It just occurred to me that this month marks the 16th birthday of this web site! It is the oldest continuously available guitar fx site on the net. Some of you may remember the old days when it was hosted on the AOL homepages. When I first launched the site back in 1995, the only other effects site online was called the Leper’s Abode, and it has long since disappeared leaving this place as the geezer of fx web projects.
MY thanks and appreciation goes out to all of you who visit this site and build my projects and/or share my enthusiasm for DIY. I get great feedback and comments from people around the world and it is an enriching experience. It is your participation that makes this web site active and growing. Thanks again!
Check out some of my pictures from the Summer NAMM show at Harmony Central.
Who put the Fairchild 670 in the dishwasher!!!
*Don’t try this with your stompboxes…
I saw this post in Craig Anderton’s tweets:
Create a “WTF box” for unknown hardware – that screw you found on the floor, etc. You never know when you’ll find where it came from.
I’ve got to do this… I have had a WTF plastic lid on my workbench for a long time, onto which I tossed all manner of screws and loose components, but it overflowed about a decade ago. I save wet-wipe boxes so I think I will get one of those and put all those loose items in it to tidy up my workbench.
This is version 2 of the pcb and it has 9v, -9v, 18v and 9v sag-battery-sim voltage outputs.
I was at the post office on Thursday and discovered that the US Post Office had raised rates. First class stamps have not gone up but the rates for small envelopes (like I use to send pc boards) had increased by 50 cents. There is now no rate for 1 or 2 oz. packages as in the past, and all items up to 3 oz. get the same fee.
Also, in the last couple of months, the manufacturer has raised prices on pc boards by about 10 percent.
I suppose that increased fuel charges caused by higher oil prices is at least part of the reason for these increases.
In the April issue of Elektor, there is a guitar distortion article derived from the Ibanez Tube Screamer. The input and output buffers are removed to simplify the design, which is the general idea I used for the AMZ Son of Screamer. They also made a few other changes to the Ibanez circuit.
However, there is a mistake on the schematic in Elektor.
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Jack Orman has been involved in FX design and construction since the mid-1970s.