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08/03/2021 8:14 pm  

Cheers guys @Russ @Boo

I love having a little workshop, with lots of odd bits & pieces, where I can just disappear for an hour or so and make things!

Very relaxing and satisfying.

 

I should probably check whether it works though ...

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08/03/2021 8:17 pm  

I should probably check whether it works though ...

@tv101 Yeah plug it in and turn it up. 🤘😝🤘🎸

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09/03/2021 9:38 am  

If you're American, why do you type with a German accent??

@tv101

It’s not me, it’s these damn German keyboards! Or keypads since I’m on my phone...

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09/03/2021 10:16 am  

 

1k is denoted by brown-black-red-brown.

10k is denoted by brown-black-orange-brown.

 

Usually the last last ring on a resistor (usually slightly distance separated) is a tolerance band (although some may also be coded with a temperature co-efficient ring) and, bizarrely, brown (1%) is a higher tolerance than gold (5%), I'm guessing because high tolerance resistors were introduced after the gold and silver tolerance band values were already established. The final value ring ie the red on the 1k and the orange on the 10k denotes the number of 0's at the end of the value. Resistors are always colour coded in their ohms value. Larger, high power, resistors may actually have the value printed as text such as 4k7 or similar.

This colour code diagram is useful to keep pinned up somewhere if you are doing self-build electronics. Of course, the best way is to stick a multimeter on the component to double check. You do, thankfully rarely, get resistors marked with completely the wrong value (bored resistor factory worker's idea of a joke! ha bloody ha!! - actually more likely a manufacturing fault) and this can be more than enough to totally stuff up the function of whatever it is you are building. If you can get a multimeter with capacitance function then this is also really handy. It's a lot easier to check components before you solder them onto a board than it is to isolate a problem afterwards.

The ohms law wheel is another one that has been sellotaped to my notice board for as long as I can remember and is great, for example, for working out current draw on heater pads and so on ie 240w heater pad @ 24V = 10A, 360w heater pad @ 240V = 1.5A. Mostly important if using sub-mains voltage heater matts with a transformer, usually rated in VA (supply volts x output current). So a 240V transformer rated at 2000VA can supply a total of 8.3A at its output current(s).

Cheers

Darren

 

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09/03/2021 10:52 am  

This colour code diagram is useful to keep pinned up somewhere if you are doing self-build electronics

Thanks @darrenking - the main challenge I have is deciphering the actual colours that are supposedly denoted by the coloured bands on the resistor.

Is that brown, or red?  Gold, or orange?  Sometimes even black or brown? !!

I end up using a magnifying glass, and checking under different lights to try to work them out.

But, yes, just using a multimeter would be a whole lot easier!!!

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09/03/2021 11:01 am  

@darrenking and @tv101 You two are talking black magic here, I have no clue. Keep it up chaps. 👍

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09/03/2021 11:15 am  

the main challenge I have is deciphering the actual colours

Yes, borderline colour blindness adds a completely new level of excitement to electronics projects and crap quality red ink doesn't help, hence the multimeter recommendation!

They are so cheap these days. This isn't a product recommendation, just something I found in two minutes on Amazon, but for less than £15 this would do everything a guitar builder could ever need, and more!

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09/03/2021 2:26 pm  

Oh man, resistors! Talk about fun. I have a Fieldpiece multimeter that I got from Stewmac years ago. It’s so basic and simple that I know how to use every setting. Yeah cuz it has about four of them, hah! Those regular NASA looking ones are for the guys who have their glasses taped back together, wear pocket protectors and smell like WD-40! 😆

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09/03/2021 2:36 pm  

smell like WD-40

WD-40 - The smell of a real man!!


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09/03/2021 3:19 pm  

smell like WD-40

WD-40 - The smell of a real man!!

That's the one that you "splash it on all over", right ????

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09/03/2021 3:26 pm  

I should probably check whether it works though ...

Well, it didn't work.

😣 😡 😥 😪 

 

So, time to rip it to pieces, and start again.

 

Except ... I'll just poke around a bit, wiggle a few things (connected to the amp) and see if anything changes.

It was - naturally enough - just about the last bit that I'd soldered into the circuit, being the power connections to the output jack.  Thinking I'd be clever, I just proved how dumb I really am.  Anyway, sorted that out, plugged in, and we're good to go.

😊 😊 😊 😊 

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And I know that's not really a "speaker cab", but it's the first stage of a speaker cab, and it helps keep the speaker in place while I test stuff!

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09/03/2021 3:32 pm  

Next job is to make a pretty little box for the amp.

For the last one, I had some off cuts of thin mahogany lying around which was *almost* wide enough - hence the centre strip!

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Don't have anything quite so fancy for this one, so I'm going to re-purpose the high quality packing materials that @darrenking uses when sending out fretting jigs ...

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Those strips of ply are currently clamped to my bench to flatten them, then I'll make a simple box, for a simple amp.  Simples!

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09/03/2021 4:02 pm  

@tv101

Simply awesome!

How does it sound so far?

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09/03/2021 4:10 pm  

How does it sound so far?

It's a real lo-fi, low-wattage, basic amp!  The controls are Grit, Gain, Tone and Volume.  Tone doesn't do a lot, it's mainly about how dirty you want the sound to be!

Ridiculously, a 9v battery and that simple circuit will drive a 4x12 stack if you've got one (I don't).  To be fair, it doesn't sound half bad through the 1x12 Marshall cab that I do have.  

Really, I only made it for the fun of making it.  I'll have some more fun making a pretty box to fit it into.

🙂

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09/03/2021 4:13 pm  

I also put this circuit together this afternoon

https://shop.pedalparts.co.uk/Cone_Cranker/p847124_18609185.aspx

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That does "what it says on the tin" too - I've just plugged it in front of my little 5w valvey amp.

I'm half tempted to fit it into a guitar for some on-board electronickery. 

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