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Projects undertaken by TMF Members during the Coronavirus Lockdown
David S makes a “Pedal Board” to mount his new guitar pedal(s) (Part 2)
A treatment with furniture wax to give it a subtle matt finish and all was ready for the pedals. The output to the amp is on the left side of the pedals so that is where I fitted the looper. The two pedals were connected by a short cable with ¼ inch jack plugs at each end. The power was connected and all was ready.
Oh Horror! There is a blank strip of Velcro on the right hand side! Can’t have that, I will have to buy another pedal to fill the gap. I think a Sustain/Compress will fit the bill. Good old Amazon will deliver it to me as soon as they can and all will be well ;-)
On first using the new pedals for my guitars I found that I was knee deep in wires so some solution had to be found. Ah, a pedal board could be made to keep everything neat and tidy! First thing was to draw out a plan and then make a cardboard model to see if it would fit the requirements. Pedal sized cardboard shapes ensured everything fits.
The cardboard mock-up was fine so into the shed and find some wood which was cut up into the various components.
Everything was glued and clamped up to make the “bottom-less” box with a sloping top and sides.
Once set it was time for the electrics. I drilled a hole near the base at the back and threaded in some cable.
The cable was connected up to a switched socket in a surface mount pattress box.
The transformer was plugged into the socket. Holes were drilled to exit the low voltage (9v) supply, for the pedals, through the top of the pedal board. The excess wire was cable-tied and pinned to the internal sides.
Velcro was stuck to the top as in the photo to the left, along with a little “Donner” sticker which came with the Looper Pedal.
Everything was tested and then I screwed a base onto the pedal board to keep all the mains and transformer bits safe.
Trevor publishes a book of his poetry during the lockdown
Trevor Harvey has been using some of his time, during the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, to collate and publish a book of his poetry. The front cover of the book can be seen to the left.
Once the books arrived back at his home, Trevor sent some to his many friends in Australasia. Two of the books created some sort of record, with one taking 7 weeks to get from Eccleshall to Melbourne and another taking 6 weeks to get to Hobart. 15 copies have been sent to Eccleshall Poetry Group and 53 copies are now known to be “floating about” in Scotland.
The poems in the book are grouped together under topics. These are:-
Poetry is not Trevor’s only artistic skill. How many of us knew that he was responsible for the design of the Eccleshall Town Shield?
Below is a scan of one of the poems from Trevor’s “More Personal” section.
David S buys a new “toy” (Part 1)
After much research on the Internet I finally decided upon a new piece of equipment for my guitar. It is a “looper” ( Donner Circle Looper) which as the name suggests records some music played on the guitar and then keeps looping it round and round. So you can put down the rhythm guitar part and then over dub it with the lead guitar. Then add a bass line on the lower strings of the guitar. This particular model also has a drum machine built in with 100 drum patterns from which to choose.
So the order went off to Amazon and next day the smiling brown parcel arrived and it was rapidly unpacked.
In the box was the looper, a couple of stickers, the instructions and warranty and a USB cable. There was not a power supply included but I knew this already and had found one of the correct voltage and polarity in my box of surplus power supplies. Why do we gather so many over the years?
The next stage was to connect everything up. The guitar plugged into one side and on the other side a lead went from the looper to the amplifier.
The first tentative attempts were of varied quality. There are buttons on the looper which you press, with your foot, to stop and start the recordings and play back. It took a while to sort out how to get the drums to play as I recorded and I have to admit I had to read the manual (an action not carried out by the majority of males when they get a new object!)
There are two controls above the foot switches which enable you to control almost every feature of the little machine.
I was soon laying down tracks and was then accompanying myself in true Ed Sheeran manner. (I wish)
I had great trouble getting the looper to communicate with my laptop in order to save the tracks (You can save 40 tracks, of up to 4 minutes each, on the machine but I have now found out from experience how easy it is to delete one by mistake - so belt and braces, save to the computer as well). Eventually I found that the USB lead was not up to the job and after trying three or four others, which all failed, I sent off for a higher quality one and “bingo” everything worked as it should.
So now I was hooked and before long I was researching Multi FX (multiple effects) pedals. I settled on a Black Friday deal for the one on the right of the photo to the left. It is a Behringer FX600 which has 6 different effects on the sound before it arrives at the amplifier. So now to play with it!
The wires/cables look a right old tangled mess so my next task is to make a pedal board to hold the two pedals with the cables all hidden below. Next chapter to follow………………………
Pedal board finally finished! (Part 3)
I have now “filled” the blank space on the board. It is a “Compressor/Sustain” pedal which does some magical things like making sure all the notes are at the same volume and also hold the notes on for longer periods.
You will also notice a handle on the side for transporting the pedal board and I have made two little
L-shaped bits of wood to hold the cable when transporting it.
I am really impressed with what can be achieved using this equipment. Even a player as limited as I can now get some good sounds from the guitars.
The next thing to do is to create a video to show how it is used. That will be fun and a two minute video could end up taking me several days, we will see.
If it is reasonable I will post a link to take you to it.
The British Library now has a copy of Trevor’s book which will ensure his immortality in the world of poetry.
Trevor has a few copies of his book still available should any member wish to purchase one.
Contact Trevor to secure your copy for Christmas!