briggs wrote:I agree with some of his statements, small companies rely on the "mystique" that surrounds their designs.
culturejam wrote:I read about half of it (first quarter and last quarter).
rocklander wrote:hairsplitting and semantics aren't exactly the same thing though.. we may need two contests for that.
culturejam wrote:briggs wrote:I agree with some of his statements, small companies rely on the "mystique" that surrounds their designs.
Yes, this was the main thing I thought was very forthcoming. It's all about the perception of mojo/mystique.
mmolteratx wrote:absolutely zero commercial use allowed. If I find anyone selling these, I'll fly to your house and kick you in the nads. And you may or may not find yourself in trouble.
DougH wrote:Did anyone actually read that whole thing? Not I... I've got a life.
culturejam wrote:Several posts back in that thread, Donner mentioned that the goop and wacky wiring was done early on to prevent competitors from discovering the circuits by merely looking at the back side of the PCB. I can sort of see that, but on the other hand, only the laziest, least-motivated competitors would be stopped by goop and handmade boards and intentionally confusing leads. Removing the goop isn't that difficult, and an audible continuity tester will sort out the wires and other connections.
Seiche wrote:to be fair, many pedals on here are reversed initially from photographs.
culturejam wrote:All of the above is NOT to say that I think Bjorn is trying to mislead anyone with his explanations of the goop, funky wiring, jaunty caps, etc. I have to take him at his word that he did those things because he believed it would prevent, even if only for a while, circuit tracing by competitors.
Dirk_Hendrik wrote:Good techs are hard to find.
GuitarlCarl wrote:^^^ yep if the board ain't smoked its likely the switch or loose faulty wiring, both found with a continuity meter, electronics don't just go bad for no reason either, something has to be done to them, wrong power supply comes to mind ... Goop on the other hand makes repairs a real PITA. I've only seen two goop jobs here in the sticks so I gave them back and said: "Sorry call the builder and tell him his product broke." never heard any more from them... and since repairs are just a side thing for me and I'd rather work on guitars, it's no big deal.
Dirk_Hendrik wrote:Although I do not agree with all Bjorns statements, especially since what we have seen of his workmanship standards is rather poor, There are some comments which I fully agree with. If a (part of) the circuit is gooped some (many) techs (what makes a tech a tech?) will indeed immedidiately focus on that part of the circuit for finding the fault. Measurements not required. This is a very similar approach which is seen in for instance BBD based effects. The question "my pedal fails" is immediately followed by "is it the chip?". When one asks for measurements none have been done. This is also the approach where, again without any supporting measurements, either the chip with the most legs is the suspect. A good tech will understand the system he's working on and therefore make a founded conclusion on the failure. Good techs are hard to find.
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