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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Laundromat » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:04 pm

I'm trying to move these quickly to fund the next new thing. And one of those is going to Seattle. :tu:
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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Laundromat » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:48 pm

Italian Spiderman? No, this is the Italian Thunderbird. Based on my crusty old black Vox TB. The small can transistors seemed to fit the idea of a small footprint, so I went with it. The sound on the other hand is big, nailing the fuzz tones of the Stooges self titled album to a tee. Nasty rattling teeth.
Transistors used here are Texas Instruments made OC45 and OC72 with CV labels. Temperature stability shouln't be an issue with these.


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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Doc Holliday » Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:19 pm

Laundromat wrote:New things. Been meaning to make a MKIV for several years, but finally got around to getting it done. Based on a mistreated old Batman style MKIV that I feel sounds exceptionally good.

These two are fitted with OC78 transistors and Mullard tropical fish caps. The one on the left has a slight blemish on the logo print, so that'll knock a fiver off the price.

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200€ + shipping
What's the difference with a mk3 and 4 here Antti? Are the batman types variants of the Park etc? 10uf caps?
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Post by daCod » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:53 pm

please tell me someone has snatched these up - they are priced to move and i would imagine sound EPIC :award:
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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Laundromat » Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:13 pm

Doc Holliday wrote:What's the difference with a mk3 and 4 here Antti? Are the batman types variants of the Park etc? 10uf caps?
The answers might differ depending on who you ask, but I'd say the distinction between MKIII and IV is the case they were built in. MKIIIs and early MKIVs (such as the Sola branded ones) used the same biasing resistor values that differ from the later MKIV circuits. These are based on the later MKIV, which is the same circuit that was used in the 3-knob Parks.
daCod wrote:please tell me someone has snatched these up - they are priced to move and i would imagine sound EPIC :award:
One Italian and both MKIVs still available. :tu:
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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Doc Holliday » Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:13 pm

Pm'd
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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Doc Holliday » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:28 pm

I've had a MK3 and 4 before. Both clones. The 3 I found to have a high mids thing going on which maybe didn't agree with my setup. It also lacked the bass the 4 had. The 3 was raw and aggressive while the 4 still had some guts and aggression was a bit fuller and more to my liking. It was based on a park 3 knob. Can't remember the bias string. It did have a 10uf though which I think gave it more bass. Sold it silly really. But I'm a fuxker for mojo. It didn't have the guts I would have liked. Though it sounded great!
It's like a woman I guess... it's nice to have some great chit chat but if she ain't packing the goods then it's time to try another. Looking forward to it!
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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Laundromat » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:16 am

These have 10 µF in there, but I'd say the difference in sound is very marginal from 4.7 µF.

The MKIV with a blemish in the finish now for 190€.
The slightly visually defective MKII from the last page still available for 150€.
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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by Laundromat » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:42 pm

Didn't want to clutter the section with a new thread, so I'll include it here.

The Clutch

This is a sonic carbon copy of a late 60s germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite. I loaned an original from Nick several years back just to test it out. I had no plans of making one, but after hearing it I knew I had no choice. Nasty, brutal, rattly, 3D... all of it. It sounds like kickstarting a bike. Rolling the guitar tone and volume knobs back it also seems to transform into a Nintendo style synth. Fast forward a couple of years and plenty of banging my head against the wall, we're here.

My idea was to make each of these in a different finish and I suppose there's enough colors in the world to make it possible.
These first ones are fitted with 2N404 and AC128 transistors. The finishes are tranlucent or anodized, which let the imperfections of the enclosure casting to shine through, giving it a crusty look. Let's start with something toxic and green...

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Re: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Post by redeyeflight » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:37 pm

Wow!! That looks amazing!
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