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    Expecting my first kid, surname conundrum

    Me and my partner have been together nearly 10 years and expecting our first kid. We're not married so my surname is Smith and hers is Horsaman (horse-a-man). My surname is common as muck plus I'm the only Smith in my immediate family. It was my mum's last name but she married not-my-dad before...
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    Nickel Allergy

    Long story short I think I have a nickel allergy and I think playing the guitar is triggering significant reaction. I currently use D'addario nickel wound 9s EXL120 and I settled on them many years ago because I like how they sound and feel. Has anyone been through something similar who can...
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    Songs similar to other artists

    I have a bit of a mental list of songs which sound like other artists have performed them. Usually they are smaller bands which sound like a bigger artist(s) and I usually end up searching to see if it's a collaboration I was unaware and a lot of them are not. Thought I'd share some and post...
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    Long distance relationship

    Has anyone been through a period of long distance in a relationship? (I know some have been stuck in different countries due to the pandemic.) I'm applying for a placement abroad and in the very unlikely scenario I'm lucky enough to get the job I will be living in Switzerland for 6 to 12...
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    4 Eyes...

    I count 4 including the dogs. In all seriousness this year my eyes have failed me. Now I can't focus on anything that is more than arm's length away, hence the new eyewear. I don't mind how I look in them but I'm not particularly happy to have lost what was much better than average vision...
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    Recommend me a DMM for amp work.

    I’ve built my first fixed bias amp and my cheap and cheerful multimeter that has served me well for many years is not up to the task of setting the bias at all. It can’t accurately measure either low voltages and or the low resistance across the OT primary. I’m not particularly fussed about...
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    6 watt Princeton/Deluxe reverb (without the reverb)

    This is very early in the works but I feel quite excited about this idea so I'm sorry for the lengthy post. I built this super compact 1 watt micro amp (12AU7 push-pull output) about a year ago, pictured below (near completion). It's a good amp and dual purpose, I wanted it to do british...
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    Does anyone NOT have a number 1?

    For those of us with 2 or more guitars do any of you lack a clear #1 out of the bunch? I have 5 guitars and 4 of them are great and excel at their own thing and I play them equally but I'd be hard pushed to say which one is the best overall.
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    DIY Wall Display

    Hi all, I started a new job a couple of months ago... Hooray! I've gone from stacking shelves in a supermarket to office work (data analysist) and like many of you I am now working from home. My 'office' isn't comfortable, it's storage for anything and everything, plus my musical gear and just...
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    Experimental single coil voiced humbucker

    Hello all, I am a die hard single coil fan and hate most humbuckers especially in the neck posistion, I've already swapped out the neck mini humbucker in my Epiphone Riviera. My friend and previous owner of the Riviera agreed it was a big improvement and that he also preferres single coils but...
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    First NBD

    First I'd like to say thanks to the guys who helped me choose my first bass and amp. A Squier Affinity starter pack (just typing that makes me want to laugh) but it after spending 24 hours with it I'd say it's amazing value. There are only a couple of things on the bass that'll need...
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    Help! I want to play bass

    Title says it all really. I've played guitar for 8 years and for sometime I've felt the need to pick up a bass just to have handy but I'm a bit clueless. I'm intrigued by the Squier affinity Bronco because it's cheap, short scale and I like the Mustang shape. I don't want to put down a big...
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    NGD! Tele/Mustang hybrid

    I started building this guitar 3 years ago as one of the memorial builds for our sadly departed barbrainy. The build fizzled out when I screwed up gluing down the fretboard so I put it to one side and picked it back up again 4 weeks ago. Now it's finally done, aside from a few alterations...
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    A modern widowmaker. Dangerous?

    Well the old ones are deadly for obvious reasons with the potential to put the live voltage on the chassis due to a shorted death cap or the coin flip you face plugging in the 2 prong cord. But with the modern 3 prong cord, fuses and a bit of ingenuity I think I have a solution that could work...
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    Bimodal Micro Amp - Build #2

    So yesterday I got a bit impulsive, I threw an amp design together in about 4 hours and then ordered a heap load of parts. I may not have spent a massive amount of time drawing the schematic but I've been wanting to do something like this for a while. Bimodal comes from statistics (least...
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    Just bought a 4x12

    And Im on my way home with it on valentines day, I think my girlfriend might be pissed. (Anyone know how to hide one of these things?) Its a Marshall avt412 (angled), so no greenbacks or other classic speaker, some custom voiced celestions for this specific model and its about as compact as a...
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    Mini Valve amp transformer

    Hi there, I am looking for a suitable PT for a mini valve amp. Running 4 (i will settle for 3) preamp valves (2/3 12ax7 for the preamp and PI and a 12au7 PP output). I'm not particularly fussy about the B+ as Im looking for anything from 250v to 300v after smoothing and I dont mind dropping it...
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    Who hates new strings?

    I just modified my Epiphone Rivera, new neck pickup. I wound a strat style pup and put it inside a firebird cover and baseplate (show and tell over). :D Its been about 2 months since a string change so it was overdue. So I put new strings on while changing the pickup and now I'm in the...
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    Vox AC30S1.. something doesnt add up

    the ac30s1 is a single chanel amp based on the top boost channel and claims to be all tube design, yet it has digital (not really part of my question) and uses 2 12ax7 valves and a 4 el84 valves. But there aren't enough triodes in the amp to complete the preamp/phase inverter of the top boost...
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    Tremolo Design

    I designed this effect a while a ago but now I'm thinking about prototyping it and hopefully building it. Just thought I'd show it off since there aren't many DIY tremolos out there. I still need to design the LFO but I'll probably just copy someone else's work. :rolleyes: Finally deciding...
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    NAD!

    Just finished this off this morning, its a modified Vox AC15 top boost preamp/tone stack into an el84 single ended power amp. I have a build thread here: http://www.tdpri.com/threads/first-build-and-something-a-bit-different-take-2.873969/ but here's the details in brief. The original...
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    First build and something a bit different TAKE 2

    Ok, so I posted a similar thread about a year ago about building my first amp but ended up buying an amp I've wanted for a long time for a too low to resist price. Unfortunately, I had to sell the amp last month to cover some of the costs of moving and now I'm in the market for a new amp. Back...
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    Felt Tip on Rosewood Fretboard?!

    First off, I know this thread will derail so let's open with the question. How would you get felt tip off a rosewood fretboard? And because that question will get more questions than answers here's the full story. Ok so let's start off with I know kids will be kids and they haven't learnt...
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    Hybrid Amp Idea?

    I can see an amp build at some point in my future and I've nearly started a project before but bought my dream amp for a steal instead. My idea is to build a single ended single valve amp which offers valve distortion in both the preamp and the output section. As I recently learnt that there...
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    NGD!

    An Epiphone Riviera, 2010 MIC belonged to a friend and I've been wanting to buy it off him for about 6 months and yesterday I got to take her home for £350. Gave it a thorough cleaning today and a restring and I couldn't be happier. There's no real first impressions here since I've played this...




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