Finished Project – MEOW-TRON (Mu-tron III)

I just finished a new build. Before I post the pictures, let me give you a bit of back story. I will try to keep it short. If you just want to see the pedal, scroll down.

Back in 1998, my brother Brian adopted a kitten from a humane society near Chicago. He named him Jerry Garcia. My brother already had one cat, and he could only have the one at his apartment. We took ownership of Jerry Garcia that same year with the promise that we would take good care of him.

Jerry was the first kitty that Jaime and I owned together, and was very special to us. He was a living connection to my brother, who died in 2011 unexpectedly of a brain aneurism at 40 years old.

Unfortunately, we had to have him put down on December 12, 2014, about a month and a half ago. He had chronic hyperthyroidism that we managed for several years, but age caught up with him. He rapidly developed lymphatic hyperplasia, and deteriorated quickly after losing his coordination and appetite. He lived 16 and a half years, and we took good care of him until the very end.

A few days after we had Jerry put down, a card arrived in the mail. It was from our vet, who is a friend. He and his staff had all written very touching notes– the entire card was full. Included with the card was an ink pawprint. Unbeknownst to us, our vet had taken Jerry’s pawprint on the day Jerry died.

So, to commemorate Jerry Garcia, my cat, I built the most appropriate effect that I could think: the Mu-Tron III.

I have always wanted one, and this was the perfect justification. I decided to use a pre-made PCB (Naughty Fish from MadBeanPedals). This made for a nice, easy build. I used premium components, namely the fancy-pants sausage resistors. These were a bit big for the layout, so if you build one, use regular ol’ 1/8-watters. I used a Hammond 1590TRPB, which afforded a little bit more room than the recommended 1590B.

I etched Jerry’s pawprint into the enclosure. Considering I haven’t etched a pedal in quite some time, I am extremely pleased with the results.

I present to you, the MEOW-TRON:

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