Author Topic: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"  (Read 151885 times)

kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #260 on: October 06, 2010, 12:45:11 AM »
Howdy!~  My name is Glenn, I often do not say much in the place where there are folks way smarter than I on this, but I have to ask; Are you considering building the GeorgeM2 tremolo shown on page 11? Of "Vibracaster..or how to turn your..into a Tremolo?  Just curious.  I have thought of doing it on perfboard, just like George did, I have all the parts; but I look at the layout, and the pots, installed backwards &upside-down, and lol, I quickly get confused just looking at it!  Anyway, I just wanted to know if you were into this build, and if so how that is going for you.  At some point I will overcome my nerves on it and just go with it!
                                                                         Glenn

That happened to me too. The layout I posted is in the way it should look already printed on the board.
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glenn.b

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #261 on: October 06, 2010, 09:13:55 PM »
Coolness!  That was what I was struggling with-the termination of several components were hard for me to see-that little piece was the missing link!  I'll keep you posted I  NEED to do this! ;D
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #262 on: October 16, 2010, 12:20:45 AM »
Ok, this is where I say: "┐Ah, verdad?" :-\ First, the led is always on, is that right? I think theres something wrong with the wiring. I hope it is. When I turn the bypass off, I have no sound, so, it is not working. :-[ I really hoped this to work at first time 'cause I'm not very good in debugging, but it has to be done.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #263 on: October 16, 2010, 11:46:05 AM »



My LED wired stupid,   :icon_frown:

Right:


I find the wiring layout a little bit confusing so I'm tring to sort it out, I really hope that here lies the problem.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #264 on: October 16, 2010, 12:08:14 PM »
 ??? Well, I'm giving up on GeorgeM2 design, I'm very confused with the two switch wiring, I can't figure it out by my self, and this tread seems dead, I'll try the last layout Renegadrian posted. Hope it works at first time 'cause debuggin alone, for me is nearly imposible.
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Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #265 on: October 16, 2010, 12:10:19 PM »
Don't give up. It's probably just a small wiring error. I'll try and get around to having a look over your wiring scheme.  ;)
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #266 on: October 16, 2010, 09:52:45 PM »
Ok, I'm not giving up...yet  :P I'm a little anxious for hear my own vibracaster roaring but, hey, I wouldn't got this far without some patience and your help. So, this is how I wired the 3pdt and the dpdt switches:

3pdt (bypass) switch:





Firs pole: lug 1 --> Pin 2 (through the 47nF capacitor)
              lug 4  --> In tip
              lug 7  --> Jumper to lug 9

Second pole:

lug 2 --> Led and dpdt's lug 6 (firs suspicious connexion)
lug 5 --> dpdt's lug 4
lug 8 --> not connected

Third pole:

lug 3 --> Volume central lug
lug 6 --> Out tip
lug 9 --> jumper to lug 7

Wiring of dpdt switch (tremolo switch):



first pole:

lug 1 --> dept central lug
lug 3 --> diode 4148 -- > pin 8
lug 5 --> In ground and jumper to lug 6

second pole:

lug 2 --> Q3
lug 4 --> 3pdt's lug 5
lug 6 --> 3pdt's lug 2, Out tip, and jumper to lug 5



« Last Edit: October 17, 2010, 01:57:11 AM by kaalaraab »
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #267 on: October 17, 2010, 06:49:41 PM »
I just realize that dpdt's lug 6 must go to out ground and not Out tip.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #268 on: October 17, 2010, 07:34:50 PM »
When I cut the wire "3pdt's lug 2" ---> "dpdt's lug 6" The led led turns on and off with the 3pdt switch and responds to oscilation when active it with dpdt switch, but still have no out signal.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #269 on: October 19, 2010, 02:39:51 AM »
I rewired again and can't find the problem, its seems to me there's a short somewhere, or maybe the tube is not working propertly, or still the switches wiring are not right. I'm going, in a few hours, to Guadalajara for Pixie's concert  :icon_biggrin: when I come back I'm going to start over, from the basics: Valvecaster. I'm going to build them all, Valvecaster, Twincaster, Vibracaster without Gain and Volume, etc. because this brings something very clear to me: I have a lot to learn. See you at the weekend.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #270 on: November 11, 2010, 12:41:51 AM »
I built my valvecaster, it was a success. I'm watting for some stuff to arrive and start building a Twincaster. In the meantime I tried again with the vibracaster. This time I used the Adriano's layout on page 5. Nothing ??? Is something with the wiring, Im sure. I just get a bad gronding sound. I'm using BC547c These are my readings:

