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  Projects - Things To Build!
  Many of these designs are "breadboard-to-box." That's to say that you can start in How-Tos, set up a circuit inexpensively and tweak it if you want to, then re-use most of the parts in a soldered build. In most cases, the build-it articles in here enable a variety of construction methods, from full kit/paint-by-number to build-from-scratch on perfboard. Ask us if you have questions about what is appropriate for your skill level.
   
 

  The Small Wart 125 - Everybody needs a clean, stable, very rugged 9-volt power supply. The Small Wart 125 is all of that, and it's economical to build as well. Also, unlike cheap wall-warts, it has an on-off switch and a detachable power cord. A full kit is available. Difficulty level is CAREFUL advanced-beginner.
 

  The Small Wart 200 - Based on a "Made For Small Bear" flat-pack transformer. Plenty of clean power for a board full of pedals from a 110-volt input. Features output voltage adjustable from outside the case, and built-in short-circuit protection. A full kit is available.  Difficulty level is intermediate to advanced.
    The Bear Face - A Germanium Fuzz Face-clone distortion with a growly attitude! Has the things you always wanted in the original: a tone stack for piercing leads, a built-in overdrive to make it LOUD, true-bypass switching and external power input. Can be built many different ways, and all the parts are available from the Stock List. Difficulty level is "advanced beginner" to intermediate.
 

  The Fur Face - An easier-to-build Fuzz Face-clone! If you breadboarded the silicon Fuzz Face in How-Tos, this project takes off from there and walks you through building a working pedal on perfboard. The difficulty level of the perfboard build is "advanced beginner". A full kit for beginner level, including a ready-to-solder board and precision-drilled case, is available.
 

  The Oh My Darling Rangemaster - A versatile, great-sounding RM that can be built a variety of ways and with inexpensive parts. The modular mechanical design uses my Bare Box #1 platform. The difficulty level of the perfboard build is "advanced beginner". A full kit for beginner level, including a ready-to-solder board and powder-coated case, is available.
 

  The Ursa Minor Latin: "Smaller Bear" is a one-transistor boost/distortion like the Electra, but much better-sounding. It is a super build for beginners, because you can set it up on a breadboard to build confidence and then re-use most of the parts to build a professionally-useful pedal in the Bare Box #1.
      The Bare-Ass Boost - Two stages of JFET boost, married by a DS-1 Tone Stack. A configurable utility for studio or pedalboard in a Bare Box #1. Under Development.
    The Tremulous Bear - My own very flexible tremolo, with an unusual LFO circuit and true-bypass switching. Does both the usual heart-throbs and an almost infinite variety of weird modulations. A full kit, including a PC board, is available. See Kits and Designs in the Stock List. Difficulty level is "advanced-beginner" to intermediate.
 

  The Wild Mouse - One of my earliest designs, now re-worked with an improved circuit, and better mechanical design owing to all of the OEM parts. If you sometimes play through your wah-wah with the pedal frozen in mid-travel, the WM does those funky mid-range and treble boosts, but with less fiddling and more flexibility. Very versatile, and inexpensive as well. Difficulty level of the perfboard version is "advanced-beginner" to intermediate. A full kit for beginner level, including a drilled and painted case and PC board, is available. See Kits and Designs in the Stock List.
 

  The Tweak-O - Joe Davisson's boost with adjustable clipping is a great beginner project. This "build-by-number" version, with lots of how-to pictures, walks a complete beginner through constructing a gig-worthy pedal. A complete kit is available. Difficulty level is beginner.
      The I-See Wah-Wah - I called it that because, in working it out, I finally understood some things that R. G. Keen explained in his "Technology of" article on Wah pedals. This is a Crybaby-type Wah, implemented with a dual op-amp. Can be built many different ways, and all the parts are available from the Stock List. Difficulty level is "advanced-beginner" to intermediate.
 

  The Bear Boost Plus - The "Plus" in this germanium boost is adjustable soft clipping--you can make it subtle like a Rangemaster or slash-to-burn-down-the-cave! Interesting mechanical design using PC board-mounted 9mm pots and power jack. All of the parts are available from the Stock List. Difficulty level of this version is "advanced-beginner" to intermediate. A full kit for beginner level, including a ready-to-solder PC board and precision-drilled case, is available. See Kits and Designs in the Stock List.
 

  The Fuzz E-One For builders who have some experience working with perfboard, a "Build-It-This-Way" guide to making this modern NPN clone of the FZ-1/FZ-1A, the "Satisfaction" fuzz. Tested 3-transistor sets are available.  Difficulty level of this version is "advanced-beginner" to intermediate. A full kit for beginner level, including a ready-to-solder PC board and precision-drilled case, is available. See Kits and Designs in the Stock List.
       
     

 

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