The New Champ, a Hot Apple, a Tabula Rasa, a Hat Head, a Solder Bath, and a Patchwork Test Kit

Thanks, John & Family for bringing this, the “new champ,” to Yankee Swap. It’s shown next to its predecessor (left). This Apple router works, but it gets hot. Time to take it apart and find out why. If I can’t fix it, I can at…

Reverb, Tremolo, and Knobs: Is it worth whatever disease I’ll probably get?

I recently acquired this amp head. When I got it home, I decided to not bring it indoors – and boy am I glad. When I opened it up, the mouse who had been living inside jumped out and ran away. Incidentally, I hear he…

Variable Band Pass Filter Idea, using Salvaged Air Dielectric Capacitors?

Testing capacitors today… Below I explain why. I have procrastinated serious filter experiments for too long. Today, after a quick review of some basic concepts, I began to speculate about a variable filter module. Defining the outer edges of a Band Pass filter makes enough…

Electronics: 2019 in Review

For a little over a year, I’ve been going pretty steadily at electronic devices: trying to understand them, create them, and deconstruct them. I now know so much more than when I started, though I have exponentially more yet to comprehend. Here’s a selective review…

Music: 2019 in Review

As I look back on the year with a focus on music-making, I’m proud of these accomplishments and very excited to be writing new songs. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to. Jamendo On Jamendo, I am proud to see that I…

Re-Purposed Karaoke Amp

If you like experimenting with electronics, you might want to start going to thrift stores with an eye on things you can take apart and re-purpose. A while back, I picked up a Karaoke machine for $2.99 and transformed it into the amplifier (plus echo…