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i know how they work, i have been researching for the last few hours . its quite interesting, i am looking to do a LOT of learning.

i am looking for NOS transistors for fuzz pedals, and i am not really sure i know what i need to get.

what are the better ones to buy? would any appreciate?

where would a good place be to find them at a good price?

i will probably drop $100 on them so i can get myself stocked up. i want top quality and preferably NOS or military.
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#2
You can get some NOS transistors from Small Bear Electronics.
Which one you get depends on what you plan on on building.
And they generally how many you can order at a time.
They also test all those transistors so you chances of getting any duds are greatly reduced.
They also sell them set up for a particular pedal ( http://smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com/transistors-bipolar-si-unijunction-1/ OR http://smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com/germanium-transistors/ )
This works great (IMO) for a Rangenaster clone ( http://smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com/transistor-the-rangemaster-oc44/ )


You can check out fuzzcentral ( http://fuzzcentral.ssguitar.com/index.php ) for more information on several different fuzzes and what transistors are generally preferred, but they also often include the gain (hFE) for each transistor used and in what position (Q1, Q2, etc.).

YOu can also check out some Russian transistors from ebay ( http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XRussian+transistors.TRS0&_nkw=Russian+transistors&_sacat=0 )
As an example.
Many are untested, especially the lager batches., so you are kinda taking you chances there as far as finding usable transistors in those cases.
Get 100 transistors and maybe 80 will be usable for a particular fuzz pedal, next order of 100, you may only get 50 that are usable. Or you may get 95 that are usable. or 20.
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Transistors is one of my favorite 311 albums.

Transistor is the fourth studio album by 311, but it is the 8th release since 311 had put out 4 independent albums prior to signing to a major label. It was released on August 5, 1997. The album was certified platinum. The album saw a change in musical style as fewer songs feature rapping in comparison to the band's previous albums. Upon its release, Transistor received negative reviews from critics, who felt that the record was overlong and self-indulgent. Retrospectively, however, the album has been more positively received.


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#5
are you planning on using germanium or silicon transistors? i know tha the germanium ones are very heat sensitive but give a less harsh sound in a fuzz.
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If they would have called it Tube it would have been a better album...

Agreed. Especially considering the cover art.




but +311 to what CodeMonk said.


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I couldn't resist once I saw that, and truth be told I had NO idea of the cover art...Time for a new avatar pic!
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#8
codemonk pretty much already said it, you buy the transistors for the build usually. so find the build or builds you want to do then check to see what other transistors can be substituted out based on the spec.

personally, i never got into the whole NOS mojo for transistors or opamps. you can go military grade NOS, but modern consumer grade will be plenty good for whatever builds you are doing.
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