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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby warwick.hoy » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:38 pm

What are the differences between Poly,...Ceramic and Electrolytic caps. Are they interchangeable?

I notice different voltages of caps that are available. Differences in these?
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby eatyourguitar » Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:54 pm

pedals that run on 9v will never be in danger of burning up a 50v or 100v cap. I just buy whatever is cheap and in stock. I try to get the lower value since the cap would be smaller. poly and ceramic are interchangeable. electrolytic caps a polarized and should only be used where the schematic says that it needs a polarized cap. I have in some situations used electrolytic and non-polarized caps interchangeably but it really depends on the circuit and how the cap is used. usually you dont do it unless you know what you are doing and you know that it will work. doesn't hurt to try it on a breadboard though. if it works then your good.

poly vs ceramic... ceramic is usually cheaper and smaller but not always. poly sounds very slightly better in some circuits and in other circuits it has no change in sound. sometimes the harshness, noise and distortion of the ceramic caps is desirable so dont be so quick to hate on either one.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby warwick.hoy » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:04 pm

So if the Schem has -|(- on it as opposed to -||- I can assume that the former is calling for electrolytic?
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby eatyourguitar » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:07 pm

yes sir, curved line is the negative stripe on the cap
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby warwick.hoy » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:10 pm

You're awesome.

Seriously,....a school would expect me to take a loan out to get this information.

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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby warwick.hoy » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:44 am

So in the coming week I'm going to be putting a circuit I've got on my breadboard to perfboard and I was wondering,....what is the bare wire that folks are using on perfboard? Just the excess tails from components or should I pick a specific gauge of solid wire?
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby eatyourguitar » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:09 am

Its called bus wire. Mouser has it. Too bad they dont sell smaller rolls. Its like $20
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby McSpunckle » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:59 pm

I bought a roll from Smallbear like a year ago, and I still haven't run out.

http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=129

Thinking about buying the stuff in huge quantities and using more of it in my builds. No stripping. Looks awesome. Don't see why not.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby dadniayesa » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:51 pm

I am planning to buy some too for my DIY. Will it cost much?
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Re: DIY Info Collection.you can check the price. mouser, sma

Postby eatyourguitar » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:25 am

your gonna have to check for yourself. mouser or smallbear.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby Jero » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:24 am

I just use component leads with perf
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby maz91379 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:18 am

Anyone have a list of places to source parts in oz? Specifically where I can get a big bag of components and other stuffs i can do a few beginner projects with? Edit and basically where i can source everything i need that might be better than dick smith...
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby jfrey » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:58 am

Just found this tutorial on Instructables for building a fuzz pedal:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Fuzz-Pedal/

Haven't gone through it yet, but looks like it's written clearly with good pictures.
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby McSpunckle » Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:10 am

maz91379 wrote:Anyone have a list of places to source parts in oz? Specifically where I can get a big bag of components and other stuffs i can do a few beginner projects with? Edit and basically where i can source everything i need that might be better than dick smith...


I dunno about locally, but I'm sure places like Mouser ship worldwide. :idk:
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Re: DIY Info Collection.

Postby tuffteef » Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:43 am

maz91379 wrote:Anyone have a list of places to source parts in oz? Specifically where I can get a big bag of components and other stuffs i can do a few beginner projects with? Edit and basically where i can source everything i need that might be better than dick smith...



the only electronics store is jaycar and there shit sucks there caps are bogus
pretty much why i source all my stuff from overseas
dick smith are balls too i asked one guy in the store where the resistors were and he looked confused and said we prob dont have those... sorry
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