Its'a me, oh wait not that

Shoot.   Twittah.   Bacefook.   Audio   

21, from Shakespeareland UK, Music tech is my life.

Known for nerdiness.

So I had a bit of free time tonight, and decided i’d finally take a look inside a Leak 2200 poweramp that I picked up from an auction last year.

I started out by adding a new plug. Being the lovable, forgetful clutz that I am… I left my multimeter at Leicester, so I can’t really check for faults/shorts (DOH!). And airing on the paranoid end of caution I opened the box up to see if there were any nasty surprises of loose AC wires, I was right to do so: As it turns out, this amplifier is designed to power a stack, including an AM/FM Tuner and various disk/cassette decks (which I don’t possess), some careless miscreant had left a 200v AC line dangling out of the socket in the back!

I then proceeded to try and remove some of the accumulative dust that has gathered inside this piece of 70’s hi-fi wizardry. The circuit is completely discrete (no ICs), and from my first impressions, none of the capacitors look bloated or have leaked any nasty acids on the PCB. The design is very logically laid out and nicely labelled, meaning that sections can be checked off if they pass muster.

The unit powers up with an assuring ‘clunk’, it didn’t blow up either… so for that I am grateful! A couple of the bulbs are out, but I kind of expected that, plus I have some salvagable ones from the 2300 tuner that I bought it with. It was too late in the evening to pass any audio through, so I just loaded one of my trusty B&W DM110 bookshelf monitors and let it idle. Without proper testing equipment, or the schematic on hand to check, I can’t say that it is 100% working, but I am confident that it shouldn’t be overly difficult to repair.

I’ve seen these amps go for £100-200 on eBay and such, so restoring it and selling it on for a profit is feasible. However, I would love to bring this amp kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The inputs are a 5-pin design that I haven’t seen before, presumably it’s +/- L, +/- R and ground for each input which is actually kinda neat (one plug per input, compared to lots of terminal connections)

I would like to strip it back, and take away some of the excess baggage to economise the real-estate on any new panelling that I design for it, however.. it is very logically laid out and I am pretty fond of the retro appeal this box has (the little VU’s look killer). I think that I will probably end up replacing the majority of components with finer % tolerances, and probably replace the input and output sockets with terminal points so that it can be more easily used in the system i’m planning to build.

This will be an ongoing project, as I will have to do it in my spare time (if there is such a thing) and given that it’s not really a priority it probably wont get done any time soon. I will however, post updates when I do start to do things :) I hope this thing works out in the end! Any thoughts/comments/suggestions, please feel free to pipe up.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#music tech  #audio  #amp  #hifi  #vintage  #leak  #electronics  #70's 
Sleeping pattern has been beyond wrecked for two weeks now.After not being able to sleep, I looked up the art of violin making.I then decided that 5:30am, it would be the perfect time to score out 16 bars of a string arrangement, and a sneaky 12-bar part on the last stave (So that I don’t have to print out multiple sheets for the score).Stay away from music kids, it does weird stuff to you!

Sleeping pattern has been beyond wrecked for two weeks now.

After not being able to sleep, I looked up the art of violin making.

I then decided that 5:30am, it would be the perfect time to score out 16 bars of a string arrangement, and a sneaky 12-bar part on the last stave (So that I don’t have to print out multiple sheets for the score).

Stay away from music kids, it does weird stuff to you!


— 1 week ago
#Music  #Notation  #Strings  #String Quartet  #fuck ledger lines 
dirgeelectronics:

ROCKTAVE wiring insides. #dirgeelectronics #diy #gear #guitar #bass #paia #pedal #pedals #pedalboard #octave #noise

Beautiful :)

dirgeelectronics:

ROCKTAVE wiring insides. #dirgeelectronics #diy #gear #guitar #bass #paia #pedal #pedals #pedalboard #octave #noise

Beautiful :)

(Source: effectpedal)

— 4 weeks ago with 5 notes
justastudio:

nsputnik:

source

Why not visit justastudio if you like electronic music? 
www.justastudio.net

justastudio:

nsputnik:

source

Why not visit justastudio if you like electronic music? 

www.justastudio.net

— 4 weeks ago with 78 notes
pedalspedalspedals:

Here we see the mother Fuzz with her Fuzzlings

pedalspedalspedals:

Here we see the mother Fuzz with her Fuzzlings

(Source: lovefuzz, via effectpedal)

— 4 weeks ago with 173 notes
I am sure there are a gazillion witty things to say about this, but I can’t think of one :/
*Taken from the ‘Farming Banter’ Facebook page.

I am sure there are a gazillion witty things to say about this, but I can’t think of one :/

*Taken from the ‘Farming Banter’ Facebook page.

— 1 month ago with 1 note
GONNA START A NEW BAND…

Gonna be named Verb the Noun :)

— 1 month ago
#giggles 

sinkingincminor:

fororchestra:

I like it when people build their own instruments, and then blow me away with it.

love the sound of this

— 1 month ago with 4765 notes

miloco:

Miloco’s South East London writing studio, The Bridge, has welcomed a brand new addition to it’s spec list – a Rogers ‘Powertone’ Vintage Maple Kit 1969-1971 with a Champagne Sparkle Finish. Read more here.

— 1 month ago with 1 note
fuckyeahstudioporn:

Mike Pulgarin’s Studio at GmpRecords.

I think i’ve reblogged this before.. but it’s damn impressive!

fuckyeahstudioporn:

Mike Pulgarin’s Studio at GmpRecords.

I think i’ve reblogged this before.. but it’s damn impressive!

(via thegreennation)

— 1 month ago with 112 notes