Q1

E: 0.626
B: 0
C: 5.26

Q2

E: 5.26
B: 8.4
C: 11.87

They are not oscilating at all.

The readings on the pins are:

Pin 1: 3.4
Pin 2: -0.31
Pin 3: 0.05
Pin 4: 0
Pin 5: 11.86
Pin 6: 0
Pin 7: 11.86
PIn 8: 9.56
Pin 9: 5.86

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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #271 on: November 11, 2010, 12:59:43 AM »
I changed the transistor to see if they were the problem. Voltages are the same except Base of Q2, it droped down to 4.27
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #272 on: November 11, 2010, 12:27:19 PM »
Sorry, my mistake, a toke those readings without the tube in the socket, with the tube, the readings are the same.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #273 on: November 18, 2010, 10:18:13 PM »
Third attempt. Failed.  :-\ Speed pot does nothing, Depth pot increases and enormous amount of Gain, an enormous amount! Voltages on Q1 and Q2 are in 0 I have soldering issues, I couldn't find strips vero, so I get tripad. I tried to solder everything making jumpers. Now I'll try to relocate components to build it with as few jumpers as possible. I think 4 are going to be enough. Let's do it!
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #274 on: November 21, 2010, 10:22:24 PM »
Finally, SUCCESS!! I got my Vibracaster working. I still have the problem with the Depht draining Gain, I'll try with te 220k resistor on the plate. I relocated the components as I said and it worked. I think that what I used is not exactly tripad, here in Mexico City they call it "trama" a column of 4 holes paths between long vertical path lines. Well, the point is it's working. I think is time to try again with GeorgeM2's design.
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kaalaraab

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #275 on: November 23, 2010, 06:24:25 PM »
Suddenly, my vibracaster started to make a real loud noise, hum and his, like if it has ground issues and bad power supply issues. I think the Depht pot is damaged, I'll change it. A quick question, I want my speed to be real fast, how can I do it, will a 100k log pot do the job? Or I'll need to change the resistor value? Currently it is 4.7k.
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Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #276 on: November 24, 2010, 02:19:01 PM »
To increase the speed, reduce the value of one of the 0.47uF caps, it doesn't really matter which one. Alternatively you could do what I did here: http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=74262.0 Use a switch to alter the 22k (in the Vibracaster). 10k gives faster speeds, 100k give slower. The oscillator is called a phase shift oscillator, and has an inherantly narrow range of speed, hence the switch. Other designs using phase shift oscillators use a dual ganged pot to get a wide range of speeds: http://geofex.com/FX_images/FakeFenderVib3.pdf
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Renegadrian

Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #277 on: December 19, 2010, 03:33:30 PM »
I'd like to build the next Vibra with two dpdt switches, one will be on/off with millenium 2 for the led, and the other to switch the tremolo on/off with a dedicated led.
How do I have to wire that second switch!? THX
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Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #278 on: December 19, 2010, 06:34:41 PM »
Adriano, I think the DPDT would select either the tremolo LFO or a resistor to ground. Or maybe just ground.
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Re: Vibracaster - or "How to turn your Valvecaster into a Tremolo"
« Reply #279 on: December 19, 2010, 06:47:36 PM »
I guess I have to put the switch just after the diode from the cathode...!?So if it's on it lets the connection to the depth pot.
Is that so?!
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