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  • #20419
    Barry
    Keymaster

    There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes lately.

    So here is what to look forward to in the very near future.

    1. Updated Off-board wiring and Pads.

     

    2. Some boards are being redesigned to feature on-board pots that were not originally.

     

    3. Check out the new pads for 3PDT Wiring Boards, Buffer Boards, Buff N Blend and After-blaster.

        (note the gentle curves)

     

    4. Additionally all upgraded boards will use the 1N5817 diode for protection.

     

    If you have any thoughts or questions feel free to ask.

    #20432
    Big O
    Participant

    The changes look great!  It will be great to be able to use board mounted pots with the new larger off board pads.  This saves lots of time wiring up pots.

    #20506
    Barry
    Keymaster

    Thanks Big-O.

    #20516
    Bruce R
    Moderator

    Other goals of the redesigns include:

    Maximizing the width of the enclosure that we expect each build will be placed in. If it is going in a 125B, the new boards are more likely to be at least 2 in wide, sometimes up to 2 3/8 in. wide. By using the additional width, the hope is to keep the boards shorter and allow the use of side jacks or top jacks on most projects.

    To provide as consistent as possible spacing of potentiometer holes from one project to another. Not only will this make it easier one builders, but also on kit providers like myself.

    Longer runs of similar components or similar component shapes. For example, boards will have a long row(s) of resistors/diodes. Capacitors with outside pins .2 in (~5mm) apart are likely to be placed in a row with transistors which have the outer pins .2 in apart. This is to give this projects a cleaner appearance.

    Many circuit boards also will have the shorter components near the top of the layout, making it easier to use narrow top jacks in the eclosures that might overlap the top of the board (in deeper enclosures like a 125B).

    In some cases, additional markings are being made on the PCB to help the Builder understand things like which side of the circuit board a component is mounted to. Some early projects show the screen print around PCB-mounted jacks on the top of the board, when those actually mount to the bottom of the PCB. Some of the 3pdt switch boards now state things like,  “Mount switch on this side”. Yes, we’ve seen some very frustrated new builders over the years. Hopefully some of these new markings will avoid a few of those past issues.

    Like Barry, I certainly hope that everybody enjoys these new enhancements to our circuit boards!

    #20519
    Jon
    Participant

    But what will I do with all my extra time if I’m not hand wiring pots?  Looks Great Barry, can’t wait to get some of the new boards, although I have about 20 or so floating around in my stash and ordered more yesterday.

     

    #20579
    Barry
    Keymaster

    Here are the first two out of the gate:

    The SWAH

     

    EA Tremolo

     

    #20586
    fig
    Participant

    Those look fantastic Barry!

    #20588
    wilkie1
    Moderator

    Indeed!  Wonderful improvements!  Kudos to Bruce too!

    #20594
    fig
    Participant

    Absolutely, wonderful work Bruce!

    #20606
    mybud
    Participant

    Funkadelic! Boards look really good. Congrats Barry and Bruce.

    #20665
    Aviator
    Participant

    Barry,

    Just looked at your new instructions and noticed that you have the battery black going to the sleeve instead of the ring in the illustration. Other than that, it looks very good.

    Jay

    #20669
    Gus
    Participant

    Thanks for these updates !
    As an IT engineer, I know the tiniest, less visible changes are often the greatest ones 😉
    This also is a mark of great involvement in your products. Keep it this way !

    #20677
    Barry
    Keymaster

    @ Aviator Thanks for the update that is obviously very good to know and why I am putting this stuff out there.

    That will be a quick and easy update. I award you with a new Avatar, Aviator.

     

    So what do you guys think of the Populated Board image for troubleshooting purposes?

    #20678
    wilkie1
    Moderator

    That is just ANOTHER great idea that will facilitate construction and minimize troubleshooting.  Actually, I have noticed a big REDUCTION in troubleshooting requests over the last few years.  That just means that Barry’s Build Documents are getting better all the time.  Bravo!

    #20684
    Barry
    Keymaster

    Thanks Wilkie and Gus!

    Here are the current four complete build documents for our 2021 Boards

    Big Muff Pi Opamp

    EA Tremolo v4 2021

    SWAH v5 2021

    Tube Screaming Ultra v4 2021

    Please check them out. I hope the resolution is good also while still maintaining a relatively small file size.

    #20700
    Jon
    Participant

    Hi Barry, I noticed on the Tube Screaming Ultra buld doc it says that the stock build is the Landgraff.  To make an 808, it notes which parts need to change, but they are the same values as the Landgraff (I think).  Cheers!!

    #20734
    Barry
    Keymaster

    Updated now to include The Vibe, SHO’ Nuff, Tight Box plus any corrections.

    Note that all Docs are also on the Guides Page and Shop links.

    @ Jon you are correct. I updated the Doc. Thank you for that!

     

    Big Muff Pi Opamp v4 2021

    EA Tremolo v4 2021

    SHO’ Nuff v3r2 2021

    SWAH v5 2021

    The Vibe v4 2021

    Tight Box v2 2021

    Tube Screaming Ultra v4 2021

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