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Bill McDuffee
Score:
8

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Blown Away

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: Aion BOM and instructions

Build description

The headroom and flexibility of this pedal is impressive to say the least. Just as impressive is how spot on the documentation and history information that Kevin provides with it. I have a few builds under my but that didn’t stop me from “doing the newbie” on a few things. If you noticed the all plastic enclosed jacks in the gut shot… uh yeah… they had to go away (no ground to chassis). Of course the pot I destroyed was the bass C50K and was the only one in my house. After I got it sorted out it, I was simply amazed at the quality this pedal possesses.

Modifications or part substitutions

Only out of necessity I used an A50K pot wired backwards for the bass control. It works in reverse but hey, I built the unit for myself. I won’t tell if you don’t LOL!

MikeO
Score:
7

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Nobels ODR-1

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: Added Bass control

Build description

Stock build but with the added bass cut, yet another great sounding pedal…can you have too many?

Modifications or part substitutions

Added bass cut pot

haradamajstor
Score:
7

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Ubertreiber

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: Stock

Build description

Stock build with bass pot.
Because of ODR-1 comes from Germany I decided to make it visible at first sight. I’m not really sure whether the labels are spelled correctly, but judging by the friends reactions desired effect is achieved. 🙂

I almost forgot to say that this pedal sounds very good.

Modifications or part substitutions

Second clipping diodes are germanium-schottky pairs.

music6000
Score:
4

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Noble Drive

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: with Bass Pot

Build description

Built this as per Instructions with Bass Pot option.
Built in 125b Enclosure with Battery option.
This is a Great sounding pedal with the added bonus to dial the Bass to where it’s needed. If I want it to sound like the Original which I own, just crank the Bass fully Clockwise.

Awesome!

Modifications or part substitutions

125B Enclosure
Battery Snap

Beerserver
Score:
3

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Andromeda / Nobels – lessons learned

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: Stock

Build description

My first experience drilling my own enclosure.
The Aion template worked perfectly; I highly recommend using an automatic center punch to mark, removing the paper template, and drilling 3mm pilot holes.
This was a challenging build for sure.
Advice #1:
Capacitor selections. Almost all my film and electrolytics were too tall. I had electrolytics as tall as 20mm, and there’s no reason I should have been using 400V film capacitors! So when purchasing components, pay attention to their height – try to stay under 10mm. Mostly this means using 35V or lower components.

Advice #2:
Socket the ICs, transistor, and clipping diodes.

Advice #3:
Go slowly, break the build into phases, and take breaks.

As for the sound, it sounds really good. Really thick and rich saturation.
The EQ section is really interesting and really useful.

Great PCB and instructions! My favorite project supplier!

Modifications or part substitutions

This build has so many various component values, I may have fudged some as I went along.
Tried LEDs in clipping section but my IC output doesn’t seem to be reaching the clipping point.

Score:
10

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Andromeda Overdrive

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)

Build description

I was actually on Aion Electronics today to buy another Andromeda board for a going away present for a friend, but realized my build report wasn’t here! I put two of these together last December. One was for a friend who plays a lot of red dirt country. The other is for me, and I generally play a Gretsch 5120 into my 1965 Ampeg Rocket. Needless to say, this is one of 2 overdrives on my board, and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. The headroom on this thing is phenomenal. The tones and sounds this thing produces in the 10:00 to 2:00 settings really work well with other overdrives (both driving other pedals and being driven by other pedals), so if you’re a tone stacker, this is a great one to have in the collection. The circuit was pretty easy to construct; it fired up the first time.

Modifications or part substitutions

Sock build. I tried the diode additions but found that it removed a bit of the clipping character.

JNeedles
Score:
1

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Tele-Vision

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: Recommended added Bass Knob

Build description

I built this pedal to use with my tele and it sounds really amazing. However, I really love this pedal for bass. It’s now my main bass overdrive. I might modify it later or build another one with bass in mind.

I mistakenly ordered ceramic resistors instead of metal film for the build. This is kind of bad form considering all the mention of precision German engineering in the build docs, but I was too anxious to wait. Luckily, all the resisters measured ~2% and the pedal sounds great.

Modifications or part substitutions

None