supply 101

    Hey Folks - I'm up to 7 PedalPCB* pedals, plus Dyna Comp, Rat and TS-9... seems like my True Tone 1-Spot is getting to be overtaxed... right? Of course, not all are on at the same time, but it's nice to have an array of options for maximum tone diversity while picking and grinning. My...
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    Sea Horse // Mercurial Boost // Zapper // Phase II

    (photo links in titles of pedals, from my browser, the links look just like regular text!) Sea Horse - I may try to tinker with the ticking. For whatever reason, my pedal's ticking is SO faint and quiet, might not be worth opening up things. Overall, the pedals is so fun, lots of options from a...
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    SOLVED Magnetron - OPA2134 alternative? (solved!)

    Hey Folks - Can't believe I did this to myself - I glossed over my pick list, and didn't order an OPA2134 for my Magnetron Delay. Just finished soldering the jacks and 9V plug, ready to box up and drop in my ICs... and realized I didn't have the OPA2134! There are some threads talking about...
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    9V jack - long part positive (+)? Center negative (-)?

    Hey Folks - Total noob question: I got these 9V jacks from Tayda (part #A-991). I'm having trouble figuring out which lead off the jack is (+) and (-). Is this like caps and LEDs, where the longer lead is (+) and the shorter lead is (-)? The last 9V jacks I got had a diagram... these don't...
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    Mercurial Boost / VarioBoost - use a pre-drilled 3-knob enclosure and flip the pcb?

    I'm interested in building the Mercurial Boost / VarioBoost. The PCB is a 3-knob, yet the three knobs are not oriented like the Tayda enclosure. You think I could get a 3-knob and flip the PCB around on the inside, and simply run slightly longer wires to the switch and the in/outs? I've...
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    Small resistors - wrong markings but right Ohms

    Hey Folks - Working on my Seahorse, realized that I was sent 560-marked resistors from Tayda instead of receiving 470 Ohm resistors (for R20 on the schematic). Funnily enough, they all test at 480-ish Ohms, which is close enough. Have you all noticed this for your tiny resistors? I...
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