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    The preamp board wired up. This is the original preamp board. The circuit was adding a simple reverb circuit that totally ruined the sound of the amp so later we bypassed and removed this part of the circuit. The third socket from the left and its associated circuitry were removed.

    The preamp board wired up. This is the original preamp board. The circuit was adding a simple reverb circuit that totally ruined the sound of the amp so later we bypassed and removed this part of the circuit. The third socket from the left and its associated circuitry were removed.

Not your average Danelectro BLT!

Not your average Danelectro BLT!
Original cost – $22.00
Added parts – $2.50
Time – 2 hours
Result – A pedal that should cost around $200.00

As you can see it’s all SMD surface mount stuff. I desoldered a single resistor and I replaced that with a 9mm 50K variable potentiometer with some random mixer knob I had laying around. I drilled a hole in the case to mount the pot. It turns out there is an indentation there that just wasn’t drilled out since the case is a standard device shared with this whole line of pedals just in different colors. The left over 6.8K resistor I then added across a cut I made to the circuit trace in series with the mix pot to pad the mix knob on the left in the clockwise direction to add a little of the dry mix in the sweep. The sweep went from totally dry to 50% wet/dry mix on the amount of delay effect. All I did was add more wet to about the last 4/5 of the rotation. I cannot go to full wet and its not a sound I am worried about. I still have the complete dry signal at counterclockwise position. After doing the mod I decided that this tweak though possible, is not worth the effort. It is effective though and works fine.

The pot I added in the first mod controls the time. These pedals as originally stock are set to a fixed slap back amount of time. I made it adjustable. This is the same thing a lot of expensive delay or slap back or one shot delay or echo pedals use. Other mods that can be done to this are that you can change the tone filter network or make it adjustable with a better random EQ system etc… With the rate knob addition, this pedal can be played as a delay synth while you are DJing for a nice echo effect or you can sweep it to get Echoplex type swoops with the pitch though it sounds rather digital compared to tape, its a nice effect. It also works great as a guitar pedal as a set and forget device. I have a mind to re-house the circuit boards into a Wah or Volume pedal type of rocker pedal case and make the delay rate sweep-able by rack and pinion gear set like the Cry Baby. Digital sounding Echoplex on a rocker varying the pitch. Can anybody say “Jimmy Page solo”? One could also just do the same with the feedback knob or the mix knob. I suppose one could make a 2 or 3 rocker pedal that you can dance on!

As for video, to hear what it sounds like stock go search on YouTube for the Danelectro BLT Slap Echo pedal. Then imagine what it would sound like if you took that sound and made the time rate adjustable. The repeat knob goes from no repeats to feedback but is rather clean until you start getting up towards 4/5ths the way before feedback occurs, and then it acts as a pitch adjust knob. Its a good pedal and yes it does look old and stained and beat up. That’s how much I have used this pedal. I don’t have any photos of the stock pedal but all I did was add the big knob in the middle and the mix padding resistor.

Photo Album! –> Danelectro BLT Slap Echo Possibilities Unlocked!

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101 Ways to Make Money as a Musician DIY Musician Blog

101 Ways to Make Money as a Musician By Guest June 3, 2013{ No Comments } This is a guest post from Philip Taylor, editor-in-chief at PT Money, where the focus is on fixing your finances so you can build the life you want. His podcast features interviews with successful part-time entrepreneurs. Here’s Philip…There are a ton of different ways to make money as a musician. I’m not suggesting that everyone can make money with each of these ways. But I can promise that you can make money using at least one of these ways.I present to you 101 ways to make money as a musician.

via 101 Ways to Make Money as a Musician DIY Musician Blog.

“Silver & Light” with Ian Ruhter

Ian Ruhter makes some remarkable tin-type wet plate photography. I found a great interview by Jonah Samson of http://www.coolhunting.com and happened to find his Vimeo page then was off to Ians website.

Here is a photo sample of some of his work which is simply astounding and hauntingly beautiful and he does it all with “Silver & Light”! See below to catch his really cool video on how he makes these natural beauties.

Ian Ruhter Portrait

Ian Ruhter Portrait

As promised here is Ians “Silver & Light” video!

The Evolution of the Police Car – #8 – By the 1950s, automakers had begun offering “police packages,” such as this 1956 Dodge Coronet.

