The Voltage-Unit Meter Pedal (VUMP) has been revived from what many of you saw on YouTube. The “Mini-VUMP” will be only 2″ x 2″ x 1″ and has been completely overhauled from that video of the prototype. See more info here on the Mini-VUMP project!!
Okay, well the Telefunken-Bayreuth 5552MX console is coming along great. The NF2 tube amp rebuild came out better than I imagined. I LOVE the dancing Tuning-Eye tube. Let me know if you’re interested in the schematic for that. Schweet…. I’m working on the LED lighting effects now. The speakers have been TOALLY upgraded with a pair of vintage AR5’s rebuilt into the console in a proper sealed enclosure. The crossover was COMPLETELY rebuilt using metal-film capacitors for top-quality sound. The original air-inductors were kept.
Hello 2020! Current projects…
Folks: I’ve been super busy being a 2nd-time dad and rebuilding antique stereo consoles recently, so I’ve been AWOL here! Here’s the briefest glimpse into what’s been going on.
Interestingly, my VU-meter pedal has received some attention lately, so I’m also working on making production versions of those!!
Antique Stereo Consoles Coming
I’ve been bust the last few weeks working on antique stereo consoles and vintage audio components. It’s a LOT of work to restore (and improve) these, but they are awesome! Keep an eye on us. These things will sell FAST.
See the new “For Sale” page!!
Wow, it’s November already??? I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been busy on a number of really cool projects and had a bunch of stuff on Etsy for most of the year. It hasn’t panned out that well! I’m hoping posting all my “For Sale” items here might generate some interest.
I still have the AWESOME analog clocks available. There was a lot of views on my Nixie clock on Etsy, but no buyers. Someone please buy it!! It’s really cool.
I’m working hard on an organ pipe doorbell with 28 pipes, including one almost 7ft tall. It’s an amazing project and it’s coming together. Images/videos coming soon.
I’m back working on some items again. Sold two steampunked leather mice. Yay! But other stuff has been stagnant, so I dropped the prices on Etsy a LOT. Please buy stuff!! I really think my next move is going to be guitar pedals. I’ve been scouring the market so far with analog clocks, cigar box drums, steampunked wireless mouses, etc., but with hardly a bite. I’ve finally got Instagram account up and running to help get the word out.
It’s kind of depressing to spend so much effort on items I think are cool and have no sales to show for it, so I guess my final foray will be guitar pedals. If that fails, I’m going toward my big invention ideas whole-hog. Youtube hasn’t panned out for me yet either, now that you need 1,000 subscribers to make even a cent.
Sheet Music for Piano
Hi folks! I did a few recordings on a grand piano of my jazz hymn arrangements (Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us, Be Thou My Vision, The Love Of God). Sheet music will be available for purchase (low price) and videos will be posted on our Youtube Channel. Enjoy!
Steampunk Wireless Mice
Logitech m325 wireless computer mice that have been “steampunked” with dimpled aluminum and leather are now available at our Etsy store. SN002 is tan suede leather and SN003 is a rich brown polished goatskin leather. They are fully functional and tested before shipment. They really catch attention at the office!
…Okay, yet another item that’s not “music” – But hey, it’s really cool!
PVC Pipe Amp Kit Status
Just to keep you up to date on the PVC pipe amp kits… I’m working hard on the manual for the assembly. Whew, it’s a lot of work! It’s up to 22 pages now, and that just for the PCB and Faceplate assembly!
For the Faceplate drawing, I had to download the AppImage of latest build of FreeCAD (still at 0.17), because, well, I couldn’t figure out where 0.16 went (thanks, Ubuntu!), and the Ubuntu-software center version of FreeCAD (also 0.17) didn’t have dimensioning capability. Hopefully they’ll get up to version 1 of FreeCAD someday….
I’m having a hard time deciding whether or not to include a 15″ x 15″ baseplate in the kit, because it means the shipping carton has to be much larger. Any opinions? Also, the 90-deg elbow is easily available at any home improvement store, so I might leave that out too, because it might cost as much to ship as it is to buy in person! Besides, if you want to recreate the Super Mario Bros amp, you don’t need an elbow!
I made a few videos pertaining to the assembly. Those will be posted once the manual is done and the kits are ready.
Once the weather lets up, I can go ahead and router the features into the five remaining PVC pipes I have here. That a major part of the kit.
Clock SN001 & SN003 Update
Clock SN001 is done. The “nudge” factor I used to keep the needle from sticking seems to be working very well, and I recalibrated the “mode” knob. The demo video was posted on Youtube. It’s up for sale on Etsy.com as well…
Clock SN003 has been updated! I added a feature to the back corner of it, and it’s looking great. The instruction sheet is done too, and the demo video has been shot (but not processed). Hopefully it’ll be posted to Youtube and Etsy within the next week.