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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    That's very kind of you Adam, yes please :) I'll ping you a PM with my address.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    So after the frustration earlier, I had a much better afternoon.  I put together the whole of a FuzzDog Fuzzy Muff circuit, apart from wiring it into the box, and it all works.  Not sure how great it is as an effect; the crunch sound is nice but other than in the last 25% or so of the pot travel, there is a noticeable volume drop when engaged.  I have to have it at about 7-8 to get a unity volume - is that normal?  I imagine if I tried a different pot value I might be able to change that? 

    I just need to do something with the enclosure before I wire it in. 







    I also got started on my first Vero build.  I've cut the board to size, done the links (carefully) and got the resistors on.  It's a Lovepedal Eternity Burst clone: 



    I bought this as a kit from bits box so that I didn't have to faff hunting the correct components at the outset.  It says the diodes should be 1N914, but the ones that were supplied were 1N4148.  From what I've read, these should be interchangeable and have no issues? 
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2925
    1n914 and 1n4148 are essentially the same thing Steve.  I actually prefer the regular eternity the ‘burst’ version has a little too much gain for me.  It’s worth building both of them imo to see which you prefer.  
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Circuit built and tested.  I managed to link the pots backwards in my test rig, but other than that all working! :smiley: 






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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    edited April 8
    Excellent progress!

    Those greenies are big buggers, aren't they? But will do when you're short of a poly box. ;-)

    Edit - I just realised the greenie cap must have come with the Bitsbox kit of parts. Maybe because it has longer leads for the stretch?
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    Before carrying on, look up Schottky Diodes (1N5817) for reverse polarity protection. I always add one in line with the 9V+ if the circuit doesn't already have one. It will protect against getting the power the wrong way round. I solder one to the + terminal of the DC socket and then solder the red +9v wire to the other end of the diode. I'll cover it in my diary.
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2925
    Philtre said:
    Excellent progress!

    Those greenies are big buggers, aren't they? But will do when you're short of a poly box. ;-)

    Edit - I just realised the greenie cap must have come with the Bitsbox kit of parts. Maybe because it has longer leads for the stretch?
    I think the guys at bitsbox tend to supply what they have which will fit.  I’d bet if a bunch us all ordered the same kits at different times we might get slightly different parts which were all the same value.  
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Philtre said:
    Excellent progress!

    Those greenies are big buggers, aren't they? But will do when you're short of a poly box. ;-)
    Yeah, this was a kit bought from bits box, so I just got what I was given. I think it must be to do with the stretch as it straddles 6 rows.  Even the pots seem to be slightly off spec, as 470k instead of 500k but they seem to sound ok.   
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234

    Philtre said:
    Before carrying on, look up Schottky Diodes (1N5817) for reverse polarity protection. I always add one in line with the 9V+ if the circuit doesn't already have one. It will protect against getting the power the wrong way round. I solder one to the + terminal of the DC socket and then solder the red +9v wire to the other end of the diode. I'll cover it in my diary.
    Awesome, got some on the way. :)
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Managed to get a reasonably even coat with some primer and spray paint on the enclosures for the FuzzDog pedals.  Unfortunately seem to have a couple of little bits of dust in there - the garage wasn't as dust free as I would like. 





    Started having a play around trying to come up with graphics and have this so far for the SHO boost clone.  The drill marks aren't quite right so I need to play around some more, but this is my general idea.  Not sure yet how I am going to actually apply the graphics - I have a few options. 




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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    SteveF said:
    ... Unfortunately seem to have a couple of little bits of dust in there - the garage wasn't as dust free as I would like.
    Gawd, tell me about it! Every single one of my builds has a fleck or two of dust or a small fluff on it.
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  • OctafishOctafish Frets: 1040
    Adam_MD said:
    1n914 and 1n4148 are essentially the same thing Steve.  I actually prefer the regular eternity the ‘burst’ version has a little too much gain for me.  It’s worth building both of them imo to see which you prefer.  
    The 1n4148 is the newer improved version of the 1n914 with less leakage, as you say they are interchangable. Although they're supposedly discontinued I did pick up a batch of 1n914 at Rapid Electronics. The 1n914 has a lower forwarding voltage, I don't know enough to know if this would make any difference. I keep meaning to do a test against 1n4148s just to satisfy my curiosity as to whether there is any audible difference, bet there isn't!
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Awesome, thanks :) 

    So while waiting for paint to dry etc, I have been working on the artwork.  Started with the boost pedal and have refined the "Power Up" theme a bit. I think I will go for the sticky paper option this time - I don't think the colours will work with the water slide stuff. 


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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    Like it! Great concept! :-)
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Philtre said:
    Like it! Great concept! :-)
    Cheers Phil :) Now I just have to come up with something for the others! :lol: 
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Ok, so I've been working on artwork for the second Fuzz Dog pedal (the switch and pots are in the same place, so no faffing around with the template.  It's a clone of a very early Electro Harmonix pedal called the Muff Fuzz, which despite its name is apparently not a fuzz and is more of a low/med gain overdrive.  I figured that it was both old school and American, so I went hunting for images with that in mind and found this, which I adapted (very) slightly to make it work: 



    Unfortunately, I have encountered a problem.  My printer is printing with a regular missed line throughout. It's on the black ink cartridge so maybe it's something I can rectify with a sharpie but I doubt it.  Not sure if a new cartridge will work, or if it's something in the printer hardware that's blocked.  No amount of running the clean programme seems to make a difference. 

    I'll try a new cartridge and if that doesn't work, then it will be a new printer at some point. 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    edited April 9
    Artwork looks great, Steve!

