Saturday, 25 June 2011

Mystery Tube Amp

Managed to find this old gem at a garage sale, the fellow who owned it was so excited that somebody knew what it was that he just gave it to me! 
 Is it just me or did Spock sign this amp?

This apparently homemade amplifier is dated as "Spring 1964", and is lovingly adorned with some really shitty handwriting - in the world of techies, handwriting and mad geek skillz are inversely proportional.  And as far as a name?  Hold on to your asshole, the guy named it "AMPLIFIER"!  Looking at the semi-legible scribble on the front, I'm pretty certain the things signed by Spock.  With a logical name like AMPLIFIER, it adds up. Emotionless bastard.  At any rate, pretty sure AMPLIFIER is going to kick some serious ass.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Boss BR-532 DC Jack Repair

I really like playing music, recording it has been historically difficult.  This is mostly because I am too cheap to shell out for adequate hardware.  After trying to fix a tape deck for a good 2 hours (post on that if it ever happens...) , I figured my time was better spent fixing my roommates 4-track recorder - and so I dove in!

The problem was a simple one, the unit would frequently turn itself off, unless you held the plug just-so.  From having spent too much time fixing shitty electronics, I knew that this was simply a matter of re-heating the solder joint on the DC barrel plug.

 Some obligatory circuit porn

Saturday, 7 May 2011