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Using a valve headphone pre-amp

Started this discussion. Last reply by ILL GREEN Apr 6. 1 Reply

Hi!I'm wondering if any of you has used tube/valve headphone pre-amp like the ones that are on eBay as a guitar pre-amp?Continue

 

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François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Like Paul said. the more material and the more surface area there is for the glue to grab on to the more solid the joint."
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François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"And if you want to go a bit crazy with joinery, a box joint should be the best to hold the tension. It has so much surface for the glue to grab on to that when well done it's nearly indestructible."
Nov 11
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I've never tried but unless you pull on it or bend it in crazy ways while heating it, I think it should. The stuff is pretty resistant and Mylar is used in space. So unless we're dealing with something else, it should be pretty tough…"
Nov 11
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"That's definitely the best way to go. I too tried gluing the stuff down before and it's really hard to do. A bit like gluing Mylar to anything else."
Nov 11
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"That's why I don't trust them. And if the batteries can only be registered with one phone and you loose or break that phone, that means you have perfectly good and unusable batteries gathering dust on the shelf. I recently heard an…"
Nov 3
François replied to Steve's discussion Newbie lessons learned
"I must admit that finding cigar boxes is getting to be difficult here in Canada too. But we have plenty of wooden wine boxes at pretty much every charity sale for 1$ or less. It might not make them officially "cigar box guitars" but I…"
Nov 2
François replied to James Pobog's discussion Soldering...
"And don't apply the flux to the hot iron like Tim Sway does. I just use a piece of wood to put the flux on surfaces. And for wires, I just poke them in the paste before tinning them."
Nov 2
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Definitely. I didn't believe it made as much of a difference until I got some Freud router bits. They make using my old set of Mastercraft irons feel like using a hammer and chisel to carve some rocks back in the roman empire."
Nov 2
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"And I believe B&D keeps going downhill in a sense simply because they innovate with pointless technology. I'm particularly thinking of their Bluetooth enabled batteries that lock the tool when you aren't close to them with your…"
Nov 2
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"Dad did rip some stock on the radial arm. You just rotate the head and lock it in place using the right width. But you're limited to the length of the arm so you can't cut a sheet of plywood in half."
Nov 2
François replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion What does your workshop look like?
"Good to know I'm not alone  in that situation :-)"
Nov 1
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I don't blame you for being scared of those saws. My dad has one and every time he uses it I step out of the shop when I see how he works with that thing. I've seen him cut out tiny pieces with his thumb about an inch from the blade and I…"
Nov 1
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"My dad works for Lowes and he often told me that the new Craftsman and the old Craftsman are not the same except for the name. The new one doesn't honor the old warranty. They give you the name of the website that deals with the claims. The new…"
Oct 31
François replied to Paul Craig's discussion What's on your workbench?
"I remember seeing somewhere a guy who had a dishwasher with an electronic control that went kaput. Since those boards are so expensive, he figured out the timing and replaced it with a cheap Arduino micro-controller and a relay shield for it. Took…"
Oct 31
François replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion What does your workshop look like?
"These days mine look like the aftermath of a tornado... But after the crazy summer I've had and all the major repairs that had to be done on the house, it's not surprising. Boxes everywhere. Junk and parts everywhere. Not enough storage. I…"
Oct 31
François replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion VIDEO: Songs Inside the Box, the Cigar Box Guitar Documentary
"This definitely put a smile on my face :-) After working like a madman all summer long, it's nice to chill out on a rainy sunday and watch this. Thanks!"
Oct 27

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Used to be a member and am coming back
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3, two of them really bad
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I actually like the building of stuff that can have a life of their own afterwards.

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Turning song writing miseries to fun.

Posted on March 9, 2019 at 6:13pm 0 Comments

Ahh... song writing. Sometimes, it flows and sometime it doesn't. And when the white page we all hate gets to be infuriating, what can we do?

Well, I was tired of being a shoddy songwriter and decided to do something about it! So I fired-up my favorite drawing and illustration program and got to work. And after many evenings trying to figure out how to make a system that actually works (and listening to many songs noting the words that struck me as useful), I was able to finish the…

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At 6:20pm on February 18, 2019, Richard W. Smith said…

Hi Francois  They were a real time consuming job that's for sure. Rich

 
 
 

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