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coltonius
Score:
35

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Blueberry Bass OD Conversion

Project: Procyon (Honey Bee OD)
Variant: Bearfoot Blueberry Bass Overdrive

Build description

I originally set out to build a Honey Bee, but then I learned the Blueberry Bass OD was a kissing cousin. Since I enjoy the BBOD so well, I decided to go that direction! My wife painted and texturized the enclosure by hand, and she used a stencil for the bee.

I also prefer a 1590B or 1590A-sized enclosure, but I had a pre-drilled 125B onhand. The top jacks make up for it.

Modifications or part substitutions

– Built to Blueberry Bass OD specs
– Audio taper Volume pot (personal preference)
– Switched Volume knob to top-left and Gain to top-right. Again, personal preference.

Marcel (NL)
Score:
23

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Procyon / Honey Bee

Project: Procyon (Honey Bee OD)
Variant: Honey Bee

Build description

A lot of fun to build, thanks to Aion’s very good documentation!

The pedal sounds very good and proves very versatile. From avery good clean boost to nice crunch. In particular I do like the Nature control and the tone shaping options it gives. From chimey bell like tone to smooth and fat grit. It works well with my amp (Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister combo) and booster (a SHO clone). Even with a modded DS-1.

Very inspiring pedal!

Modifications or part substitutions

I compared red and green leds and settled with the green ones.
I’ve tried the alternative values for C10 and C9 as suggested in the build documentation. Raising C10 from 4,7nF to 22nF made the sound a bit fatter, but also caused it to break up sooner. Also I missed somewhat of the sparkle at the lower value. For C9 I tried the lower values (15nF and 10nF), this did somehow open up the tone, but not on the whole range of the nature pot. It made the peal les subtle to my ears, a bit more harsh. I ended up with the original values, which in my set up and to my ears this give the best tone over the whole range of the Nature control. Of course this is all very subjective!

Metrones
Score:
2

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3 in 1 drive Procyon, Cerulean, Stratus

Project: Procyon (Honey Bee OD)
Variant: Honey Bee, Morning Glory, Langraff

Build description

Built a 3 in 1 drive pedal in a 1590DD enclosure. Procyon > Cerulean (morning glory)> Status (langraff)

Modifications or part substitutions

Added second clipping option germanium diodes with 2n700 mosfets. to the cerulean. Added led clipping and bass boost option mod to stratus

Lee Watford
Score:
1

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Procyon build

Project: Procyon (Honey Bee OD)

Build description

Still building from the Thanksgiving sale…

I had built a Honey Bee before, and used all the “mojo” parts, but didn’t love it. I built this one with the suggested mods in the Nature control and it’s much more useful. I used all “normal” parts via Small Bear, and it sounds great. Actually went right onto my pedalboard!

Groovaholic
Score:
0

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BlueHoneyBerryBee

Project: Procyon (Honey Bee OD)
Variant: hybrid HoneyBee/BlueBerry

Build description

This was my first Aion build, and I made a couple “newbie” mistakes – most notably installing a tantalum capacitor backward.

I’m a bassist. And while I loved the sound of the stock circuit (once I debugged my build) I battled with finding a setting that would give me enough low end without clipping too early.

Where I ended up was a hybrid of the Honey Bee circuit and the BlueBerry Bass OD circuit that got me much closer, but still clipped earlier than I wanted it to.

So I dropped the drive pot to 250k, which got me closer, but I still was hearing a flavor to the clipping that didn’t grab me, so I omitted the hard-clipping diodes and that gave me exactly the light/amp-like clipper that I wanted for my bass rig.

Modifications or part substitutions

I used the recommended alternate values in the “Nature” circuit
Decreased Drive pot value
Omitted hard-clipping diodes