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by Flounderguts
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Place to order boxes in the usa for shipping synths
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Place to order boxes in the usa for shipping synths

Fantastabox Mrboxonline thecustomboxes.com customcardboardboxes.com There are so many. Typically one big box is about $50. Ten boxes is also about $50. I buy a roll of corrugate at agent orange, and then I cut it. As long as you don't walk all over it or kneel on it, you can make pretty nice, sturdy...
by Flounderguts
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: which knobs for these pots?
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: which knobs for these pots?

The Taiwan Alpha website is pretty easy to navigate. Those look like RV09ACF, and the 40 tooth shaft has a 6 mm diameter, so any 6mm knob with a grub screw should work. A 6.35 mm (1/4") will also work, but it will be a bit eccentric, if that bothers you. A T18 knob *will not* work, as the splines ar...
by Flounderguts
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What kind of nut is this? (ESQ-1)
Replies: 23
Views: 472

Re: What kind of nut is this? (ESQ-1)

I doubt they are custom, my Dad used to have a bunch of those, but larger, in his workshop I think for something on a tractor. I remember playing with them as a kid. Might want to look here: https://www.pemnet.com/fastening-products/pem-self-clinching-fasteners-new/ but I would just replace the who...
by Flounderguts
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What kind of nut is this? (ESQ-1)
Replies: 23
Views: 472

Re: What kind of nut is this? (ESQ-1)

Yeah, I'd not put one of those in a lathe chuck. Vibratory tumbler, maybe.
by Flounderguts
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 7156
Views: 572706

Re: What new booty did you buy?

put a MI sticker on that i had, what do you think? 9cbe674baff89c586b926f4968f60647c401d724-1.jpg Super nice. My Ambika is still one of my favorite modern polysynths. It is full of character, never bland. I just finished rebuilding mine! It had a dead soundcard since new, but I was happy with 5 voi...
by Flounderguts
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Soma - LYRA-8 DIY Kit
Replies: 573
Views: 57995

Re: Soma - LYRA-8 DIY Kit

Nice job! And that Mercury7 looks like a great partner for the Lyra!
by Flounderguts
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against
Replies: 38
Views: 688

Re: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against

In terms of durability, the bare shaft trimmers we're talking about have the same 15,000 cycle lifespan as the Alpha 9mm pots that AFAIK all the most popular Euro makers (other than Synth Tech) use. Only the Song Huei ones have a 15000 cycle rating. Bourns, Alpha Taiwan, and Alps all list 5000 cycl...
by Flounderguts
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against
Replies: 38
Views: 688

Re: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against

I also like conical knobs...twist the top for fast, grab the bottom for resolution.

https://vetco.net/products/conical-rubb ... wEQAvD_BwE

They ARE a bit phallic, though.
by Flounderguts
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against
Replies: 38
Views: 688

Re: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against

Yeah...that's part of what I'm getting at. It would be nice to find a bare shaft pot with some durability. I'm thinking bare shaft, 25 mm, painted pointer, accepts a knob, 15000+ cycles, vertical pcb mount, M7x0.7 5mm bushing. Maybe 3 values? B10K, B100K, and A100K? If I had these for my Lyra DIY ex...
by Flounderguts
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against
Replies: 38
Views: 688

Re: Small attenuator knobs? The case for and against

What I am reading here is: 1. People who like control like bigger knobs. 2. People who like lots of modules like tiny knobs, as long as they are grippy. 3. People associate bare shafts with "cheap" quality 4. Bare shaft trimmer/pots have low durability, and are used on functions that might not get w...
by Flounderguts
Sun May 31, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: DIY Mutable Unsuccessful Builds
Replies: 3229
Views: 178055

Re: DIY Mutable Unsuccessful Builds

B1 will be more controllable, but in practice they will probably be almost indistinguishable from one another on a module. Get whichever one is cheaper.
by Flounderguts
Fri May 29, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What kind of nut is this? (ESQ-1)
Replies: 23
Views: 472

Re: What kind of nut is this? (ESQ-1)

That's called a "shoulder nut." I can almost guarantee Fastenal won't have a part for that. Looks like a custom jobbie to me. Besides, you'd have to buy a bag as MOQ You might find a PEMnut or other deep clench nut that will work. I'd hit them with Evapo-rust anf a wire wheel, and then coat them. th...
by Flounderguts
Tue May 26, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Postage times for DIY with international delays
Replies: 16
Views: 402

