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Its lack of a gain knob kind of limits its use a little, to either its stated porpoise, or to a use as a really massive fuzz sound. It is heavy clipping ICs, plus heavy clipping diodes, lovely and over-the-top. The EQ is interesting too, way more low end and way more high end than would generally be required for anything, but this is what makes it cool as a fuzz. Close enough conceptually to an IC muff to impersonate one as long as it is not a direct comparison.

And if you cannot turn up a proper heavy amp enough to move the speakers to sound right, the FX86 can definitely be a fantastic brutesy bedroom/low volume solution. One of those pedals that is kind of just fun to play through.

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Diggin' that analog delay. I recently got a Memory Toy that I really love, but I am kinda digging the harder repeats you got going here.

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What happens if you put a 1M in? :eyebrows:

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Broseidon wrote:
Diggin' that analog delay. I recently got a Memory Toy that I really love, but I am kinda digging the harder repeats you got going here.


The repeats can soften up as well, with the 'tape delay' knob.


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What happens if you put a 1M in? :eyebrows:


I think it'll stop working if you go much further beyond where I went? Based on my research.

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That may be true, but i wouldn't be able to resist alligator clipping a pot in there anyhow to see how far it could be pushed. :red:

I would guess that it might still work, but sound like dogshit because usually those things are tuned to very specific frequencies and the noise is removed by very specific filtering. Changing the arrangement too much usually ends up pushing the noise out of the range of the filters' attenuations and making a great big mess of the signal.

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Made TS808 for friend named Brown. Brownscreamer. The premade PCBs are a pleasure to work with, as Chris is well aware as of late from what I've seen :cop:

I've started making use of the laser engraver at work. It works best on black paint. I have to revise the ghetto fashion in which I determine where the words go, as I often get them a bit off... for instance as we see here they shouldn't be so close to the knobs.

Also as of late I've decided to quit bothering making the pedals accept batteries. No one uses them, especially if they need a screwdriver to replace them. It makes the build so much easier.

Also attached pic of the Bass Stack (was Fat Cat) I made for my bass player, after the engraving. It is possible to engrave images as well, I really haven't been utilizing this asset to its fullest potential.


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Ooh, lasers! Technological! Are you straight up tubescreamer-ing it, or doing one of the modded types?

And yeah, i have really been enjoying building the PCBs i got recently. (so far i have built the Klon and the Honey Bee, but haven't had enough time to actually play them at volume yet, so i will write about them a bit later once i get to do that) It is a nice change of pace and it actually allows me to build something in the hour or two i get between work and sleep when work gets busy. Vero is a much longer process, from board design to building to wiring, and i am wayyyy too impatient to do a normal build in that many broken up windows of time. For building other people's designs, PCB is swell.

The next step for me, is to start etching my own boards so i can build my own pedals on pcs too. I have a retarded delay that has been on hold forever just because there is too much shit going on to fit into a box unless i go PCB. :red: One day.

Now, does the laser work better on black or does it just show up better on black? If you did it on the bare aluminum, would it do it? Or is it just too reflective and you get spotty/inconsistent results? How deep is the etch?

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Ooh, lasers! Technological! Are you straight up tubescreamer-ing it, or doing one of the modded types?

The next step for me, is to start etching my own boards so i can build my own pedals on pcs too. I have a retarded delay that has been on hold forever just because there is too much shit going on to fit into a box unless i go PCB. :red: One day.

Now, does the laser work better on black or does it just show up better on black? If you did it on the bare aluminum, would it do it? Or is it just too reflective and you get spotty/inconsistent results? How deep is the etch?


I considered putting a switch for diodes, maybe to see what normal versus the asymmetrical in the SD-1 I love so much compares like, but in the end meh. It's for a friend, not me, I just gave him a straight up 808 clone. He can do the thing all metalheads do with them, a simple tool for the job.

The laser slices clean through black until it hits the substrate. It looks perfect on matte black paint. On the neon orange paint for a build I'm doing for my bass player it simply roughened the texture of the paint, no matter how many times I repeated it. And then the clear coat just eliminated what there was.

It shows on bare aluminum but more faintly. I've one of that coming up as well, and for that I ended up writing with a fine marker inside the etching to make it more visible.

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Okay just finished a big batch, a trio of Blowerbox clones.

I have a fascination with bass distortions because it seems there's more uncharted territory there, whereas with guitar seems it's all been done? At least to me. After I heard the clips of this pedal I knew I wanted it. I don't have a bass rig but on guitar it sounds like a gnarly Rat with cool EQ. But I brought it to rehearsal and let my bass player play through it and holy motherfuck this thing sounds AWESOME. In lower gain modes it gets that sort of scooped with brilliant top end that we love to use for rockin' pick bass. But when you crank the gain up it's like fucking armageddon. The EQ is perfect.

So naturally I needed to make my bass players have one for themselves as well. :unstrung:

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I agree on your direction on bass distortion. I got to play through a ton of them at the shop but never found one I really dug.

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Sounds very nice and brutal. :huzzah:

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Toan is in the gnome. :mexican:

What's the rig for this bass and amp-wise? 'Cause this sounds pretty damn fine, and right up me alley. :dukes:

Just 'cause I'm curious, what's the build cost on such a thing? :snax:

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Kimio uses a Peavey Firebass into a big 8x10, forgot the brand, maybe Ampeg?

I have been building them for people at cost, I think it came out to life fifty apiece. They are made from kits bought at https://mklec.com/

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Oooh. I may have to order one of these from ye. :isay: Just let me know what price + shipping to Buffalo would be. :snax:

I've heard good things about the Firebasses being A) decent and B) pretty cheap, so if I need a live bass rig at some point for my occasional metallibassings, I'll keep that in mind.

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I've had a lack of projects as of late and would gladly take it up. If you can confirm that you want that I can set the pieces in motion. It is surprisingly cheap, wouldn't run you more than fifty USD. Yours would be purple sparkle, I believe?

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Y'know, a finish color didn't even occur to me. :lol: You don't have to go out of your way for custom paint or anything, but I wouldn't turn it down either. :snax: Should it have a name? Snax Box? Snaxtortion? :idk:

But yeah, I'll confirm that, now that I've had a moment to think about it. I could use a proper dedicated bass distortion, and I'm digging those toans. Just hit me up with whatever the cost comes out to and I'll PayPal you the cash dollars?

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You got it my friend.

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Excellence. :rawk: :isay:

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