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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.

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Paul Stanley of KISS On Hearing Loss

A medical condition impacting his ability to hear did not stop legendary entertainer Paul Stanley of KISS from pursuing his dreams. Stanley made it big and he says you can, too.

In the video at the link Stanley goes on to mention visiting http://soundrules.org for instructions and tips on how to save your hearing. As a lifelong musician that suffers from partial hearing losses I cant help but to wholeheartedly agree!

via Paul Stanley of KISS.

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LM386 Altoids tin amp – Hack a Day

Hacker friend and cohort Dino Segovis is back again with the fifth installment in his “Hack a Week” series. This time around he has put together a 1/2 watt audio amplifier that would make for a great weekend project. He’s a big fan of the LM386 amplifier chip because it does so much in such a small package. Since it is so versatile, he used it as the centerpiece of his Altoids tin amplifier.

via LM386 Altoids tin amp – Hack a Day.

The 2 Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Ask

Many entrepreneurs fall into the same cycle. Maybe you have as well. Are you in the cycle of working your fingers to the bone, just to keep your head above water? No exercise? No healthy food? And — let me guess — no time for your family? If that describes you, then you are indeed in the trap, my friend.

via Homepreneurs

The 2 Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Ask.

[Phillip Torrone] pleads for companies to open source discontinued projects – Hack a Day

Phillip Torrone has a great idea here and I fully support it. He makes his case for manufacturers to open source their discontinued, cancelled, or never been produced products. Millions of man-hours and technological research are going to waste when they could be contributing to increasing our societies skill levels and maybe even inspiring new technological advances.

[Phillip Torrone] pleads for companies to open source discontinued projects – Hack a Day.

1914 “ELECTRICITY FOR BOYS” By J. S. ZERBE, M.E.

I recently decided to try to find some of the old technology books I fondly remember reading as young boy. I recall reading this book in wonder and curiosity. I also recall at the age of 8 years old not really having a full grasp of the materials covered in this book. It served to introduce me to terms and some concepts that seemed fantastical to me but the auther seemed confident in what he wrote and so I struggled to wrap my young mind around the concepts and information presented. I never had any formal training in electronics outside of an Ohms Law class I took somewhere along the way and I suppose you might also consider some of the physics classes I took in college.  I was excited to find this book and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning electronics. The information is presented in easy to understand concepts and projects involving magnets and other simple items that are commonly available. I will say I noticed a few things that are no longer available but most are. You may right click this file HERE and choose “Save As” option to save it on your computer. It is covered under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org

THE “HOW-TO-DO-IT” BOOKS “ELECTRICITY FOR BOYS”
Copyright, 1914, by THE NEW YORK BOOK COMPANY

What it’s worth: Tube testers – Electronic Products

Here is a great article a friend turned me on to about the worth of ancient electric items…
This appears to be part of a series.
It covers Tube Testers in depth.
Catch the link here:
What it’s worth: Tube testers – Electronic Products.

555 Contest Winners Announced!

Last night @ChrisGammell and @JeriEllsworth announced the 555 contest winners… Somehow I missed the live announcements but HERE is the link to the contests homepage where the recorded video announcement and the prize winners list may be found.

My congrats to all the winners but especially to everyone involved. There were lots of great entries. The judges were:

The top prize “The Mims/Camenzind Prize” is a painting of a 555 chip donated by artist GnomeNCandle and it went to:

Tom Jenner for his – 555 Servo Controller

I personally did not have an entry due to month-long chinese parts shipment schedules combined with having to move 30 miles and a broken wrist. I was planning on entering a replica of the 1937 Hammond Novachord made completely and accurately out of 555 timer chips. I still am going to build this but at a much more leasurely pace than the month-long time limit of the contest. I will not profess that it will have near the depth and beauty of sounds and tones as the original but it should approximate it fairly closely with all of the same features. You may find details of this glorious instrument and its tale of reconstruction here!

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