horvitz

[BUILD] TB550A
« on: December 26, 2011, 12:28:47 PM »
This will be the TB550A build and support thread.

WM for ordering:
http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=47094.0

Old thread discussing the prototype:
http://www.groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=45190.0
« Last Edit: January 03, 2012, 05:29:07 PM by horvitz »


rickc

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 05:06:00 PM »
I think a link to the other pages would be useful here...

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 05:26:59 PM »
No doubt a good call, Rick.  I see your order, btw.  Will go out tomorrow.  Thanks!!

rickc

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 05:47:43 PM »
I worked in a studio in the 70s that had two API 3216 consoles (purchased new). 550As everywhere. Always liked this EQ. I've studied the circuit, and studied it, with an eye towards a DIY project, but the switches were always the stumbling block.  I'm glad you figured it out. Of course I wish I had bought 550As back when they were new, I seem to recall that they were $350/per then, but at that time in my life, $350 was more than my rent... <sigh> btw, those consoles were 2 for 98k.

I know how expensive grayhill switches are, so the price, while not made-in-china cheap, is reasonable.  Seeing the kit will answer the rest of my questions.

--rick

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 03:47:17 PM »
Well, gents?  Very very quiet out there.  I take that as good.  How those builds coming along?

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 04:14:39 PM »
I think good so far!

I just had to wait on some OTs from Jeff. Got them last week but just got swamped at work!  :(

Hopefully this weekend...

But it really is a smooth build, Brian!  ;)
"Kind of like going into Safeway at 4 in the morning and chugging a beer in the produce section; been there, done that." - CJ

"We're not making an atomic bomb, just cooking a few electrons." - PRR

rickc

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 04:28:40 PM »
busy with work. no time. 2 projects in the queue ahead of 550a.

--rick

pidah

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 04:44:28 PM »
I really want to start building,but...
 :( waiting on mr and mrs Customs, since jan 6th. Ze basteds...

 :) Lo and behold,they arrived!!!
« Last Edit: January 14, 2012, 06:14:54 AM by pidah »
--Strength through bewilderment--

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012, 07:38:07 AM »
Ha!  So I've been preaching care and patience in building this kit and I turn out to be the impatient one :)  Carry on.

Pieter, good news!  Crazy it took so long.

pidah

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 07:19:31 PM »
yeah,damn they know how to take their time...

Very pretty frontplates btw, a few "real" bigtime manufacturers could learn a thing or two....
thanx!
--Strength through bewilderment--


Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2012, 01:35:19 AM »
Well, gents?  Very very quiet out there.  I take that as good.  How those builds coming along?

Just starting on the filter boards............So far, very smooth build. Excellent guide!

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2012, 08:22:38 PM »
Hi,

One OT installed, one to go:



Absolutely no problems! Smooth like buttah. :D Just racked it up, not sure how it compares to a real API 550a but to these ears it sounds great!!

Thanks Brian! ;D

Now, to track down some issues on my MixBuzz 500...  :o
« Last Edit: January 15, 2012, 08:40:17 PM by fazeka »
"Kind of like going into Safeway at 4 in the morning and chugging a beer in the produce section; been there, done that." - CJ

"We're not making an atomic bomb, just cooking a few electrons." - PRR

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2012, 06:45:45 AM »
Nice work, sir!!  You must have done a good job because buttah is exactly what we were going for  ;D

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 05:05:42 AM »
TA DA!!!!!!


This pair just made sweet love to a kick and snare.  :)

One problem:
One of them doesn't light up RED when in bypass. It still bypasses, and the GREEN works when it's in, just no RED.
I pulled it out and had a quick look, they both look the same. I'm not sure what the problem could be unless it's a bad LED.

Otherwise...............
BAD ASS [email protected]%$#^F#$%#^

Thanks so much for this Brian, such an awesome project. This was the most complicated project I've ever put together, but ironically one of the most easy as well, due to the guide and kit itself.
VERY NICELY DONE!!!

cheers
Eric

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 08:09:19 AM »
I just love seeing these done :)  Awesome!  Glad it went together well.

Regarding your LED, you're probably right.  Given the bypass working it could only really be a bad solder joint or a busted LED.  Would you like me to send you another?  Or if you're going to be ordering anything from Mouser anytime soon, I could provide the part number.  Totally up to you.

  Brian

Biasrocks

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2012, 05:53:24 PM »
Just finished this one up. Build went smooth, had a solder bridge on one of the followers. Fixed that and
she fired right up.

Just used it on a lead vox to replace a waves 550a plugin, shall we say there's no comparison. Mojo for days.

Here she is sharing good company.

http://sharktankpro.com/GDIY/550A/TB550A-Done.jpg

Thanks for a great project Brian!

Regards,
Mark
« Last Edit: March 29, 2012, 06:05:20 PM by Biasrocks »
http://SharktankPro.com

"I'd rather use an SPX90 than a UA plugin....." Joe Barresi

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2012, 07:19:26 AM »
Very nice!! Glad you like it. 

Looks like your LED is backwards.  Although, now that I see it next to the other gear in your rack I kind of like it that way.  It matches the 560s.

Biasrocks

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2012, 11:04:07 AM »
I'm with you Brian.

I actually had initially stuffed the LED upside down, when I turned it around so it would fit into the front panel, it was reversed. I like to call these events 'happy accidents'.

Regards,
Mark
http://SharktankPro.com

"I'd rather use an SPX90 than a UA plugin....." Joe Barresi

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2012, 11:08:47 PM »
It seems I'm short two 0.01uF WIMA caps.
I could substitute c208 & c211 (good location) with 0.01uF 100v Polyester Films I have laying around...? Would that cause any negative consequence?
« Last Edit: April 03, 2012, 03:01:47 AM by rhythminmind »
"Any experiment of interest in life will be carried out at your own expense."

horvitz

Re: [BUILD] TB550A
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2012, 06:04:22 AM »
It seems I'm short two 0.01uF WIMA caps.
I could substitute c208 & c211 (good location) with 0.01uF 100v Polyester Films I have laying around...? Would that cause any negative consequence?

Got your email regarding this.  Responding there.


 

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