A quick update tonight.
All the things I need to build the boxes for the next run of Magnetic Cellos have come in. Switches, power switches, battery drawer, tuners are now pressed, screwed, or otherwise mounted into their respective cutouts in the metal boxes.
Installing these parts was the easy part, though. Actually building a working instrument means wiring this parts together, and that means another large bowl of Rainbow Spaghetti:
So far, I have mostly finished wiring together only one box. But, after testing out the complete electrical package, I’m very happy with the results. The coil responds how I hoped it would, and the variety of tones give the instrument a lot of versatility. The original square, reedy tone is still there, but now there are two smoother, flutter tones, and… a mode that can only be called “Dubstep”. Think “Wub Wub”. This last tone is actually a happy accident; I was expecting a sine output when I stuck the BJT in the circuit like that. But I like the tone, and think it deserves a place on the instrument… on the far end of the tone knob.
That’s all I have for now. I’ll be testing the last few functions on the first box, and then wiring together the rest of the boxes over the next few weeks. More Rainbow Spaghetti headed your way.