Some praise for Howard Davis DMM mods

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by stratplayer80, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. stratplayer80

    stratplayer80 Senior Member

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    I just recieved my big box DMM from Howard a few days ago. I have to say it is the best sounding analog delay IMO before the mods but now it's heaven. Mine is very quiet which surprised me. I've heard there's noise issues in other threads. Plugged it into a BC108 Fuzz wide open and I was in Gilmour/DSOTM territory. Anyway just wanted to give praise to a living legend.
     
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    I'm surprised I don't hear more about his mods. Thanks for the post.
     
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    What mods did you have done?
     
  4. stratplayer80

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    Hot pickup mod, impedance mod, extra delay, calibration and cosmetic reconditioning.
     
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    pics pics pics pics
     
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    wow, what was the price range for these? i'm thinking about sending my big box DMM to him.
     
  8. stratplayer80

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    With all my mods it was $143 but most of that was the calibration. I felt it was fair and well worth it.
     
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    Nice! I didn't know he did cosmetic reconditioning. It doesn't even look like the same pedal anymore...
     
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    WOW! Seems very reasonable. Now I have to send mine in!
     
  11. stratplayer80

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    I doubt you'll regret it.
     
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    so far i've yet to hear of anyone being overly happy with this,think black sharpie.
     
  13. stratplayer80

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    Well whatever it is it looks way better now.
     
  14. arem

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    Yeah, I've heard his cosmetic mods aren't too hot, but he did a great job fixing my broken DMM from the late 70's. Sounded perfect when I got it back.
     
  15. Howard Davis

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    Thank you all for your appreciative comments on my work.

    My cosmetic reconditioning cannot remove rust stains or dents in the steel box, but it does a good job of covering paint scratches and restoring the original glossy finish. As the last step in the process I relacquer the box. I never claim it looks as good as new, but am proud of the fact it can come close to this.

    Guitar pedal design engineering, repairs, and custom mods:
    http://howardmickdavis.com
     
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    Love my HD modded DMM...all of the shortcomings were addressed and now it is the ideal DMM, IMO. Great communications, reasonably priced and quick to turn around.
     
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    Howard Davis worked on mine too, about a year ago. I liked my DMM quite a bit before, and re-fell in love with it after. I had the impedence/hot pickup mod and calibration done with an increase in delay time. The best thing about the mods is that the repeats are a little more clear (do not mean clean), not as murky but still get that grit. Mine still has some noise, it is an analog delay after all, but more noise is introduced with longer delay times. The Feedback knob now oscillates at about 11 O'clock, used to be about 1 O'clock. Thats how it is, per Howard. Not disappointed with that.

    I did have one issue when I got it back, which was extreme modulation regardless of the knob position. Howard was quick to diagnose the issue through email as being the modulation pot coming loose from the circuit board. He offered to have me send it back if I wanted to pay him again, but I just resoldered it.

    Here are some clips of the delay time, before and after the mods. Recorded using an iPod with the Soundcloud app.

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/codetocontra/before_calibration_and_mods[/SOUNDCLOUD]
    Recorded before the mods, with max delay time.

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/codetocontra/modded-dmm-matched-delay-time[/SOUNDCLOUD]
    Recorded after the mods, with the settings trying to match the pre-mod recording.

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/codetocontra/dmm-test-after-calibration-and[/SOUNDCLOUD]
    Recorded after the mods, with max delay time.
     
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  18. stratplayer80

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    Awesome!! Thanks for the clips.
     
  19. codetocontra

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    You are very welcome.
     

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