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Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Sep 14th, 2018 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

With a madbean total recall- it's an EHX deluxe memory man clone. This will be my first pedal build and it's one of the more complicated ones but I'm confident I can handle it.

The biggest pain is that it isn't a kit- madbean provides you with the PCB, wiring diagram, schematic and some calibration notes, and it's up to you to source all the components. I spent most of the morning going over the parts list and filling up smallbear and mouser shopping carts with about 60-70 odd components, double and triple checking to make sure I didn't accidently select the wrong values.

I think it'll be fun and I can get an effect that I've always wanted but either couldn't afford or passed up for other things when I could. Total cost for all the components is under $120

Therealfrogman
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Pueblo, Co

Yes, I am sick.
Sep 14th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

It does sound like fun and once complete you can gloat in the success. I have desired doing mods myself but have yet to actually do any.

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VA

Sep 14th, 2018 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve thought about this, as well. Mostly so I could paint the enclosures. Lol

I have a problem with paint.

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Sep 14th, 2018 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can't figure out what I'd do with the enclosure, I'm not very creative with graphic art and would probably just use an embossing label maker to label the knob functions, lol.

If I could rip off the original EHX DMM graphics and have them silk screened I'd do it, but I have no idea where to start in pulling that off.

(This message was last edited by Mike the marksman at 04:22 PM, Sep 14th, 2018)

Leftee
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VA

Sep 14th, 2018 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not creative or talented either.

It doesn't even slow me down.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Sep 14th, 2018 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

As far as enclosures, I've done a few and I'm definitely not an expert painter.

The ones in the photo were done purely as cosmetic (no internal mods) and just for "something to do".

It was my first experiment with a burst. I did them with rattle can lacquer and waterslide decals. They turned out okay, so don't be too worried about doing yours. If I can do it, anyone can ;^)

I've only done a couple of minor internal pedal mods. The one I did most extensively was a Joyo Ultimate Drive which is supposed to an OCD clone.
It still worked when I was done, so I considered that a win! (it def sounded better too)

Enclosure mods

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 08:50 PM, Sep 14th, 2018)

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Sep 14th, 2018 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've built about a half a dozen of the MOD kits DIY pedals so far, and I find it very enjoyable.




reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Sep 14th, 2018 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I still had good nearfield vision (depth at close range for things of that nature is bad on a good day with one shot retina), I'd be all over the DIY stuff.

These days I just have people do it for me!

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Sep 18th, 2018 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds like a great project. Let us know how it does for you.

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Sep 19th, 2018 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Will do. I'm trying to send a pedal I bought recently back to sweetwater for a refund, which will fund this project, I haven't been able to stay on hold long enough on breaks from work to get ahold of the sales rep:)

reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Sep 19th, 2018 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Talk to any rep, doesn't have to be yours.

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Dec 7th, 2018 06:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Update; I have my last order of components on their way! My first order was from mouser, which included most of the passive components- resistors, capacitors, trimpots, as well as the voltage regulator, op-amps, diodes, and Hammond 1590BBS enclosure.

My smallbear order ships today and contains two XVive MN3005 bucket brigade chips ($22 apiece!), jacks, switches, LED, pots, knobs, power supply and other assorted parts. I should start building in a week or so, I still need to find something to use as a PCB vise/3rd hand and a component lead forming tool, but I can get those at the local electronics supply house.

Pinetree
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Chain-driven wallet,

above ground pool.
Dec 7th, 2018 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

A PanaVise 350 is about as good as it gets, but I use a plastic clamp that's been epoxied to a chunk of 304 stainless with some felt on the bottom.


This little guy

Pinetree
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Chain-driven wallet,

above ground pool.
Dec 7th, 2018 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

TubeDepot.com sells nifty lead benders.

I have 2 sizes.


External link

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Dec 7th, 2018 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use PanaVises at work and will probably buy my own eventually, for now I'll probably rig something up.

reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Dec 8th, 2018 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can also give you the schematics of my personal sonic destroyer that an EE evil genius worked up for me if you really want to go to town!


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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Dec 9th, 2018 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried three times to modify/build my own pedal with disastrous results and left every pedal useless. The funny thing is, I've been soldering my whole life, but I just don't have the gift of finesse.

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