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  1. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    Cool. I've messed around a bit with retuning for Jazz Basses. IME it's not the most straightforward circuit to tweak that way, so using an LTspice model helped me a lot in that regard. Here's one of my versions, which uses more "uptown modern" components that I typically have stashes of in my parts bins:
  2. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    What physical format did you use, breadboard, PCB, or ??? The ubiquitous "Uncle Fluffy" MM2B clone board got me back into this stuff years ago after a long hiatus and that guy was a huge help in getting me going on doing my own board layouts. It's a great sounding preamp in any case!
  3. Passinwind

    DIY Effects

    The Tillman FET booster/buffer is pretty simple, ditto the Stingray 2-band preamp. Another cool approach a little further on might be a simple tube preamp, something like the Alembic F2-B. I started with tube ones because it kind of removed the compulsion to keep going smaller and smaller. I'm also planning on releasing another open source board soon, just a simple single opamp gain stage with a trim pot: You could port that design to through-hole parts and learn a lot about KiCad just by looking at how I did some things, I reckon. My other open source one is on Talkbass, but it's fairly convoluted: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/the-passinwind-open-source-preamp.1259692/ I'm always happy to help out fellow DIY'ers when I can, but most of my experience is with amps and onboard stuff more than effects per se.
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    DIY Effects

    Yep, surface mount, 4 layer boards, flexible boards, etc. They ship worldwide for free as well, although I've heard things can move slowly outside of the US. Where I am, maybe 80 miles from OSH, I usually get boards in hand in around 12 days from the order date.
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    DIY Effects

    Thanks, purple is actually the default color from the most popular prototype board vendor in the US, OSHpark. They do a black one with clear solder mask now too though, which also looks pretty cool. And yeah, I mostly design my own circuits using LTspice and very rarely do clone stuff. But of course rolling your own and doing something truly unique are two very different things and there's so much to learn by analyzing existing popular circuits.
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    DIY Effects

    I've been using KiCAD for several years now, it's really come a long way in the last few revisions. Here's a prototype three band preamp I built yesterday: It's meant mainly to be an onboard one, hence the form factor.
  7. Yep, In the US there are very specific exclusions on insuring vintage instruments with our major shipping companies as well, and it's completely on the customer to determine if they need third party coverage.
  8. It means they needed actual NAMM members to pay actual US Dollars to promote NAMM stuff this year. It's a code word for "job security", mostly.
  9. Here's one with a roasted ash neck that I worked on the electronics for a couple of years ago: :
  10. Great to see more progress John. The EQ test plots you sent me look really good, and pretty much just as expected.
  11. In many cases these days you wouldn't necessarily go back to the cab from the DI. One speaker level output to the DI, one to the cab. Attenuating the signal passively is trivially easy, it just requires two low wattage resistors.
  12. Yep, I use mine for both time based effects and clean/dirty noise toy blending. I have the send level nominally set up in between instrument and line level and it works fine with both pedal and rack effect units. The return is optimized as an Aux In and comes before my variable high pass filter, making it quite useful for preamp pedals if and when I want a doubling setup.
  13. I had already pretty much retired from gigging two years before the pandemic hit, but I was still getting out of the house jamming at least once a week until March. At this point I haven't touched a bass in over a month, which usually means it's time to go into a guitar cycle for a year or two. So I reckon I'll take a stab at writing enough new material to eventually gig with, and I'll just hire someone else to play bass if and when that happens. I'd say May of 2022 might be a reasonable expectation where I am, FWIW.
  14. So how do you do the switch then? Here's what it would look like for me on a doubling gig, I just grab whichever bass I want to play and put the other one back in its stand, same as I would with any two basses.
  15. I'm a huge fan of "whatever works." When I started playing a real bass again it led me to a few setup changes with my BSX to make it a bit better as a trainer, but it will always be its own thing anyway. Before I bought it I was a longtime fan of a few EUB players and I never expected it to be a full substitute for an acoustic one. And the big band that was my last steady gig preferred fretless BG to either, go figure.
  16. Heh. I am firmly in the opposite camp. As someone who was almost always reading on my (great many) EUB gigs the faux bout on my BSX was an utter life saver when a page turn came due. My only strong prejudice is against EUBs on stands, homie can't dance to that.
  17. That might arguably called "shilling" in my world, or more importantly in the TB CUP. Especially if you haven't actually read the book. It's a very subjective thing though, and I don't mean to impugn either you or Alfie at all. For me the real problem comes more from web review sites like Yelp where a restaurant owner recruits negative reviews for the competition in return for a free appetizer, or possibly undeserved glowing ones for his own joint. On Amazon one can sometimes get a two for one deal in return for a positive review, for example.
  18. They've left at least one thread up, so best of luck to you with the book. In my case I had to become a Commercial User just to give away a free design I make no money from. But I did make my living in the music business service side for quite a few years, and there are some perks to being a CU as well.
  19. Nope, it doesn't work that way. A supporting membership lets individuals not in the music business sell personal gear. Commercial users register as such and post under a different code set out by the Commercial User Policy. I've been under those constraints for a few years now and it can be a substantial PITA. Pesonally, I'm pretty sure this thread violates the spirit of the TB CUP rules in at least one way or another, but I'm sure the mods over there will sort it out soon enough, and it's most definitely not my call in any way. 😎
  20. Years ago I heard this duo on my public radio station and went and saw one their rare US shows: Both these guys coax an amazing array of percussive sounds from their instruments, especially Kropinski. Those tabla-esque bits are one or the other, on acoustic guitar or EUB.
  21. Hi Edwin, I think your best best might be to work through the posts here: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/the-definitive-palatino-eub-modification-thread.303366/ , and then maybe in the associated longer TB thread as well. Repairing surface mount boards like that is actually fairly easy for many decent techs these days, but IME the learning curve could be kind of daunting for DIYers. Reverse engineering is often times a PITA because the small capacitors often have no labeling. Since replacing the stock onboard preamps seems to be a popular thing perhaps you can score a working unused stocker with a little luck. In any case, I'd suggest verifying that the pickup system is working properly before diving into the preamp section.
  22. I mostly just label mine "Noise." Am I doing it wrong?😎
  23. You just know I'm going to vote for a bespoke build. I'm still finishing up my all consuming100 watt tube amp build but a small combo is very much on my radar as a winter project. Before lockdown here so much of my playing was without drums and with just a handful of mostly acoustic instruments, and I expect it may be even more so once we get off this roller coaster. Nice job Phil, as usual.
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