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  1. IIRC even EBS have called that phantom power at some point, no worries. My current daily driver bass actually has a 4 pin XLR output and could use +/- 15V external power if I needed it to. Right now I stilll just have a 9V battery in the breakout box and plan to do a quasi Ric-O thing as soon as my DIY tube amp finally gets finished.
  2. In the case of EBS that's not actually phantom power in the classic sense, just outboard power on a dedicated conductor. It works fine in my experience, but it still has the same potential issue with switch-on transients blowing stuff up.
  3. Yep, an unamplified upright bass is clearly what the OP wants and needs.😎 As @itu advised, a soft start feature is going to be a really good idea in any case.
  4. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    Another day, another janky filter preamp. This one is testing the cheap Tayda C taper dual pots, which so far are "working" but seemingly limiting my preferred tuning options a bit. But in any case the board will go on free share at OSHpark very soon and I also have done a more DIY friendly layout with all through-hole caps that will likely take a month or two to vet thoroughly.
  5. Yep, and that's my running total for four basses and one guitar. I prefer food grade pure orange oil (it's killer in brownies too), but those with plastic bits in the line of fire may not want to go that route.
  6. I use it in one form or another a few times a decade as a cleaner, whether I need to or not.
  7. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    And here the new one is, somehow only four days from ordering the PCBs to having a working unit on my test bench:
  8. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    There’s a very long thread on Talkbass with prior art, frequency response graphs, a schematic link, board share info and bill of materials, and many many tangents: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/the-passinwind-open-source-preamp.1259692/ . At the moment I only have the original Bass/Mid/LPF three band design on offer as a board share, but the standalone filter ones should be coming online in the next month or so. I’ll probably start with the SMD version and then look at doing a through hole one eventually too. This is all an open source non-commercial labor of love BTW.
  9. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    Still keeping pretty busy, this week I revisited my variable resonance low pass filter design and worked out the glitches: I've now ported the design to all SMD format and plan to add it to my open source onboard preamp collection, so anyone who wants to and can deal with SMDs can build their own.
  10. I pretty much always just use DC heaters for preamp level circuits these days. It's been a long time since I owned my B-15, but I dont remember it being nearly as quiet as the stuff I've built myself over the last decade or so. That amp was always a bit of a problem child though, unfortunately. It's very cool seeing a hand drawn layout, I've been CAD-only for several years now. 😉
  11. The ones I've known and played with all made their peace with it many years ago and mostly seem to keep their mouths shut and have a great time. As a long time professional sound mixer I've certainly had to come to grips with lousy mixes in bands I've worked in, but we all have issues. 😎
  12. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    I found time to try test onboard preamp builds with a couple of new DigiKey DKRed boards this week: The bottom one, a three bander, is now living in my fretless Marco Bass. I also tested my little mini-mix board yesterday, it works just as expected.
  13. Anything made during the last century unless it's an acoustic instrument.
  14. When I needed to ship a valuable old bass to The Netherlands from the US I just took it to the most well known uptown bass shop in Seattle and had them pack it for me, for which they charged me a whopping $40. Then I went down the street to the post office that they use frequently, and those guys were completely on top of it. It made for a 12+ hour day since I had to get a CITES inspection along the way, which would no longer be necessary, but I got 'er done and everything went as smoothly as one might hope for.
  15. I used one like this for many years: https://www.etsy.com/listing/963058918/vintage-vanity-case-vintage-samsonite?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_all&utm_custom1=_k_0a0a7ae6d1b610669c7e1a7393761fe7_k_&utm_content=bing_319339186_1310617986645934_81913644654434_pla-4585513245482005:pla-4585513245482005_c__963058918&utm_custom2=319339186 But not for that stupid money, it was like $5 at a thrift shop.
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