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by SpencerPedals
20 May 2010, 13:40
Forum: Parts Sourcing & Trading
Topic: Any common consensus on parts manufacturers?
Replies: 5
Views: 962

Re: Any common consensus on parts manufacturers?

Mouser is a very powerful site after you get used to it. The filters and search function work very well, in my opinion, and saving projects to your account is a great feature. As you find you don't have parts for a project, you just add them to it, save, and keep doing so until you have enough on th...
by SpencerPedals
19 May 2010, 15:59
Forum: Boutique Stompboxes dissected...
Topic: MV Shredhead
Replies: 69
Views: 15294

Re: MV Shreadhead

Shit I forgot Madbean's layouts are all posted. I was thinking he made layouts specifically for the site and sold them.
by SpencerPedals
19 May 2010, 14:59
Forum: Boutique Stompboxes dissected...
Topic: MV Shredhead
Replies: 69
Views: 15294

Re: MV Shreadhead

Indeed. The good news is that if Madbean doesn't agree with what's happening, he can simply cut him off and he'll have to do what everyone else does and actually design a PCB.
by SpencerPedals
14 Apr 2010, 03:10
Forum: Parts Sourcing & Trading
Topic: Vintage/Rare Component Harvesting/Removal Finds
Replies: 125
Views: 25060

Re: Vintage/Rare Component Harvesting/Removal Finds

Inductors. I had the same question myself when I started the recycling process.
by SpencerPedals
08 Apr 2010, 13:28
Forum: Veroboard, Perfboard, PCB & Point-to-Point
Topic: scroll saw for cutting PCB
Replies: 3
Views: 9505

Re: scroll saw for cutting PCB

I tried a scroll saw thinking it would be faster and easier and, in my case, it was definitely not. The blades didn't cut through efficiently at all. In my head it was a knife through butter. I now use tin snips to cut them out and it takes seconds. Block sanding the edges works if you can't cut str...
by SpencerPedals
08 Apr 2010, 12:52
Forum: Boutique Stompboxes dissected...
Topic: Skreddy - Mayo
Replies: 317
Views: 75438

Re: Skreddy - Mayo

Regarding the tonestack cap: http://gaussmarkov.net/wordpress/gallery/nordics-big-muff-pi-triangle-revision/ "When I looked at Nordic’s changes, I noticed a couple of other improvements myself and Nordic let me add them. For example, the transistors are lined up more neatly. I also decided to hook u...
by SpencerPedals
30 Mar 2010, 21:04
Forum: Ready-To-Build Effect Projects
Topic: Big Muff Plus
Replies: 92
Views: 13104

Re: Big Muff Plus

Yes, but all you get of you remove the second diode pair is rail-bashing which sounds horrible, and if you remove the first pair, you have to increase the gain of Q2 a bit (I reduced the emitter resistor). This gives you the Super Tonebender, which is just the same sound as the Big Muff but with re...
by SpencerPedals
30 Mar 2010, 13:37
Forum: Ready-To-Build Effect Projects
Topic: Big Muff Plus
Replies: 92
Views: 13104

Re: Big Muff Plus

Someone else pointed out that it's worth removing or making one of the diode pairs switchable, so that you can get a Jumbo Tonebender option. I tried this, but found that the difference wasn't really worth it - the Jumbo Tonebender never really had enough gain for me (though many big names love the...
by SpencerPedals
30 Mar 2010, 02:18
Forum: Ready-To-Build Effect Projects
Topic: Big Muff Plus
Replies: 92
Views: 13104

Re: Big Muff Plus

In the last 30 years, I've built hundreds of Big Muffs, and I can assure you that you just need high gain transistors to get the classic Big Muff Pi sound. It doesn't matter which ones you use (any silicon transistor with an Hfe of > 250 will sound exactly the same). I've experimented with differen...
by SpencerPedals
29 Mar 2010, 20:42
Forum: Ready-To-Build Effect Projects
Topic: Big Muff Plus
Replies: 92
Views: 13104

Re: Big Muff Plus

There's no point whatsoever in building a Big Muff with germanium transistors - the effect of them is entirely swamped by the effect of the brutal clipping introduced by the diodes. I have tried germanium diodes for the clippers, but all it does is reduce the level at which the brutal clipping begi...
by SpencerPedals
05 Mar 2010, 18:24
Forum: Vintage Stompbox Corner ( ... - 1975)
Topic: Maestro - MPF-1
Replies: 79
Views: 42052

