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Everybody make a Ruby Amp!

Post by inverseroom » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:51 pm

It's a nine-volt, 386-based amplifier that actually kind of cranks. It has a gain pot and a volume pot and can be used as a headphone amp...and the parts, all together, only cost like ten dollars. You might well have them in your workshop.

http://runoffgroove.com/ruby.html

Mine's in a homemade pine cab, covered with crushed velvet. The speaker is a 6" Jensen MOD ($15) though I have made one with a 1" Kobetone speaker (built into a Hammond stompbox case!) from Mouser and it almost sounds kind of OK! The sound is akin to a Tube Screamer with a speaker stuck on it. There's also a mod that is supposed to make it sound like a Bassman. It doesn't, but it's got some of that tubey "sag" and really reacts strongly to picking strength.

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Post by SaneMan » Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:39 pm

Wow, thats awesome! I'm gonna try one, it'll probably take me awhile, but I'm gonna start gathering parts this weekend. Have you tried any of the other models on the site? I really want to get into this kind of thing.

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Post by bantam » Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:26 pm

what did you use to ground it? pot casing?

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Re: Everybody make a Ruby Amp!

Post by wenzel.hellgren » Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:57 pm

inverseroom wrote:It's a nine-volt, 386-based amplifier that actually kind of cranks.
Can you make a Pentium based one?

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Re: Everybody make a Ruby Amp!

Post by inverseroom » Fri Nov 04, 2005 4:09 pm

wenzel.hellgren wrote:
inverseroom wrote:It's a nine-volt, 386-based amplifier that actually kind of cranks.
Can you make a Pentium based one?
Whaaa, you mean digital?!!? Digital sucks, man.

I just grounded everything to the board ground...input, volume pot lug 1, 9v-, and there's no significant noise. The first time I did it I forgot to send lug 1 of volume to ground, and it was really noisy and the volume didn't work. That's not marked on the layout diagram, they just figure you know. :?

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Stereo Ruby

Post by Randy » Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:33 pm

That's one fine looking amp!

I made a stereo one to power two separate cabinets. It's pretty loud. (sorta ugly, though.)

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Post by RefD » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:26 am

i'm considering making a pair to feed with a chain of effects pedals that splits the sound with delay or flanger or phase shifter... i sometimes like making washy/spacey noise for a bed track.
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Post by Randy » Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:23 am

That's how I use it- with a Boss GT-3 pedal that has stereo output. It can do some nice atmospherics.

It also works great on theremin. One channel of that amp into a 15 in speaker can make the house shake, and it's only 1/2 watt!
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Post by inverseroom » Sun Nov 06, 2005 2:21 pm

Earlier this week I used my teeny tiny Ruby for reamping... :lol:

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Post by Randy » Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:26 pm

That's great! it looks like it addressing the UN or something.
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Post by RefD » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:05 pm

IR, where'd you get those cool triangular knobs from?
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Post by inverseroom » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:59 pm

RefD wrote:IR, where'd you get those cool triangular knobs from?
Yeah, aren't those cool? They're Mouser, part number 5164-2310.

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Post by honkyjonk » Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:23 pm

And,

What kind of mic is that? As far as looks go, makes me want to watch the Dirty Dozen or something, I don't know.

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Post by RefD » Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:26 pm

where did you get the red handle from??

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Post by numberthirty » Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:21 am

Could the microphone be a Beyer? It looks a bit like the soundstar.

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