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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Not built it yet, but it will be this one.  I'm trying to get some enclosures done as I have run out of solder and I can knock out the circuits themselves fairly quickly whilst the enclosures are the bottleneck.  Working through my build list, I have couple of these to do, a Keeley 4 Knob compressor, an Earthquaker Disaster Transport Jr Delay, a ZW44 OD/Distortion, a RAT, A Suhr Riot, that Fuzz you sent me the link to and many others! I mainly struggle with inspiration for the artwork to be honest, or I'd do them much quicker. 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    New pedal day!

    This one is a clone of the ZVex Mastotron, a farty silicon fuzz, and the layout is here - http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/zvex-mastotron.html

    When it came to do the artwork and theme I wasn't getting any inspiration from elephants or suchlike. A few happy accidents later I came up with The Scotoma (see Scintillating Scotoma, something which I get from time to time):

    scotoma

    It was a bit of a squeeze getting it all into a 1590B which meant that the toggle switch is too close to the stomp switch, but as I'm not going to gig with it, will be OK.
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2865
    Niceness
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Ooh, I like that! Looks great.  Love that you're set for maximum relax! :D  Looking at that wiki, I also get something similar from time to time - never knew that was what it was called.  


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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    edited May 30
    Thanks, @SteveF. :-) I like this pedal going through an octaver, gives me that quirky St. Vincent sound. With ZVex fuxzz pedals, one should expect whacky sounds not straight up rock. Cheap to make, and fun to use!

    Next pedal is drying...something green is coming...(not a Tube Screamer ;) )
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    edited May 30
    BTW - I hate those big chunky toggle switches from Tayda/Bitsbox (SPDT, DPDT, etc), even if they call them "miniature". I can't find really small ones anywhere.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    I got some sub-miniature ones somewhere. I think bitsbox but I’ll check. They’re the ones you’re after
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    Yes I have sub-miniature ones from BB, but I want them even smaller!
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1032
    CPC do some tiny Multicomp toggle switches. I doubt you'll find any smaller than these.

    SPST on-on         SW02454
    SPDT on-off-on   SW02458
    DPST on-on        SW02449
    DPDT on-off-on   SW02452
    DPDT on-on-on   SW04070
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    CPC do some tiny Multicomp toggle switches. I doubt you'll find any smaller than these.

    SPST on-on         SW02454
    SPDT on-off-on   SW02458
    DPST on-on        SW02449
    DPDT on-off-on   SW02452
    DPDT on-on-on   SW04070
    Thanks! I'll check them out.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Yep, bitsbox. Pic below with a miniature DPDT and sub-miniature DPDT for scale: 


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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Random - I posted that hours ago... 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    Still TOO BIG! ;-)

    There are teensy tiny ones on TC Electronic pedals.

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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Funny enough I just noticed those on my flashback and hyper gravity.  Would be awesome to find some that small. 
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1032
    Comparison between the standard miniature and Multicomp subminiature switches:




    I've yet to find anything smaller!
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    Thanks @lasermonkey !
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    I know what you mean though @Philtre I don’t think that’s as small as the ones in the TC pedals. They’re tiny! 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    Yeah, very tiny. I searched online but couldn't find anything that small.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Yeah I just had a fruitless 10 mins searching too. I did find quite a lot of moaning online about their reliability though. Both the teeny-toggles and the soft press footswitches TC use. Although to be fair, I have 2 TC pedals and have had no issues. I abuse the flashback a bit too as I use it as a looper more often than not. 
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    While we’re on the subject of switches... @Adam_MD what footswitch do you use? I seem to remember you saying you rarely used 3PDT. Are you using a DPDT with a buffer bypass system or some other (optical?) switching? 
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2888
    Yes I use optical switching with an optocoupler and an alpha dpdt.  Depending on space I either use the board from 1776 or fuzzdog.  It looks like this when installed 



    http://1776effects.com/product/opto-tron-optical-bypass/

    https://shop.pedalparts.co.uk/OptoPuss_-_Optical_True_Bypass_PCB/p847124_17567616.aspx

    They feel nicer to use and are more reliable than a standard 3pdt.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Awesome, thanks, I'll give it a try.  I've ordered a relay bypass from 1776 to see what they're like too. 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    @Adam_MD do you solder your own components on the bypass board or do you buy the whole shebang?
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2888
    edited May 31
    No I just buy the boards and install my own parts.  I usually already have the resistor, cap and led in my parts drawers so just buy the optocoupler, pcb and switch.  

    1776 optotron uses a H11F1 which I get from RS or rapid depending on who’s cheaper and the fuzzdog board uses a TLP222G.

    I also buy my dpdt in bulk from rapid so they end up costing just under £2 a switch.  

    If you’re buying in bulk it’s a bit cheaper to get your own parts approx £5 all in but if you only need a few I just looked at fuzzdogs site and his kits are £6.60 which is very reasonable.  
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    I already had a load of DPDT switches and the resistors and caps so just ordered the boards and optocouplers. Managed to just buy the boards from 1776 for the relay switching too and got the transistor and relays from Mouser. 
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4770
    SteveF said:
    I've ordered a relay bypass from 1776 to see what they're like too. 


    I've heard of NOS but this is just ridiculous.

    If it's a USA model, it will be revolutionary.

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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    I just stocked up on Alpha 3PDT stomp switches from eBay, so I've got another 20 pedals to build before I can try the opto couplers. :o
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2888
    Philtre said:
    I just stocked up on Alpha 3PDT stomp switches from eBay, so I've got another 20 pedals to build before I can try the opto couplers. :o
    Build some multis and you’ll soon fly through those  ;)
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Philtre said:
    I just stocked up on Alpha 3PDT stomp switches from eBay, so I've got another 20 pedals to build before I can try the opto couplers. :o
    Nahhhh, just buy more parts! This hobby isn't about economy!
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 191
    Does it bother anyone else that it's 3PDT/4PDT and not TPDT/QPDT? Or failing that, change SPDT and DPDT to 1PDT and 2PDT... No? Just me then... :/
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