Re: Maestro - MPF-1

If nothing surfaces in the next few months on this one I'll get brave and start upgrading my Eagle libraries. And read through the documentation explaining the switching, which is what put me off in the beginning. Quite a departure from my usual fuzz pedal building, but it's a unique beast.
by SpencerPedals
05 Mar 2010, 14:38
Forum: Vintage Stompbox Corner ( ... - 1975)
Topic: Maestro - MPF-1
Replies: 79
Views: 42052

Re: Maestro - MPF-1

I was in contact with him via PM a while ago and he is still working on the project but it has been delayed. It's alive, just dormant.
by SpencerPedals
26 Feb 2010, 03:42
Forum: Ready-To-Build Effect Projects
Topic: RnFR- The Toecutter
Replies: 124
Views: 8717

Re: RnFR- The Toecutter

Finally got around to breadboarding this with some low-leakage pirated germaniums, house numbered so I have no idea exactly what, and it will rattle your fucking skull. I've liked the clip since I heard it, but didn't have a closet full of parts. If anyone's ever heard the stuff from Slow Burn, the ...
by SpencerPedals
24 Feb 2010, 19:36
Forum: DIY Stompbox designs
Topic: ?? Attack /Decay Pedal ??
Replies: 27
Views: 5849

Re: ?? Attack /Decay Pedal ??

mictester wrote:
Zodd42 wrote:*still drooling*
Layout? PCB? Anything?
It's here somewhere, but real work has got in the way of the search. I'll look it out later today.
Any luck? Pardon the persistence...looking forward to etching up some boards soon.
by SpencerPedals
23 Feb 2010, 14:47
Forum: Capacitors
Topic: The 'Sound' of Capacitors..
Replies: 695
Views: 224784

Re: The "Sound" of Capacitors..

i'm sure we can figure something out. you really should be able to measure your caps though! i think you can build a capacitance meter too, if you want to go that route. just search google. Agreed. It's what makes a test like this difficult. You have to find two that are exactly the same, within to...
by SpencerPedals
22 Feb 2010, 14:48
Forum: DIY Stompbox designs
Topic: ?? Attack /Decay Pedal ??
Replies: 27
Views: 5849

Re: ?? Attack /Decay Pedal ??

Thanks for the info Mictester. I was going to build a Gator but if you have a layout for something better, I'd be interested. I want something I don't have to prompt to work (aside from playing a guitar) and that I don't have to use a metal pick for. Sounds like this could be what I'm after.
by SpencerPedals
19 Feb 2010, 19:44
Forum: DIY Stompbox designs
Topic: ?? Attack /Decay Pedal ??
Replies: 27
Views: 5849

Re: ?? Attack /Decay Pedal ??

How does the Paia Gator fit in here? I've read that it's a noise gate with a swell function that is better than the Slow Gear. There's an excellent project at Gaussmarkov's site but I don't understand why there's an external trigger and what the switch is for. I can't find much information on the pe...
by SpencerPedals
16 Feb 2010, 14:40
Forum: Boutique Stompboxes dissected...
Topic: Fulltone - Ultimate Octave
Replies: 51
Views: 18762

Re: Fulltone - Ultimate Octave

2N5172 is a NPN as well - no positive ground
by SpencerPedals
15 Feb 2010, 16:40
Forum: Boutique Stompboxes dissected...
Topic: Fulltone - Ultimate Octave
Replies: 51
Views: 18762

Re: Fulltone - Ultimate Octave

Visualdistortion wrote:Hi what is the way for place the second switch on the Gaussmarkov project?

EDIT: I've finded myself the solution ;) So he's project is adapted for don't use a 3pdt like the fulltonne or GGG... right sir?
I'm sorry but I'm not sure I understand the question
by SpencerPedals
05 Feb 2010, 01:00
Forum: Boutique Stompboxes dissected...
Topic: Fulltone - Ultimate Octave
Replies: 51
Views: 18762

Re: Fulltone - Ultimate Octave

I've modded the Gaussmarkov layout of the FTM for Ultimate Octave specs. I'll upload the info in the next few days, for those interested. I'm not doing anything until I get a chance to breadboard them and see which I prefer. The only differences are 50k pots vs. 100k pots, three caps values changed...