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FX Pedalboard build..

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Hi guys

Just to present my ALMOST completed pedalboard i built to accommodate all my effects, nothing too fancy, used easily obtainable/cheap components but still of the highest quality possible

The reason i built it myself this instead of resorting to ready made boards was that after looking at LITERALLY EVERYTHING on offer on the market, i realised they were all either too small, too big, too expensive while not quite right, cetc…
I didn't end up saving money - that was NOT the purpose.. - but i ended up having something perfectly suited to my needs !!
All except air travel without spending a fortune on extra luggage AND bullet proof flight cases - plus who wants to carry those anyway once arrived to your destination ?
On top of that having known someone who worked as a luggage handler, i REALLY don't trust airline companies, etc..:
According to him MOST of it IS done on purpose, sometime for laughs to cut the boredom, sometimes so luggage cracks open & if ''something valuable'' falls off it, well…
You get the idea !?

[url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/13706825@N03/albums/72157662183878740]Here are some photos[/url] with descriptions of what, how & why i used what i did, if at all interested hit me up, i'll be more than happy to help out !!

Have a great sunday !! ;)
plenty of time to rest when i'm dead...
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Very good work Nuno - i admire your combination of music with engineering....art & science!
Paul
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Thanks Paul !! ;)

I'm NOT too technically minded but as a silversmith & designer by trade + the possibility we now have to source most any info on the web & my penchant to ''think outside the box'', there's very little i won't tackle & after it's done it gives me SO MUCH MORE pleasure than anything i could've bought.

Exercising my brain & my hands ? Happy times...
plenty of time to rest when i'm dead...
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Looks like you know what you do! Super :)
Rockin´ in a free world !
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That looks great Nuno, very tight, you put a lot of though and skill into this, very cool.
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nuno1959 wrote:
I'm NOT too technically minded but as a silversmith & designer by trade + the possibility we now have to source most any info on the web & my penchant to ''think outside the box'', there's very little i won't tackle & after it's done it gives me SO MUCH MORE pleasure than anything i could've bought.

Exercising my brain & my hands ? Happy times...


I know the feeling Nuno... I studied electronics/physics back in the day. i did a pedal board a few years ago - nothing as sophisticated as what youve done here (and which you are rightfully proud of) - but it was perfect for gigging. If i come across some photos I'll post them. I got a great kick out of building it and making it look really neat. The trouble was after i joined a new band a few years later playing a different genre of music i had to change the pedals around....adding in a DD20 programmable delay for example as we played a lot of U2 using a click track. I've done some other fun mini-projects...I wired a LED indicator to show the status of my Morley Power Wah. I put a tone by-pass switch on my Musicman guitar to allow you take the tone pot completely out of the circuit for a little extra brightness. (I'd seen EVH guitars with a volume only but thought that while it might be nice to have, it woud be better to keep the option of the tone control so i wired a solution). For my next project I'm thinking of wiring a hardware footswitch to trigger the leslie effect on my Roland VK8M unit.....for some bizarre reason Roland didnt build in a foot switch socket on the unit. That would be a fun thing to do...
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Hey Paul, I always thought that that D-Beam Roland uses would be great to control a Leslie, at least a 2-speed one, but this is not the case, since you are considering adding a foot switch?
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Thats correct Jim - however it requires you to wave your hand over the beam (or alternatively press the momentary "Slow/Fast" button). All the hammond parts I've recorded as a result are right hand only!!. I would prefer to operate via a footswitch. If i had a midi foot pedal the other alterntaive is to send CC80. I dont have such a pedal I'm thinking i'll poke around the curcuit to see if i can improvise a solution. Its a great unit otherwise - but this limitation is pretty bizarre!
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It's crazy & i find no explanation for it no matter how hard i try :
Sometimes those ''brand name'' manufacturers they sure have the facilities, the engineers, unquestionably the expertise BUT… do they manage to f***-up spectacularly or what ?
Sorry, i'm a bit of a cynic but personally i believe it's done on purpose, a bit like a ''built-in obsolescence'' of sorts...:(
plenty of time to rest when i'm dead...
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