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  • in reply to: Audio Jack and Volume Problems #10603
    brach
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    This type of problem is usually caused by a bad connection somewhere in the analog audio side of of the circuit. Start by checking the solder joints on J1. I suggest that you re-flow all of them to make sure they are all good. If that doesn’t work then check (and even re-flow) all you solder joints on the following components:
    R14, R15, R16, C8, C10, R19, U3, C9, C3, C4, VR9, R22, C13, C11
    Also, make sure there are no solder bridges across any leads.
    Good luck.
    -Brach

    in reply to: Trouble with build #10602
    brach
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    Ahh! That was it! I’m really glad to hear that fixed it…of course there was nothing else that it could have been at this point because we checked and re-checked everything else. My guess is that it must have been damaged through static electricity.
    Enjoy your Quaverato. I hope it gives you years of great tone!
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10557
    brach
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    Cool! I hope it serves you well.
    Good luck and stay safe.
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10547
    brach
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    Good! I’m glad it’s up and working now.
    Yes, you will need to re-calibrate the high and low trim pots. The given values for those were just starting points. Now you need to tweak them to the tone you like.
    Good luck.
    -Brach

    in reply to: Voltages off in Percolator… #10545
    brach
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    I’m glad to hear that!
    The amp and cabinet look great! Good work! Thanks for the pictures.
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10544
    brach
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    That’s great!
    In reviewing the previous picture I sent you, I realized I got the jumpers backwards…TP4 should go to R5 and TP2 should go to R4. Sorry! That may be causing your harmonic mix knob problem.
    If that doesn’t fix the harmonic mix knob issue then it’s probably because JP3 is damaged and signal isn’t getting through. You can run a small jumper across the blue pads in the previous picture (maybe try this on the solder side of the board if the top side is too cluttered with components). That will bypass JP3.
    Good luck!
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10520
    brach
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    This probably means that the solder jumpers on both the high and low sides are not making connection. Use some small gauge wire and run some jumpers as in the picture…
    zeppelin design labs quaverato jumper pads

    This bypasses JP2 and JP4. But you also need to make sure that JP3 and JP1 are soldered correctly. You can see if JP1 and JP3 are connected properly if both the green pads are connected and both the blue pads are connected…use your continuity tester.
    If they are not connected, to fix them you can get a tiny bare wire (like a short component lead) and solder that to the 2 pads of the solder jumper…if that helps to get the connection made.
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10516
    brach
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    Do you get any sound when you touch pin 1 of the relay with your metal tweezers? What about R4 and R5?

    in reply to: Synth not working (Troubleshooting Help) #10514
    brach
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    I wouldn’t start replacing components yet. You might want to wait until you re-flash it. I’m pretty sure your LM386 was good because it made noise when you shorted some pins together. The 6N138 definitely won’t be causing the problem.
    I just talked to Glen and he thought he sent Koma a usbtiny for this very purpose…but maybe he was mistaken. We’ll send them one…so you can use it there. You can order your own, but you probably don’t need to. We’ll try to get it in the mail tomorrow.
    Unfortunately, at this time our ZDL Updater software is for PC only. Sorry.
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10511
    brach
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    Ok, thanks for the clarification.
    Please don’t bridge C1 with the volume pot…it’s not helpful because as you can see from the schematic they are on opposite sides of the circuit.
    If the effect circuit is bypassed (the red led by the bypass footswitch is off) the volume pot should not be controlling the signal at all. The volume pot should only be controlling the signal when the red led is on. Is this happening with your pedal?
    Is nothing happening when you touch TP3 or 1, even when the effect is engaged and the depth knob is fully counter-clockwise?…you shouldn’t hear anything when the effect is bypassed. What about when you touch TP 4 and 2?…theoretically, you should hear something with TP4 and 2. Try touching the test points with something metal…I used a pair of tweezers to touch the test points on the Quaverato on my desk and it made noise on each of them (TP1-4)…but only when the effect was engaged.
    VR10 is after the LDR’s so you should hear something from that when the effect is engaged.
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10506
    brach
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    What do you mean the relay does not switch off?…Is is stuck in one position or the other? What did you mean when you said you get a “full bypass tone and the effect stays on”? Does the signal run through the effect circuitry or is it bypassed through the pedal? I’m confused.
    So for good measure let’s double check to make sure the relay is working…
    When the effect is on, as in when the red led by the bypass footswtich is on and you expect to hear the tremolo sound through the pedal, pins 1 and 3 of the relay should be connected and pins 4 and should be connected. Test this with your continuity tester.
    When the effect is off and the signal is just bypassed through your pedal pins 3 and 2 should be connected and pins 6 and 5 should be connected. Please test these and let me know what you find.
    zeppelin design labs quaverato relay pcb

    If the relay isn’t working properly….
    Try to re-seat your microcontroller in it’s socket. We need to make sure the pins that control the relay are making good connection. Be careful when you pull it out not to bend any leads.

