Tone Report DIY builds - thoughts?

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  1. Tom Freeman

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    For anyone who gets the Tone Report online newsletter each week, you may have noticed that a few recent issues have had articles describing how to build a few pedals. I think there were things like a vico-vibe trem, a Big muff varient, a couple fuzz pedals, and even a miniature amp in a stompbox format in this past week's issue.

    Has anyone tried building any of these? Any thoughts on the build process for them, as well as the sound? Are they worth trying? I've been thinking of making the vico vibe/trem, but I've heard things about how there's a noticeable loss of volume when the effect is on.
     
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    The tutorials in tone report look like decent walkthroughs. Haven't tried any of those particular builds, bUt you could follow their process and build pretty much whatever you want from this site.

    http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/

    You can find just about anything you'd ever want there, as long as it's not a proprietary digital effect.

    There are also a few great walkthroughs at the fit club at tonefiend.com

    Disclaimer, it's an addictive hobby. You won't stop after just one.
     
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    I love this series from tone report. The fuzzes and trem are on my short list to build.
     
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    I skip by them ... I suppose they're good for getting people at least looking at diy as an alternative.
     
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    matmosphere, you're definitely right about the hobby being addictive. I just got into building my first pedal not too long ago, a silicon fuzz face clone. Now that I'm done university for the summer and have more time (and assuming my summer job pays me soon, more money), I'm planning on doing a bunch more builds, particularly a variant on the TS 808 circuit. However, the builds featured in tone report have caught my eye, and I have the feeling I'm going to try a couple of them relatively soon if nothing stops me...
     
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    http://www.geofex.com/article_folders/tstech/tsxtech.htm

    This is a great read on the tubescreamer circuit. I just finished a build of one on a madbean board. It seems alright but I haven't had a chance to rub it through its paces yet.

    There are a lot of great pedals based on the ts circuit. The Zen drive and the Timmy are both very well thought of and are very close to the ts.
     
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