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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2009, 04:27:50 PM »
I'm sure it's been discussed, but who runs a signal to +17?

I do all the time, you probably do to.  The V3 puts out like 24-25dbu on the analog outputs when the digital output is at 0dbFS.  So unless you run your V3 very, very low into the 722, you'll easily put out 12-17dbu.

When I ran V3(digi) > Sony D50 and also ran V3(analog) > 722/702 at the same time, I usually shot for digital peaks on the D50 at -6dbFS to -3dbFS, so at that point I'd be sending ~20dbu to the 722/702.
Gotcha. Didn't think of it that way. I'd like to see how this thing sounds.
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2009, 02:31:24 PM »
Hello all... (and thanks OCanis for starting a new thread )

This is embarrassing... I thought I'll get it done by Thanksgiving but life, sickness, Christmas, family activities, new product launches happened.  Other priorities happened, and TS-2 got pushed off my overflowing plate. 

Here's the story...

The economy tanked last October and November, and one day I checked my account balance and it was a shock. I overspent on inventory and R&D relying on sales to fund my R&D.... and then suddenly orders just stopped during that whole bailout/AIG/bankruptcy/layoff news that was all over the place.  People got scared and just stopped buying.

I was stuck... little funds, no sales coming in, I can't move forward, but at the same time I have lots of half-finished products and projects in various states of development.

This has been a wake up call. I had to rethink everything, do cost cutting and MAKE UP A NEW GAME PLAN. The new game plan made me re-shuffle some projects to the top of the stack.... and unfortunately, the TS-2 got pushed down the stack. 

The good news is my jumpstart plan worked even though sales volume are still down (people not buying like they used to). We've got funds again for R&D :)   Now, if sales volume would just return to previous levels, I'd be in an even better/stronger shape.


Here's the new situation...  On my consulting business, I have a major major deliverable project this month for a client... So this is going to be a hectic month again. 

Fortunately, my main business has not been affected by the recession, but kit sales were. So sometimes, I have to choose doing real "WORK" so we can eat, pay bills, etc..., and put the "FUN" side of working on kits on hold (where sales have been sporadic and unreliable nowadays.)

I hope you guys will understand.... I think we're all in the same recession boat. Gotta do what we've got to do.

Just a note: If some of you that put your name on the waiting list can't buy it now due to recession/etc... I understand.  Don't worry about it... take care of your families/priorities first.
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2009, 02:34:23 PM »
If you're having Photo withdrawals.... here's some... this is actually how the final assembly of the TS-2 will look like.

Get all sub-assemblies ready... work on ESD safe table mat.


Insert chips, but first ground yourself with an ESD wristwrap. For additional protection...


IC chips inserted successfully.


Install hex spacers...


Mount and install VU Meters... use spacers to mount the VU meter boards together.


Rear view of VU Meters, and getting ready to install front panel.


Connect VU Meter power connections


Install the other connections...


Stack the (2) boards together...


Closeup of headers and connections... good solid wiring


Install locking DC Switchracft jack.


Getting ready to mount the XLR jacks.


Get ready to mount panel...


Panel mounted. Nuts tightened.


Install knobs, connect 12VDC wall wart AC adapter, hookup condenser mics, turn on 48V phantom,  and test...

Success!


It's the NEXT STEP that got delayed.... drilling the rear panel and sliding everything into the case. So close!!!!......
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2009, 02:43:12 PM »
I'm loving the gear shots as always.  I've said it before, I'll say it again... I got vacation coming and would help assemble any time!  ;)  Keep your priorities in order, this will come in due time, thanks for the update.
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2009, 08:20:02 PM »
Whew!~  Finally got my (2) deadlines out of the way... just need to schedule a training session with the client to teach their staff how to use the new system.  Then they gave me a new project again, but deadline isn't until March.

So I got some free time to create CAD files for the rear panel, then fed the CAD file to my program that outlines the different job steps, then export to G-code that the CNC machine can understand.

Got (4) panels milled... the gold color panels were test panels, but came out great so I'll probably make (2) units in Gold colors.  (It's not as yellow as you see in the photo.)



And test fitted the Neutrik XLR jacks and Switchcraft DC jack. Perfectomundo!



Of course, it's weird when things are moving fast and too smoothly again and then what happens?,.....