    If the relay appears to be working properly then…
    With the pcb out of the chassis, make sure each of the pots are bent slightly upward away from the board to ensure none of other component’s leads are touching the back of the pots.
    With the depth knob set fully counter clockwise, what happens when you touch TP3 and/or TP1? Do you hear any noise? TP3 and 1 are directly before the LDRs.
    Please be specific about which trim pot were you touching…VR8, 9, or 10?

    Let me know what you find.
    -Brach

    in reply to: Voltages off in Percolator… #10502
    brach
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    That’s great that it’s working now!
    Are you saying that TP3 has 12v on it? If so, it appears the LED has been damaged…probably by the spark. It needs to be replaced. You might also want to check TP2. Also check to see if there is any AC voltage on TP2. It’s good to make sure other components weren’t damaged as well.
    Here’s a method that makes it easier to replace the LED with out removing the board… Clip the old LED off at the board and mount the new LED in the chassis socket and run jumper wires down to the pads on the board. To do this, cut the new LED’s leads fairly short and bend little hooks in them. Bend hooks in the jumper wires too. Hook the two hooks together (the LED lead hook and the wire hook) and bend them together with your pliers and then solder over the connection. You can use some hot glue or something to affix the LED to the chassis if it needs it.
    Let me know if you have any questions.
    Good luck.
    -Brach

    in reply to: Voltages off in Percolator… #10433
    brach
    Moderator

    If you can’t figure out where the current in the spark went to then double and triple check under the board and all around for any stray wires or tiny solder balls or anything that could cause something like that. That’s probably not something you want happening very often. As I understand it, the amp was on for a while before the fuse blew. Is this correct?
    It sounds like your problem is the tube socket pins are too loose. If it was making contact you should be getting at least some voltages on the cathodes of those tube sections (TP5 and 7).
    Keep me posted.
    Good luck!
    -Brach
    PS make sure you clean the black burnt area on the board and IEC jack…it’s conductive and cause arcing in the future. Rubbing alcohol on a q-tip works pretty well for this.

    in reply to: Voltages off in Percolator… #10423
    brach
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    My response:
    Thanks for the photos. It’s always helpful to get a visual of what we’re talking about.
    R1 and R7 are basically in parallel with each other so they should measure around 750 ohms each. And that’s fine if R4 is a few ohms off, it’s still within a it’s 5% tolerance.
    You said it sparked at the ground terminal, but can you tell where it sparked to? There was/is some short of short against the ground terminal there….was a strand of wire touching it somehow? It’s important to know why that happened so you can ensure it won’t happen again. Please replace the fuse with a 1 amp / 250V fast blow fuse….nothing bigger!
    The voltages you shared from your test points indicate that the tube isn’t installed…is it? If it is, then please tighten
    all the tube sockets to ensure all the pins are making good contact.
    Keep me posted on your progress.
    -Brach

    in reply to: No Effect #10418
    brach
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    Hearing static is a good thing. It means that the output circuitry is working. Actually the pedal was working at one time so you should be able to get it working again…this is why i think something is shorted or opened (as in a solder joint that isn’t making good connection.)
    Let’s start at the beginning of the signal path…Can you hear any noise when you touch the relay lead closest to the edge of the board, on the side of the relay closest to the power led?…this is attached to the input of the effect circuit (make sure the volume pot turned up when you do this). You may even want to touch your guitar cable to this relay lead so you can inject some sort of signal into it (you’ll have to find another cable to plug into the input jack so the pedal will turn on).
    You can go through the circuit this way, following the signal path in the schematic, touching various leads in the circuit that are next in the signal path. One bottleneck to look for is the LDRs. Are you hearing noise when you touch a point before the LDRs in the circuit…or just after?
    Let me know what you find.
    -Brach

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