    I hate faffing with inkjet printers, I usually leave that to Mrs. Philtre...I don't have the patience for them. When that problem happened to me once I just went and bought another printer for fifty squids from Argos. ;-)

    Edit - that missed line thing happens to my printer sometimes but doesn't do it on the highest best quality settings.
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  • aord43aord43 Frets: 285
    @SteveF ;
    Well done, just found this thread.  Nice artwork too!
    And welcome to stripboard.  I always reckon that using a PCB is not DIY-enough for me :)
    My latest build does use one of those stomp-switch daughterboards though (https://www.taydaelectronics.com/pcb/diy-guitar-effects/3pdt-footswitch-diy-pcb.html), so maybe I have gone to the dark side!
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    aord43 said:
    @SteveF ;
    I always reckon that using a PCB is not DIY-enough for me :)
    Same here, although I want to give it a go. My fear is with the PCB-mount pots and the risk of drilling the holes in the wrong place in the enclosure.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Philtre said:
    Artwork looks great, Steve!

    I hate faffing with inkjet printers, I usually leave that to Mrs. Philtre...I don't have the patience for them. When that problem happened to me once I just went and bought another printer for fifty squids from Argos. ;-)
    That could be the plan.  We rarely print at home so it was a cheap from Amazon anyway.  If I'm going to be using the printer a lot for this stuff, I may just get a new one.   There's a colour laser printer at work, but I'm not sure how good it is at quality printing on glossy paper. 

    Philtre said:

    Edit - that missed line thing happens to my printer sometimes but doesn't do it on the highest best quality settings.
    Ooh, I may give it a go on a high quality setting and see then. :) 

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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234

    aord43 said:
    @SteveF ;
    Well done, just found this thread.  Nice artwork too!
    And welcome to stripboard.  I always reckon that using a PCB is not DIY-enough for me :)
    My latest build does use one of those stomp-switch daughterboards though (https://www.taydaelectronics.com/pcb/diy-guitar-effects/3pdt-footswitch-diy-pcb.html), so maybe I have gone to the dark side!
    I agree - I'm quite intrigued looking around the internet at trying a home made PCB design/etch at some point.  I think I will leave that until the stage where I am designing my own circuits though.   I do like the little switch PCBs, they seem to make wiring the switch less faffy.  Those ones look like they hug the pins a bit better than the Fuzzdog ones too.  I can't see a diagram for how it's wired - do they ground the circuit input when it's bypassed?  I read somewhere that if you don't you can get noise in high gain circuits? 
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234

    Philtre said:
    aord43 said:
    @SteveF ;
    I always reckon that using a PCB is not DIY-enough for me :)
    Same here, although I want to give it a go. My fear is with the PCB-mount pots and the risk of drilling the holes in the wrong place in the enclosure.
    Nothing stopping you soldering wires from the PCB to the pots is there? (except on crammed builds, obvs). 
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2925
    Philtre said:
    aord43 said:
    @SteveF ;
    I always reckon that using a PCB is not DIY-enough for me :)
    Same here, although I want to give it a go.
    I was like that too for a while but these days I primarily prefer pcb as I like the Uber neatness I can get on my guts.  It’s also an absolute faff to wire up a load of pots and switches when you get used to the ease of install with board mounted pots.  

    Interestingly the best sounding pedal I’ve ever made was built with vero and I’ve tried 3 different pcbs from different pcb sellers and none of them sound as good! 
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Philtre said:


    Edit - that missed line thing happens to my printer sometimes but doesn't do it on the highest best quality settings.
    HUZZAH! It worked perfectly on the sticky paper on the highest quality setting :) 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    SteveF said:
    Philtre said:


    Edit - that missed line thing happens to my printer sometimes but doesn't do it on the highest best quality settings.
    HUZZAH! It worked perfectly on the sticky paper on the highest quality setting :) 
    HUZZAH indeed!
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  • aord43aord43 Frets: 285
    SteveF said:

    aord43 said:
    @SteveF ;
    Well done, just found this thread.  Nice artwork too!
    And welcome to stripboard.  I always reckon that using a PCB is not DIY-enough for me :)
    My latest build does use one of those stomp-switch daughterboards though (https://www.taydaelectronics.com/pcb/diy-guitar-effects/3pdt-footswitch-diy-pcb.html), so maybe I have gone to the dark side!
    I agree - I'm quite intrigued looking around the internet at trying a home made PCB design/etch at some point.  I think I will leave that until the stage where I am designing my own circuits though.   I do like the little switch PCBs, they seem to make wiring the switch less faffy.  Those ones look like they hug the pins a bit better than the Fuzzdog ones too.  I can't see a diagram for how it's wired - do they ground the circuit input when it's bypassed?  I read somewhere that if you don't you can get noise in high gain circuits? 
    I will check when I go home.  I didn't trace out the PCB in great detail, although I noted that it looks pretty much like how I would wire it by hand.

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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    All ready for clear coat.  As I've bought it already, I am going to have a go with a Plasticote spray can on these ones. If it ends up terrible, I can always refinish them later on.  A few thin coats is the way ahead to try and avoid drips etc.  Let's hope the dust monsters are asleep at the moment! 


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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    I'd be interested to see how this Plasticote spray works.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 234
    Philtre said:
    I'd be interested to see how this Plasticote spray works.
    The paint I used was plasticote too.  The finish wasn't too bad, but side by side with a powder coated enclosure, you can tell.  I'll see how the varnish goes but I'm sure once I get on the ET wagon I won't look back! :Lol:
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2925
    SteveF said:
    Philtre said:
    I'd be interested to see how this Plasticote spray works.
    The paint I used was plasticote too.  The finish wasn't too bad, but side by side with a powder coated enclosure, you can tell.  I'll see how the varnish goes but I'm sure once I get on the ET wagon I won't look back! :Lol:
    All my early painted enclosures are chipped to hell after being knocked about for a few years whereas all of the powder coated envirotex topped pedals look mint.  
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