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Postby Alcoholocaust » Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:07 am

I got a bouncy chair that had just been reupholstered with a nice fabric for like 7 bux. I'll take a picture of it. Its nice, but all my laundry and halloween junk is on it because I am lazy.
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Postby wad » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:21 am

So... I've been pretty bad with the organs again. NO! Not *that* organ... I mean the old electric piano type organ.

I suckered my mom into buying me a seriously old Wirlitzer for my birthday from a thrift store. Finally! She got me what I wanted. The SOB took several hours to dismantle and gut it for the good electronics.

This week was something like organ number 10... a Lowery organ (I usually steer clear from Lowerys) that had some killer speakers in it. It's all solid-state, but there are TONS of components in it and nothing short of several miles worth of wire.

I'll be able to make a crap-load of guitar pedals and junk with some of this stuff. Maybe a theramin?

Beyond that... um... not much lately. I guess I did buy my daughter a good mountain bike for $15 at the Goodwill. The tires were new and would have cost me that much a piece. Really, I've been trying to tone down the thrift store scavenging lately to keep my wife from thinking that I'm turning into my mother. Heaven help me if that happened!!!
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Postby pushtoreject » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:35 pm

I scored a Battlezone mini arcade game for 35 bucks. :D
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Postby Mr.Alex » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:51 am

I love you
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Postby mags » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:34 pm

... As do I.
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Postby pushtoreject » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:46 am

*blush* oh my!

You might think you love me until you see the extent of my neurosis. That one game led to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_VkGqeJAYg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0EQykRBsYQ
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Postby mags » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:31 pm

... Now That is Awesome !!!
How much do you estimate its cost you so far ? ( I had to watch with out sound as my speakers are down )
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Postby Mr.Alex » Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:42 pm

Wad....how do you maek all that stuff into pedals??
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Postby pushtoreject » Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:18 am

Mags - cost is minimal, nothing in the long haul. I'll cherry pick a broken machine for 50 -100 bucks, generally 20 bucks or so will fix it and depending on the title and condition (and buyer) I usually can get enough money (or trade) from it to pay off the original investment and scrounge 2 or 3 more and start all over again. Even when I get a crapper I can sell the parts and get my money back. The real cost is time and space. And electricity (great explanation for sporadic spikes in the electric bill for those who are concerned about them.) This hobby commonly costs wives too, but is that to be chalked up a loss? I could fit 2 more just where she keeps her clothes...
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Postby wad » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:44 pm

Mr.Alex wrote:Wad....how do you maek all that stuff into pedals??


If it is solid state, sometimes it can be tricky to figure out the part numbers and their equivalent component values for building pedals with. I've found some good resources searching online for all that.

Most of the work has be done for us on various DIY effects websites. Sites and boards with guys who love to make it easy on the rest of us who don't have a degree in electronics.

www.generalguitargadgets.com

Actually, I'm not going to list any more, because all you need to do is go the the "links" tab on the General Guitar Gadgets and you get all the good sites I go to for projects. Many even sell project kits... so you don't have to scrounge for parts out of organs. I'm just a little sick that way...
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Postby Mr.Alex » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:28 pm

Ah I love informative stuff! Thanks! :D

also, who doesnt?
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Postby mags » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:56 pm

This is strange, I went round all my local Charity shops/Thrift stores, today .... and found ... nothing ! that has never happended before, usually theres some crap I think is wonderful and rehome for a pitance... but today, nothing!!! curse this economic down turn , people are hordeing there crap, thats not fair, I live and breath for the possibility of owning other peoples crap. Damn.I may have to resort to Ebay tonight.
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Postby Mr.Alex » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:08 pm

NOO not ebay Mags!!
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Postby mags » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:35 pm

[quote="Mr.Alex"]NOO not ebay Mags!![/quote]
My last purchase on Ebay was a jacket from a woman in las vegas that used to be ( note the used to be!" a casino worker, um what ever "Casino worker" means ( it isn't code for prostitute because no man alive would ever look at a woman in that jacket and think "Love for sale?" )
anyway, for some reason that I will never understand Ebay fever got me that long dark night and by the early hours i was a bidding with the passion of the Almighty if the devil himself was offering up his soul on a one day auction, and all this for the UGLYIEST item of clothing ever known to humanity.
Since then I've aproached Ebay with much caution, and often wondered if theres a branch of Ebay Anon, if there is it's about the only place that jacket would get any respect.
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Postby Mr.Alex » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:58 pm

Oh mags. Be safe.
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