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I really like that D'Addario includes string tension, right on the package.  That made it easy for me to select a set of flatwounds with same overall tension as the original round wounds that came on my Fender Precision Bass.  The rounds were standard 45/65/85/105.  The flats are 40/60/80/100.  After changing to flats (which I love) I didn't need to make any adjustments to neck or bridge.  Action, intonation are just fine.  (In theory, I could get a new nut with slightly smaller slots, but I'm not getting any string rattle in the original nut, so no need to fix what ain't broke.)  

I highly recommend the 40/60/80/100 flat wound set, ECB84, for FPB. 

Oh yeah, I was also researching string length, speaking length etc.  Bottom line, this set is a great fit for FPB.

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Four part series on hardware design, build, Arduino sketch, software design notes.
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Part 3, Open Source BeatBuddy Tempo Pedal / MIDI Beat Clock Generator
See  Part 1  for hardware design and schematic. See Part 2 , for parts list and build pictures. This is Part 3, Arduino sketch See Part 4 for software design notes. Sketch: // send MIDI beat clocks to BeatBuddy // beat clocks are 24x faster than BPM // sent...
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Tempo Pedal for BeatBuddy
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BeatBuddy Footswitch Modification (no more CLINK/CLUNK!)
I recently got a BeatBuddy drum machine pedal, and it's really great and I highly recommend it. However, the (optional) accessory footswitch was very noisy, and frankly a distraction to me and my bandmates.  Turns out, they decided to use latching switches,...
I recently got a BeatBuddy drum machine pedal, and it's really great and I highly recommend it. However, the (optional) accessory footswitch was very noisy, and frankly a distraction to me and my bandmates.  Turns out, they d...
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Check out my MIDI Clock Tempo Pedal, for my BeatBuddy (drum machine in a guitar pedal)
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Thanks Dan, its a pretty simple project if you've used Arduino. It could even be built as a "shield". Good luck with it, please let me know how it works out, I'd appreciate the real world feedback, make sure my design is robust 
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Part 4, Open Source BeatBuddy Tempo Pedal / MIDI Beat Clock Generator:
See  Part 1  for hardware design and schematic. See  Part 2 , for parts list and build pictures. See Part 3 , for Arduino sketch. This is  Part 4 , software design notes. Tip: open the sketch in a another browser tab or window to follow along. Software Desi...
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BeatBuddy Tempo Pedal / MIDI Beat Clock Generator, Part 2: Parts List and Build Photos
See Part 1 for hardware design and schematic. This is Part 2, parts list and build pictures. See Part 3 for Arduino sketch and software design notes. Parts List: Project Box Perfboard Moteino (no radio) Angled headers 7 Segment Serial Display RGB LED Power ...
See Part 1 for hardware design and schematic. This is Part 2, parts list and build pictures. See Part 3 for Arduino sketch and software design notes. Parts List: Project Box Perfboard Moteino (no radio) Angled headers ...
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BeatBuddy Tempo Pedal / MIDI Beat Clock Generator: Part 1, Hardware
This is an  Arduino  based project to  generate  MIDI beat clock s, at a tempo set by an   expression pedal   (a simple potentiometer or "pot" in a foot pedal.) This project is for h ackers/makers/musicians who want to control BeatBuddy  drum machine (and/o...
This is an Arduino based project to generate MIDI beat clocks, at a tempo set by an expression pedal  (a simple potentiometer or "pot" in a foot pedal.) This project is for hackers/makers/musicians who want to control BeatB...
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Hi Andrew, you could use this same part for low power loads.  The only downside is the size of the package.  You could look up this part on the Fairchild website, find this family of parts, in various packages, e.g. T0-92 and even SMD.  
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Tektronix FAE and Electronics Hobbyist
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Born in Maine, moved to Nashua at 5, attended public schools. Nashua High class of 1974. Berklee College of Music in Boston. NHVTC in Nashua. Franklin Pierce College. Boston University
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Married for 34 years. Tek AE for 35.
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    MSCS, 1996
  • Franklin Pierce College
    BSCS, 1988
  • New Hampshire Technical Institute
    ASEE, 1978
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KAW RF - Adding 2x 100nF caps to HV circuit
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Based on Mike Tranchemontagne's advice, I had previously added a 100nF to the High Voltage circuit of the KAW in order to boost the current

Hacking a small AC power transformer
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I needed a small transformer for my next project, with 4.5 Vrms at 300 mA. I have dozens of old “wall-warts” and one was just begging to be