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About bluefoxicy

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  1. It occurs to me a 1:1 PT at 50VA costs only $10, while the PT on the Valve Jr costs $35-ish. With about $5 of circuitry, I can build an adjustable boost converter to get 170VDC-550VDC out. I figure $7-$8 will let me pull 5V-15VDC (filament) and 170V-550VDC (tubes), with the high-voltage followed by your standard power resistor layout, unless you want to spend $2.50 on a buck converter for each following stage (the capacitor becomes a filter capacitor). Drop in the $10 transformer and you've got a $20 PSU rather than the $45 one (PT + resistors) everyone uses. Components can be sized for like 300W so you can use a 300VA transformer for ~150W output. You CANNOT run a rectifier tube from the same transformer winding. It won't work. You'll short your amp out. Does that sound like a good piece for a DIY kit? I also want to build an OTL stage for the Valve Jr, but that's not generic. I'd need a different OTL stage for each type of amp, although I guess adjustable impedance matching would let me use the same stage on the same layout. Together that cuts about $50 off the DIY, I think?
  2. You misunderstand. I f@*%ing hate solid state drive. It's a novelty item: I want to play Rock You like a Hurricane, I set my Vox DAW5 to High Gain 2, and play. Tube drive is fun, it's responsive. I can actually play La Grange, but with my Vox or a pedal I'm flipping switches or just dealing with the drive. With the VJ, volume up too loud, I can fingerpick the clean parts (they're VERY warm) and then move my thumb to slide the pick up into my fingers and WHAM, DISTORTION. Don't even need to roll the volume knob on my guitar. Why would I buy a tube amp and then put the "Drive" switch from a solid state amp in my pedal chain? I already have an amp with 12 different modes of that built in.
  3. http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Blackheart-Killer-Ant-BH1H-1W-Tube-Guitar-Amp-Head?sku=488006 This thing. I have a Vox DAW5 solid state but I'm tiring of it quickly and I want a tube amp again. My tube amp is LOUD 5W Epiphone VJ, which is a nice amp but really... something quieter at gain volumes would be nice. I'd actually like a stock VJ V3 or current (is there a V4 yet?) for clean tones, but when that volume goes up to get gain... too loud. I'm going to see if my local Guitar Center has one... I haven't decided if it's feasible to carry a VJ to practice with my teacher yet, I could do VJ through 12 inches.
  4. Yeah I shut it down ages ago. haha this thread got tacked onto the vjr mod thread for some reason.
  5. Yow! My apartment has holes in the wall, carpet, was dirty when I moved in, and the last apartment I was in ate itself (plumbing issue). Naturally, I am well prepared to move into a foreclosure home and try to do the magical dream of a 5% interest rate and a $1000/mo 15 year loan ($180,000) for what amounts to a $100,000 house. Maybe I should get an adjustable rate mortgage and try to get 3% going in; it'll hold for a year and then prop up by 1%, then I could refinance a fixed rate at 4.11% or 5.00%... R=3% T=1 P=100,000: 3045 R=5% T=1 P=100,000: 5127 So in 1 year I could save $2100, which I'll use to pay down the loan right? Let's see what that $2100 would do if my loan was fixed 5%, looking at total cost rather than interest: R=5% T=15 P=100,000: $211,700 R=5% T=15 P=97,900: $207,254 R=5% T=15 P=95,000: $201,115 So saves me $4446. Technically, I write this stuff off my income instead, so the savings are more like that number * 0.30; however, notice dropping a $5,000 closer on a $100,000 house for 15 years? Saves over $10,000? The interest for the first month would be $417, then there's interest on that, then on that, etc; paying more than my given payments is majorly significant, since after the first year I have about $5000 more in than I started, so I pay a $105,000 loan over 14 years now.... I'd rather wind up in something barely livable and spend $30k and lots of sweat and blood to make it a decent home, than buy something for $250k and wind up spending $1,120,422 over a 30 year 5% mortgage. Yes I said a million dollars. Do you realize how many sports cars, guitars, and amps I could buy for a million dollars? (Formula: P * e^(R * T) = value)
  6. So after so much playing with amps, building amps, modding out the VJ, I want... http://www.prsguitars.com/prs30/index.html This. Thoughts?
  7. OUCH! "Acoustics" != "Amps and Accessories" ... mods?
  8. This should make the VJR louder, right?
  9. I own a guitar that's easy to play, holds its tune for like a month (says the electronic tuner), and has great tone and sustain. I let other people play it and they're blown away because it's better than their guitars. I'll play the PRS at Guitar Center for a couple months, if I like it I'll buy it. It's that simple. I have one freaking awesome guitar already, if this one's anything but awesome I'll notice. If I like it early on, I'll pay them to put new strings on the one in the store (without me buying it). So we'll see.
  10. To someone who's learning or practicing on their own, or doesn't have their own band for some reason? I find it rather enriching. It's the closest thing I have to playing with others, which teaches me to follow along with the band. A lot of people can't play in a band because they can't keep rhythm with the other band members (myself included; I've done it, but usually I can't stay in time with the metronome or the album).
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