The Evolution of the Police Car - #8 - By the 1950s, automakers had begun offering

The Evolution of the Police Car

The Police Package

After World War II, American automakers began bundling the special options most often ordered by police departments into a special police packages. Ford unveiled its police package in 1950, Chevrolet in 1955 and Dodge in 1956. These cars might have looked like their consumer counterparts, except for the fancy paint jobs and lights, but they were anything but ordinary. The sheet metal hid serious improvements to both performance and protection. Police cars became much tougher and more resilient than their regular street counterparts. In 1956, Chrysler’s first official police package was offered on Dodge Coronets. A year later, Dodge offered a package with the 325 Hemi engine, with a variety of performance enhancements and 310 horsepower.

via The Evolution of the Police Car – MSN Autos#8#8.

THE CHAMP CBA-20807 1000 Watt AMPLIFIER by John Chambers

THE CHAMP CBA-20807 1000 Watt AMPLIFIER

I found this article on Hack-A-Day website. Some of you may recall my 100 watt custom monster amp post but even it in all its awesome glory is super small potatoes to this creation!

Johns work is exquisite and simple in design with thoughtful approaches to a variety of aspect to his amp. We are all anxiously awaiting part 3 of Johns missive into his marvelous amplifier containing schemtaics, results, and notes.

Johns website has a host of other useful information and ideas as well as how to’s and other designs both by him and other third party amp companies. Be sure to follow Johns progress as he seems to be a serious and well aged contender in the tube amp market and certainly better versed and more experienced than I!

The 1000 all tube Beastial Amplifier!

The 1000 all tube Beastial Amplifier!

Novachord 555 Project Begins With Baby Steps!

I found this article quite some time ago.
I wanted to share this again because I have been
considering how to emulate it accurately just using
555 and 556 timer chips along with various support
circuitry needed to recreate this behometh synth
from 1937! I am going to be using opamps and or
transconductance opamps and various transistors
and amplifier chips. All of the tonal generation
circuits and octave dividers and so on will be
from 556 and 555 chips! I have been thinking about
this project for almost 2 years but specifically
when Jeri Ellsworth and Chris Gammel held
The 555 Timer contest. Given the short time
frame of the project and slow shipping from
china I was not able to participate. But now I
have my chips and hopefully soon will find the
time to actually begin construction. I have been
doodling circuits on paper but have not had the
time to test board a few circuits together. It
certainly has been bugging me though and I need
to accomplish this monstrosity of a synth.

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NOVACHORD RESTORATION PROJECT

by Phil Cirocco of CMS

Welcome to the NRP site. This site may drastically revise your perception of electronic music history.

The first commercially available synthesizer was designed by the Hammond Organ Company in 1938 and put into full production from 1938 to 1942. The Novachord is a gargantuan, all tube, 72 note polyphonic synthesizer with oscillators, filters, VCAs, envelope generators and even frequency dividers.

If you are skeptical about the Novachord being a true synthesizer, check out the sound clips near the bottom of the page.

I bought my Hammond Novachord around 10/2004 in Connecticut. After chatting with the few brave souls who tried to repair these beasts, I soon realized that replacement of all the passive components was necessary for reliable and stable operation of any Novachord. However, the sheer number of components and it’s complexity, make properly restoring a Novachord

a Herculean task.

Please don’t let this site lead you to believe that restoring one of these 500 pound monstrosities is anything close to easy. You will need tons of: time, resistors, capacitors, muscle, money, test equipment, patience, family members with patience, etc.

via Novachord Restoration Project.

The Plumber’s Pipe (Making PVC Flutes, Make a Flute)

In continuing on with my acoustic instruments creation thread I found this article about making flutes from commonly available PVC piping. Good luck, be careful and good flauting around!

Plastic plumbing pipe is nearly ideal for simple flutes. There’s no easier material to work with. Sanded clean and smooth, it’s attractive, requiring no finish. It’s waterproof, crack-proof, and nearly unbreakable. It’s fine acoustically, if you use the right dimensions. And once you develop a pattern, the pipe’s regularity allows a perfect flute every time.

via The Plumber’s Pipe (Making PVC Flutes, Make a Flute).

Here is another link to a different website with more great info about making your very own PVC flute!
via Make A PVC Flute

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