ART Power Plant > Quadraverb 2 > 50w stereo chipamp > 2 x 10” Prototype Roland speakers. Sounds sooo nice with my Strat and the hot 43 awg pickups I wound a while back. Does a respectable job at all the Robin Guthrie/Robert Smith sounds I love—and at apartment-appropriate SPLs. I could easily make it louder in the future by upgrading the amp. Now to mount the rails and bolt it all together. And take some lessons.
Some of you guys might remember the tube amp I built last year, it’s the 18 watt Phaez Daisycutter with an effects loop. Amazing, amazing little amp. I stuck it in an unused prototype Roland Jazz Chorus 2x10” cabinet, and it rocked.
But it was so. Fucking. Loud.
I don’t mean that in any disparaging way at all. It can do a lot of usable tones, but it really only sounds sublime when it is dimed. And that’s the problem. I live in a condo now, and I am a much more considerate neighbor in my late 30’s than I was in my early 20’s.
I’ve been having some fun with my Alesis Quadraverb 2 that I picked up last year. Such a fun toy. Basically, the guitar sounds of every alternative band of the late 80’s (at least the ones I cared about) in one box. It’s a stereo effect though, and it really only does its magic when both outputs are used.
So I was kicking around the idea of fitting the cabinet with dual DIY chipamp kits, one for each speaker. Then I found dual chipamp with heavy duty integrated heatsink…aka little 2 channel car amp. It was thrown away because a solder joint on the input power choke had broken loose. Easy fix, cost me about $0.005 in solder and flux. I wired it up to a 12v power supply I found, and then to the speakers. Sounds great, and loud enough.
So now I’m waiting on a set of 2U rack rails from Guitar Center, and I’m going to have a killer little living room amp. I’ll have an extra 1U rack space, too. Thinking about putting a vintage rack preamp in there. Anybody know of a good one of late 80s or early 90s vintage with good clean and dirty tones?
Cleaned up nicely, and sounds great in front of my Jazz Chorus! I opened it up to get any dust and party mung out of it, there’s a sticker across the pots that says *** MAMA CYN *** . Nice work, Cyn. :)
Ok, just when I start to feel that my habit of cruising the e-waste dropoff is indicative of some kind of disorder…. I find an awesome vintage guitar pedal. ProCo Turbo Rat, who throws this stuff away?
And as far as disorders… I did talk myself out of bringing home a ship’s radar.
It’s got a 1.0Ghz processor, 512mb memory, IDE hard drive, VGA video out. Forget home automation, this might be the heart of a MAME desktop arcade that I’ve been thinking about building. I might have most of the parts i need to do it. Provided this little guy works—but everything inside looks good.
Who throws away a fanless embedded pc? It’s so cute. It’s like someone threw away a puppy. Hello, home automation platform.
Technological Mandala, 2012 - Soldered computer parts
This is beautiful! And cleanly soldered!
Beautiful. Now compute resistance and capacitance from one corner to the other and you can graduate.
Trying to organize the back of a tiny one-car garage in to a space suitable to build a couple guitars. Frankly, this sucks ass. Glad we’re only here temporarily. I miss my basement.
I’ve lived at about 24 different addresses, at quick count. Only recently have I learned that the most powerful tool to make an old nasty apartment feel like new construction is a brand-new 15 dollar toilet seat.
The next installment of my CAD and CAM for luthiery videos is posted. I show you how to make a 3D neck back in this one. I made around 1am, I sound like it, sorry. Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj6C1Fex1FE
Back home. I scored this NAD 3120 amplifier a few weeks ago, finally getting to sit down and give it a listen. It’s very, very good—transparent comes to mind. I don’t detect any coloring or harshness at all. The phono stage is at least as good as the VSPS I built last year. Never been so happy with the sound of my own stereo. Considering the only thing I’ve bought new is the speakers, that’s good. Only minor complaint I have is that while these Ascend CBM-170SE speakers render midrange and highs perfectly to my ears, and the midbass is sufficiently present, the low bass isn’t there the way I like it. You have to make some tradeoffs in small speakers though, and I’m happy with accuracy over volume or extension. I’ll build that crossover soon to get my subwoofer in on the action. For most stuff I listen to though, it’s just about dialed right now.
My dad was really into radio controlled airplanes. When I was in middle school, probably ‘86 or so, we went to the hobby shop and he nonchalantly told me to pick 2 rolls of monoKote. I picked pink and black, because 1986. A few months later i got this plane for christmas. He never let me fly it though; he flew it once, and let me have the sticks for maybe a full minute in the air, but I never really got to learn on it. Never took off or landed it. I think he was scared I would crash it. Over the years, it’s been a little battle-damaged living in the rafters for so long.
When I move back here in the fall, repairs will be made, and I’m going to fly the fuck out of this plane.
— Carl Sagan (via ikenbot)