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Using a valve headphone pre-amp

Started this discussion. Last reply by ILL GREEN Apr 6, 2019. 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 James Pobog's discussion The more I use piezos...
"Piezos don't come in many flavors or quality. Disk or linear, big or small, and that's about it. As for the radioactive pod, I'd rather leave it alone as it can be quite dangerous even if the radiation level is quite low."
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"That's gotta be one of the cutest headstocks out there!"
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François replied to James Pobog's discussion The more I use piezos...
"I've done that a while ago and it works just fine. You just have to remember to unplug the lead that goes to the amp when you're done as it also works as a switch. Took me a while to figure out why a battery didn't last long in mine."
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François replied to James Pobog's discussion The more I use piezos...
"In its basic form, you choose a transformer that doesn't contain a switching power supply (they're usually the very compact ones with strange shaped). I find that the 9-16 volt versions that look like a small brick are what you're…"
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"Thank you for sharing. Like the concept and enjoyed your video."
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François replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Piezo pup handling noise
"Piezos work on a totally different principle than magnetic pickups. The metal disk is coated with a special ceramic material. When a mechanical stress is applied to the disk, the two different materials generate a small electrical current. Check out…"
Feb 10
François replied to James Pobog's discussion The more I use piezos...
"Have you thought of making magnetic pickups using old wall-wart transformers? They're easy to hack together and sound pretty good. Maybe that's the sound you're looking for?"
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"Very interesting. Nice to see new ideas. I like the sound of the ’ll try one though. I like simple stuff."
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"Nice box!   Smart kid.   Expert wood worker.  "
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Used to be a member and am coming back
How many instruments have you built so far?
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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