Anyone got a handful of good germanium diodes they’re willing to part with at a reasonable price? Frankly, I don’t trust eBay for things like this.
And rightly so. The other guys gave you some good leads. Buy at least 10 (maybe more like 50), make the shipping cost worthwhile.Anyone got a handful of good germanium diodes they’re willing to part with at a reasonable price? Frankly, I don’t trust eBay for things like this.
Try whatever you like for all of the diodes (stick with 1N5817 for D100). I would use schottky, like BAT41, BAT42, BAT46 or 1N5817 for D1 & D2. You don't need Ge there. Install D1 & D2 in accordance with V2. Use Ge for D8 & D9 for the authentic sound. Most people socket the Ge diodes. Read the Build Docs carefully, then read them again. Pay close attention to the notes at the bottom of page 2.I just got some of the 1N100 Ge diodes from Small Bear - do you guys think they'll be good in the Parentheses?
@Chuck D. Bones , can you offer your opinion on what type of diodes I should get? I understand it's a matter of preference on how it sounds based on the individual circuit, but im not an audiophile. For example, I can't really tell the difference in a rat circuit the difference in sound between a lm308 and OP07. In the silicon diode world the "standard" that I have seen for signal clipping is 1n4148, 1n914, etc. Can you suggest a "standard" equivalent in the germanium world?And rightly so. The other guys gave you some good leads. Buy at least 10 (maybe more like 50), make the shipping cost worthwhile.
This exactly.One more thing about Ge diodes: like Ge transistors, they can be very leaky. Doesn't matter much in circuits that use them as hard clippers, like the Distortion+. It's critical in circuits like the Cornish G2 that use them as soft clippers. Leaky diodes kill the gain in that circuit. Ge leakage is a crap shoot. If you're building a G2, or something like it, best bet is to obtain some different part numbers, test them and hope for the best. "Hope" is not the best strategy in engineering, but sometimes it's all we have.