Monthly Archives: February 2012

Which? Diecast Box

So I was trawling through the enclosures section of a few of my favourite suppliers and decided to buy a few different diecast boxes. It seems that the Hammond 1590B is the standard for a small diecast stompbox.  Fine, no problem, you can even get a pre-painted version.  But the 1590B isn’t the cheapest of… Read More »

How to tin a PCB without using expensive tinning solution

I learned this technique a good few years ago from an old boy who was a prototype wireman for a large electronics company.  I’ve never seen it mentioned on the Internet so I thought I would write it up as a how-to. You will need the following: Your circuit board – after etching and before… Read More »

Clean Squeeze – Hollis Flatline Opto Compressor

One of the first stomp boxes I made (and arguably my favourite so far) is the Hollis Flatline Opto Compressor. We amended John’s original schematic amended to show the topology a little more clearly: The first stage of the TL072 dual op-amp is configured as a non-inverting amplifier. Now,  excluding the effect of the light… Read More »


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