maandag 20 mei 2013

Pink-Eye

Normally I don't build the Evil-Eye on request... I like to keep it as my little project that I build as an eBay-only, but last week  I had a request for a pink version of the Evil-Eye and it was too tempting not to do it.
A while ago I had bought a huge stash of NOS parts and I have played with these components in the Evil Eye. Sometimes they are a bit brighter and sometimes a bit darker, just depending on my mood and whatever cool parts are coming out of the drawers ;)
On this project I have also been working on some "new" things that have been on my mind for a while.
First of all, I gave the circuit board a nice matching color with the outside... I know that a pedal is a box of which you don't see the inside, but for me it's always really important that everything looks nice and tight also where you probably will never take a look at. No wonder whenever I buy something new, the first thing I do is always screwing that something open to check out the inside. Second, I moved the DC input to the top which I will do with more models if I have enough space. Third, I have bought a really nice wire, a bit thicker than normal. Its thickness doesn't change anything as far as the sound is concerned, but for me it just makes things look a bit nicer:)
The guy who ordered the pink Evil Eye loved its looks and really digged the sound. In a nutshell, he is happy and that makes me happy too.

At the moment I'm still playing with the Bee Baa Fuzz circuit. I've stripped it down to just the Fuzz part and tried to make it sound even better. I didn't really like the Tone control in this unit, so I'm trying different ones to improve this circuit. The sound is already so huge and doomy that I'm not even sure if it is safe to use at loud levels;)
I hope I will be able to start building some prototypes of this unit real soon. In the mean time I can start thinking of a name and the looks, who knows maybe pink...

-Mark

 


zaterdag 4 mei 2013

Green Muffin

OK I haven't blogged anything for longer then I wanted. So what have I been doing? First of all I have been on tour with my band in the UK. We played some really cool shows, met really nice people and saw some cool bands. I've also learned that next time I have to bring some finished pedals with me on the road if I want to put up my sales a bit more;)

Then I have been working on some new projects. I had a great review on one of my Evil Eye pedals. The guy was about giving up on fuzz pedals for him but was curious about my version... Turned out that he loved it. So first thing I had to do after coming back home was building another one and putting it on ebay;)

I also got my hands on an original Tall Font Big Muff complete with the original wooden box, battery cover and most of its paint. So for me there was no choice but building another Big Muff clone to compare my version to the original. I added one of my favorite mods to it (well it's not mine but you know what I mean) by adding a mid knob to it. The sound with the mid knob pointing at the N of gain sounds really close to the original. But by boosting the mids you are now able to cut trough the band mix and being heard.

I always loved Big Muff's for their sound (and hated the mid dip) but when I learned about the circuit itself and all the mods you can do with them (I think I have tried them all) I loved it even more. So if you are looking for a certain Muff of any era with any mods that you think are needed for you, let me know.

Talking about Big Muff's there is one frustrating me to clone... The opamp version. I think I have a pretty good clone of it, but I also own an original. The sound of the original is so much richer but I can't figure out why. Every now and then I start working on it again, comparing every part and trying to capture that rich sound... Really, there is some magic in an original opamp Big Muff.

Next planned project is starting to play with the Bee Baa circuit:)

Anyway, I'm on vacation right now and will be for another week;) So if I'm slow in answering emails its because I'm relaxing somewhere without wifi. But I will be checking my inbox every now and then;)

-Mark