The Y-axis on my CNC broke! The motor/screw coupling is slipping... so I'll need to fix that first before I can continue milling additional panels. 

<dang it!  I can't get a break! >



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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2009, 09:46:52 PM »
Its all cool.  some progress is better than no progress..........Tapers are a patient bunch.........especially when it comes to quality...... ;D

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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2009, 06:24:51 AM »


Thanks for the update FF!!  I'm really looking forward to my "True Blue" TS-2...

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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2009, 06:52:54 AM »
that is a sexiful looking beast!
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2009, 08:47:27 AM »
that is a sexiful looking beast!

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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2009, 09:45:49 AM »
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2009, 08:01:30 PM »
WOW. :o

This pre is really a beautiful piece of work. I could stare at the pics all day. Truly the definition of gear porn. Top notch work. I can not wait to hear how this little box sounds. With the attention to detail that has been demonstrated, there is no question that it will easily meet (or surpass) expectations. :tips hat:

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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2009, 09:09:12 PM »
I finally found a job - it looks like I might even be able to pick one of these up - the gear fantasies of the last few months will finally become reality....

Kyle congratulations on getting a new job, but man judging by your signature line, doesn't look like you've kept many gear fantasies from turning into reality!!!  Attaboy!  ;D

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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2009, 10:27:36 PM »
I finally found a job - it looks like I might even be able to pick one of these up - the gear fantasies of the last few months will finally become reality....

Kyle congratulations on getting a new job, but man judging by your signature line, doesn't look like you've kept many gear fantasies from turning into reality!!!  Attaboy!  ;D

 ;D

Thanks Steve! I am going to be a Pet sitter. Dog walks, cat watching, that sort of thing. Money won't be huge, but at least I am out working again. The gear in the sig is pretty much my dream rig(s), but there haven't been any updates for about a year. I am a mic-pre freak and the TS-2 is looking oh so good as the next acquisition.

And then: I need to pickup some ME-20s that have become available, i need another ME-40, I have been wanting some AKG 451 or 460/CK3s, a four channel recorder would be nice, a new stand is required, one of Darktrain's stereo bars - the list just goes on and on. I will never tire of this hobby - gear is one fine addiction!

/blather off - back to the TS-2
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2009, 11:50:58 PM »
Okay... time to get into detail work.

As you all know, the TS-2 front panel is ANODIZED.... not painted. Also, the front panel has engraved labels. i.e. they're NOT silkscreen printed... which we all know painted surface will fade or chip sometime in the future.

No siree... our front panel labels are CNC engraved. The only way you can erase the control labels is by using something like this...



But because my panel is engraved, we have the bare aluminum showing.

So I need to fill up the "canals" with paint to make it look more "finished" and... well, it just looks better.  You can say this preamp is truly handmade and a work of art :)

Step 1: Prepare our tools. Panel wrapped in protective plastic film from the factory.


Step 2: Peel off the plastic film.


Step 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.... apply paint and fill up the engravings with the paint color of our choice. In this example, something like Grayish White.  Other colors available... whatever color you see on this page. :)
http://www.testors.com/category/135894/Enamel_Paints

If I don't have it in stock, extra fee may apply.

And we end up with our panel looking like this.


As you can see, I have problems coloring and staying within the lines ever since I was a kid.


Step 8: Dry the paint.  We use a hot air gun set for 330-degrees Fahrenheit and we direct hot air to our panel.


Step 9: TOP SECRET PROCESS.... clean up the spilled paint. And our panel ends up looking like this:


Close up shot: Panel height is about 2" inches. So you can imagine how small those numbers are... about 3mm or so...


Here's an example of a pure white paint fill. 
This is my SC-1mk500 lunchbox preamp.  $349 per channel... for a KIT... ( this is basically 1 channel of a TS-2 preamp.... so a fully-built TS-2 preamp is way way underpriced considering what my other unassembled kits sell for!) )More info here...


And that's how I do my panels... Lots of work? time consuming?

You betcha....  It's a truly handcrafted preamp. It's the fusion of art and technology.
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Re: New TS-2 Preamp ... now in its third trimester
« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2009, 12:26:18 AM »
Idea: anodize first, laser mark second. Laser marking shows up silver/gray on black hardcoat.
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