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Zico
Score:
9

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Tube Screamer Me

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stratus with bright switch and clipping mod

Build description

Loved this build, it was straight forward and shows what a high standard the project is. I enjoyed putting this together and I have since built several other Aion projects (Aurora x 2, Corvus and just stating a Refractor)
I went for the brightness and clipping mods

The sound of this pedal is amazing and I have lost this pedal to a mate and am building myself another.

Modifications or part substitutions

Playing around with op-amps currently using a JRC4558D but will try NE5532 and OPA2134

shromkuc
Score:
2

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Dual Drive: RAT/Morning Glory

Project: Cerulean (Bluesbreaker)
Variant: Morning Glory

Build description

I threw this thing together the other day!
The build was super easy to follow and do. I used the Morning Glory specs and heck does it sound killer. Adds the perfect light gain without compromising my clean tone. And it actually pairs really well with the RAT. 10/10

haradamajstor
Score:
3

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Shred

Project: Solstice (Marshall Shredmaster)

Build description

Built this one straight by instructions, just put NOS Op Amps.
I didn’t have great expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised by this pedal. It brings the sound of the cranked JCM800 into my room.
Some friends say this is the best sounding dirt pedal I’ve ever made.
Let’s agree with them. 🙂

Modifications or part substitutions

JRC 4458DV instead of TL072

Zico
Score:
4

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Zico Tube Screamer

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock with Bright Mod and clipping

Build description

Built the stock TS 9 and I am super happy with the results.
It’s very versatile and fitted perfectly into the enclosure, the supplied drilling template made life very easy
I will try a couple of other OP Amps but the stock version is awesome

Modifications or part substitutions

OPA2134

Wes
Score:
-1

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Fulldrive 2

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Fulldrive 2

Build description

I was so glad to stumble upon this PCB that allowed me to build the Fulldrive 2 pedal as I had been looking to buy one several months back. I’m no expert at pedal building, as this was my 7th pedal. This was my 2nd Aion pcb and I was really happy with the instructions and how this pedal turned out. I built the Fulldrive 2 exactly as the specs called out. One issue I ran into was the capacitor CX1 was in the parts list but I couldn’t find it on the pcb. I think it must have been on an older version of the pcb, just the list of materials wasn’t updated. I’m not noticing any issues by not having it installed. I did the Fulldrive 2 clipping as illustrated on page 4 of the instructions. I did the Flat Mids Mod for the other switch as I wanted to get as close to a Fulldrive 2 as possible. I liked that the board has several mod options as I’ll probably buy another board to try something different, maybe the Fulldrive 2 again but with different mods. The other issue I ran into was that I didn’t originally install the 4.7k resistor (LEDR) as I didn’t realize it was part of this build. At first I left it blank but wasn’t getting any sound from the pedal. I’m not sure if I could have just jumpered that or what to get it to work. Luckily I had a 3.3k resistor lying around so I had to install that at the end after everything else was done. That truly tested my soldering skills! It wasn’t great but I got some solder there to hold it in place.

Modifications or part substitutions

The only part substitution I used was the 3.3k for the LEDR resistor. I didn’t install anything for the RPD resistor and am not noticing any issues so maybe it’s fine to not have it. I did the Fulldrive 2 clipping option and the Flat Mids mod. I did install CX6 since it was recommended in the instructions. I used center off switches for both my switches and a 20kW for the tone potentiometer.

Mat
Score:
-4

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Blunt Force Trauma

Project: Fusion (Suhr Riot)
Variant: 2 in 1

Build description

Fusion plus Corona wanted to add a little more to the fusion used a combination of 1n34a’s plus 1n4148’s and played around with Asymmetrical clipping with some tasty results. As for the Corona i put in 1n60’s plus 1n34a’s. although the 2 pedals combined are a bit over the top when you dial it in its very nice indeed

Modifications or part substitutions

Diodes used 1n60, 1n34a & 1n4148

Dai
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Nice solution

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)

Build description

Tried to top jacks build . Enclosure is 1590BS.
I’m a newbie at DIY, then managed to get everything done somehow.
OPA2134 on IC-1 was good. I intend to try other chips out.
and I’m going to change resistor for LED(4.7k was too bright).

Thanks for selling this pcb(and really helpful instruction manual).

Alaspoorjordan
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Fusion Build (5-30-17)

Project: Fusion (Suhr Riot)

Build description

Built as specified, except I used a 10kB for the volume pot instead. Sounded absolutely monstrous.

Modifications or part substitutions

Subbed a 10kB for the 10kA volume pot.

Ian Tutzauer
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Tone Bender – 2/3 Goat Ediition

Project: Deimos (Tonebender Mk II)
Variant: OC-42

Build description

Deimos with OC42 transistors. (3) LED’s for light plate. Completed as a gift for my cousin who plays in the bad 2/3 Goat.

Modifications or part substitutions

OC-42 transistors, Light Plate for LED’s

Zico
Score:
9

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Ross Compressor

Project: Aurora (Ross/Dyna Compressor)
Variant: Modified Ross / Keely Attack knob, C1 changed

Build description

I am really enjoying building the Aion projects, I think this is build number 6 The projects are well thought out and the documentation fantastic.

This is my second Aurora, the first did not work and after several days of tracing figured it was a counterfeit CA3080E. I ordered a new PCB and got the real IC from SmallBear and proceeded to build one that does work. Really happy with it. I changed C1 to 150 pf, mainly because i had it in stock and after reading the build docs sounded like the right choice.

I noticed the silkscreen was corrected on the pcb
the build doc may need an update to note this 🙂

I used water slide decals which I still challenging but am getting better at it

Really happy with the sound of the compressor

Modifications or part substitutions

C1 changed to 150pf