A fresh Cheesemonger! Posted w/ an in-mix test

junderwood

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Taking a freshly built Cheesemonger fuzz pedal out for a spin in a mix to see how it works. So far I like it, but it does have a bit of a low output issue I think. Anybody mod these to address that? I'm pretty sure I got all the components right :unsure:...

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I'm slowly getting a little better at bonking letters/numbers into the aluminum cases. This is my favorite aesthetic - I love the rough and ready industrial vibe (which I totally swear I was doing before I knew Fairfield was doing it :ROFLMAO:). A trick that's helped me is to use a rubber or felt pad underneath little block of steel I use as an anvil on the other side. Something about increasing the contact time by absorbing some of the shock of the hammer blow makes a better indentation. I also recently purchased an arbor press to try to get much better/accurate impressions but I haven't been able to get enough torque on it yet. Would also be really curious how other people do this if anyone has found success in getting accurate and repeatable punching.

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In order to clear the interior of the led mount I had to solder the pots way up on their tippytoes, but it all worked out perfectly. I absolutely love building PedalPCB projects - they're always super well laid out and well made.

Here's the link to the in-mix test (An especially *cheesy* partial cover of Wolfmother's already cheesy 'Woman'): https://soundcloud.com/user-441976492%2Fcheesemonger-in-mix-test
Settings in-song are as you see them in the photo. Pedal is in full cheese mode.
Signal chain: Guitar (Kiesel Leia w/ Lollar alnico pole p90s) > Bogner Harlow V1 > Tayda EP Booster clone > PedalPCB Cheesemonger > Kemper

Guitars amateurishly double-tracked w/ Tone Junkie 'Super Dark Magic' and 'Spanky' profiles. Created with Reason 12
 
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fig

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At what volume setting are you seeing unity? I think that could be compared to another's build quite easily.
 

junderwood

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At what volume setting are you seeing unity? I think that could be compared to another's build quite easily.
Hard to tell w/ the fuzz, but I think unity happens at about 9 to 9.5 out of 10, if that makes sense. Maybe that's just the way the circuit works?
 
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fig

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I'm far from an expert but that doesn't seem like a design feature. Slight consideration for various pup / cable combinations, I'd guess ~3.75-6.25 for unity range seems reasonable. You could have a component out of tolerance I suppose.
 

Kroars

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Taking a freshly built Cheesemonger fuzz pedal out for a spin in a mix to see how it works. So far I like it, but it does have a bit of a low output issue I think. Anybody mod these to address that? I'm pretty sure I got all the components right :unsure:...

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I'm slowly getting a little better at bonking letters/numbers into the aluminum cases. This is my favorite aesthetic - I love the rough and ready industrial vibe (which I totally swear I was doing before I knew Fairfield was doing it :ROFLMAO:). A trick that's helped me is to use a rubber or felt pad underneath little block of steel I use as an anvil on the other side. Something about increasing the contact time by absorbing some of the shock of the hammer blow makes a better indentation. I also recently purchased an arbor press to try to get much better/accurate impressions but I haven't been able to get enough torque on it yet. Would also be really curious how other people do this if anyone has found success in getting accurate and repeatable punching.

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In order to clear the interior of the led mount I had to solder the pots way up on their tippytoes, but it all worked out perfectly. I absolutely love building PedalPCB projects - they're always super well laid out and well made.

Here's the link to the in-mix test (An especially *cheesy* partial cover of Wolfmother's already cheesy 'Woman'): https://soundcloud.com/user-441976492%2Fcheesemonger-in-mix-test
Settings in-song are as you see them in the photo. Pedal is in full cheese mode.
Signal chain: Guitar (Kiesel Leia w/ Lollar alnico pole p90s) > Bogner Harlow V1 > Tayda EP Booster clone > PedalPCB Cheesemonger > Kemper

Guitars amateurishly double-tracked w/ Tone Junkie 'Super Dark Magic' and 'Spanky' profiles. Created with Reason 12
Looks great! Nice work!!
 

Bricksnbeatles

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A trick that's helped me is to use a rubber or felt pad underneath little block of steel I use as an anvil on the other side. Something about increasing the contact time by absorbing some of the shock of the hammer blow makes a better indentation.
fwiw I think you’re right about that. I’ve actually found the best anvil I’ve used to be a vulcanized rubber mallet head held in a workmate. I think having just a little bit of springiness to allow follow through really helps the impressions strike cleanly and avoid chatter or double-impressions
 

mdc

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The originals are notoriously low output. If the PPCB version is a direct clone of the original, then I wouldn't be surprised if it barely hits unity.
 

music6000

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Thank you! I'd love to figure out the volume problem, but otherwise this is a real fun pedal. 🤘
Have you tried adjusting the trimmer to see if it is killing your output volume?

Farndurk use to clamp a bar across the top so he could set the flat side of the stamp against it to keep the letters square and straight.
I would glue a strip of rubber so it doesn't scar the face of the pedal.
 
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