Feb 21

Four Banger mk3!

 

FourBangermk3

Greetings everyone! I’m happy to say that I have finished the first of the Four Banger mk3s, and it tests perfect. Many people have been asking for a Four Banger lately, and I am very excited to finally have something fresh to offer everyone!

This new version features some key improvements over the mk2 – most important to me is the return to using a vintage germanium transistor for the “R” Rangemaster boost. I feel that I have finally found one that is of sufficient quality and consistency that I can get easily in large enough quantities for it to be worth using in a regular production pedal. I’ve also found an excellent current production JFET for use in the “J” boost. My previous favorite JFET, the 2SK117, is long out of production and unfortunately, finding a reliable source for good audio JFETs is almost impossible as the market is completely flooded with fakes. Fortunately, Toshiba is still manufacturing an excellent audio JFET in the form of the 2SK880. This transistor is only available in an SMD package, but this is only a small inconvenience. I’m so impressed with the quality of the ‘880, that it is probably my new favorite and you will certainly see them appearing in other designs of mine. I have also recently fallen in love with the OP275 opamp manufactured by Audio Devices, so this has become the one of choice to use in the “O” opamp boost. I’ve also given up using SMD resistors as I had used in the mk2. I figured that by going back to using thru-hole resistors, I had more choices for quality and it might make things easier on other people if someone were to need to repair it, or perhaps tinker with modifying it.

First one is ready to ship right now, and more will be available very soon… probably in a day or two. You can purchase them from the NEW SoulSonicFX online shop, right here: FOUR BANGER MK3

Feb 01

Folk Driver & Shizzle Deluxe Boards Incoming!

I’ve just placed an order for circuit boards for the Folk Driver and Shizzle Deluxe. Expect some of these to be available in the online shop very soon! This will be my first time using boards manufactured by someone else for these – previously, I have been etching most of the boards myself. But, using factory-etched boards for the Illuminated OD and Four Banger has spoiled me, and I’m going to be switching over to using factory-etched boards for everything except custom one-offs. It just makes my life alot easier and gets things built much faster. It will also help to make a more consistent final product. Etching and drilling circuit boards at home is a laborious and time consuming process and it is part of why my wait time has been so long in the past. All the components on the boards will still be hand-assembled by me.

Since one of the boards I have ordered is for the Folk Driver, I will finally start offering that as a kit. I had promised to do this long ago, but never got around to getting a quantity of boards sufficient enough to do it. I will sell them both as full kits, and as individual boards. I would like to offer some other kits in the future as well, or at least a selection of DIY circuit boards.

-MC

Jan 31

Open Again, Taking Orders at New Store!

Hello Everyone,

I have gotten back into production and am now taking orders again. And to make purchasing easier, I now have an online store up and running. I will add more products to it as I get stock assembled. Right now, I have an Illuminated OD in stock and ready to ship, and more should be ready in the next few days.

You can visit the store here: SoulSonicFX Online Store

Also, I am happy to announce the imminent release of the brand new Four Banger mk3! I have given the circuit some more tweaking and I am very pleased with how it has evolved. I have finally found a good supply of consistent high quality germanium transistors that now makes it possible for me to use a vintage germanium for the Rangemaster section of the boost. I was happy with how the prototype sounded, and I think anyone who is looking for the classic germanium Rangemaster tone will be impressed. The new circuit boards are currently en route to me, and I will be begin building a run of the mk3 as soon as they arrive.

Dec 08 2014

Closed Until January 2015

Greetings Everyone,

I have successfully relocated to Ithaca, NY. I was thinking I would be able to get back into building pedals right away, but I’m going to be getting married soon and I’m in the middle of working out a transfer to a new university. So, there is just too much happening in my life right now to be able to build. I will now say that shop is officially “closed” until at least the beginning of 2015.

But I have some interesting new things in the works – I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how I can possibly update the Four Banger mk2 to be improved. At the very least, it must have a new PCB designed for it, to better accommodate the new style JFETs I have started using it (I have successfully mounted them on the old boards, but it’s a real pain…). I don’t know if the changes will be enough to constitute calling it a “Four Banger mk3″ yet, but I’m thinking it will at least be a “mk 2,5″. I’m also very interested in possibly doing some dual pedals. I have built a few one-off custom dual overdrives and OD/Boost combos in the past, and they always turned out well, so now I’m thinking of what might be good combinations to offer as regular models. I am also seriously considering getting back into taking custom orders – those are usually the most fun builds for me!

When I have time for it, I will also start publishing some DIY articles. I have alot of interesting design ideas that would probably be fun to build, but really wouldn’t be practical for me to try to sell as finished products.

Have a good Holiday Season!

-MC

Sep 01

Selling Some Guitars

Greetings everyone! I’m back from my adventure in Maine at the Atlantic Music Festival. Had an absolutely amazing time! As a result of my experiences, I’ve decided to transfer schools and relocate to New York.

To fund this cross-country move, I’ve decided to sell a large portion of my guitar collection. You can find what I am selling on my ebay page here: http://www.ebay.com/sch/desudesudesu/m.html
I have a handful of things up now, and will likely add more soon… keep checking, I have lots of guitar stuff to unload before I can move. I also have a couple vintage wahs and maybe a couple other pedals that I will most likely put up on this site under the “Used & Vintage” page.

Please help support a starving student attend a better school by purchasing these funky vintage guitars. :)

Jul 03

“Closed” for July

Hello everyone,

I will be out of town from July 4 thru August 3, 2014. I won’t be building any pedals during this time. I will still be checking email, so if you may place an order or ask a question, but no new pedals will be built until I return.

-MC

Mar 28

Another Illuminated OD in stock!

I have another beautiful Illuminated Overdrive in stock, sitting here waiting for a loving home. This one has an especially bold pattern to its design, and I’m sure you will be impressed by it.

First person gets it!

SOLD!!!

Dec 28

Illuminated OD in Stock!

Hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season! I’ve been busy, but I made time to build up an extra Illuminated OD, so I have one in stock ready to ship out today. Email the orders address and I’ll get it right out to you!

Jun 07

Newborns Seek Good Homes

Fresh from the ovens, these two are looking for some good people to give them loving homes.

orders@soulsonicfx.com

New pedals in stock

They just want some love.

Jun 05

Four Banger & Illuminated OD in Stock

I now have a Four Banger mk2 in stock. And I will have an Illuminated OD finished and ready to ship in the next day or so. Anyone wanting either of these without having to wait an eternity, now is your chance! :)

The Four Banger I have here is one of the first to use the new SK880 JFET for the “J” boost section. After a good stock of 2SK117 had become almost completely unobtainium, I tried a few different JFETs in the circuit. I built a couple using MPF102s, and this gave a good sound, though a bit tamer than the ‘117. But, now even the venerable MPF102 has been discontinued, so I had to find a new alternative. Fortunately, my wishes have been fulfilled with the Toshiba 2SK880. This is a top-quality modern JFET that gives performance as good (and maybe even a bit better) than the 2SK117. Only trouble is that it is only available as an SMD device. But this is only a minor inconvenience, being the resourceful individual I am, I was able to fashion some little adaptor boards that allow me to use them in the place of the original thru-hole components without any need to throw out all the old boards. Success!

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