Re: Postage times for DIY with international delays

USPS has had a contract with several domestic airlines that has been skewered by the current state of flights. Rather than wait on the tarmac for a standby, so to speak, they have been using trucks. However, trucking is at a premium right now, and USPS isn't in a position to beef up its fleet. When ...
by Flounderguts
Sat May 23, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Soma - LYRA-8 DIY Kit
Replies: 573
Views: 57995

Re: Soma - LYRA-8 DIY Kit

Sounds like that's it. Low impedance headphones require more current, and tend to be prone to noise artifacts with equipment like the Lyra. Your "ancient " Koss cans are probably up over 100 ohms. I'm sure a hi/lo mod would be easy, with a 1 or 2 watt resistor on a switch, so that headphones geared ...
by Flounderguts
Tue May 19, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Alright....who did this?
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: Alright....who did this?

Voltage Controlled Weenie Amplifier
by Flounderguts
Sun May 17, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Has to be Easy(ier) Way- CAD symbol graphics
Replies: 11
Views: 218

Re: Has to be Easy(ier) Way- CAD symbol graphics

some of the flowchart/organizational software suites in the googleverse have pretty complete electronic symbol libraries. They play nice with google docs and export well to pdf if you need to edit them.
by Flounderguts
Sat May 16, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Stackable inter-board connector recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 218

Re: Stackable inter-board connector recommendations

KSS wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 8:39 pm

we think all products that look the same, are the same.

They're not.
This.

Thank you!
by Flounderguts
Fri May 15, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Stackable inter-board connector recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 218

Re: Stackable inter-board connector recommendations

TE Connectivity probably has the best selection of connectors as tall as that.

I use the Mezza-pede from Advanced Interconnects, but it's only 4mm tall. 1 amp per pin, though!
by Flounderguts
Thu May 14, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: ELTA Solar 50 - BIG ambient machine
Replies: 26
Views: 2490

Re: ELTA Solar 50 - BIG ambient machine

If those were trackballs, and not "photosensitive modulation sensors" you couldn't prevent me from ordering. As it is, it's a bit less attractive than a new roof for my workshop... You can make them control pitch.. My main instrument is theremin, but I've never really liked light-sensitive controll...
by Flounderguts
Wed May 13, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: The problem with CoolorCaps
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: The problem with CoolorCaps

I spent the afternoon shaping and making a coring tool in the shape of a d-shaft. I had some brass tubing with a 6 mm outside diameter, so I filed it on one side to remove the part on the flatted side. Then I used a tiny file to sharpen the inside before heating and quenching the tube. I glued it in...
by Flounderguts
Wed May 13, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: The problem with CoolorCaps
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: The problem with CoolorCaps

They DO NOT come out easily with a screwdriver. I can split the tab inside, but I haven't found a way to detach it from the sides of the inside of the knob.

Veeery frustrating.
by Flounderguts
Tue May 12, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Soma - LYRA-8 DIY Kit
Replies: 573
Views: 57995

Re: Soma - LYRA-8 DIY Kit


Curious if gate inputs could easily be substituted for the toggles on the 1U for integration with modular. :hmm:
Certainly lots of room back there. It's a good idea.
by Flounderguts
Tue May 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: DIY Mutable Unsuccessful Builds
Replies: 3229
Views: 178055

Re: DIY Mutable Unsuccessful Builds

@Flounderguts I was looking at building a Zif Skiff, but then saw the photo of the Synthrotek one in another post of yours. I've got the necessary pieces on order from Mouser and Synthrotek. Do you recall if you used the same AVRDude commands as Skookum suggested when doing this? I am comfortable a...
by Flounderguts
Tue May 12, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: The problem with CoolorCaps
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: The problem with CoolorCaps

From Coolor Caps Dan, The ones you that have the tab are new style. You can remove the tab with a small tip screw driver but it’s time consuming. Unfortunately all the the caps have the tab in them now due to smaller posts to prevent them from bottoming out on the face plate. Best. CCTeam I'll try w...
by Flounderguts
Tue May 12, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: The problem with CoolorCaps
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: The problem with CoolorCaps

Yeah...I'm ok with knobs not fitting. What I'm not ok with is knobs from the same manufacturer with the same part number being completely different.

I don't really want to trim the pot shafts, but it looks like that is what is going to happen. MF.

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