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    Mystery box ?

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    I thought I'd post this here because this is the forum I frequent the most, and...I like you guys

    I was at a Thrift store and noticed this cheap looking plastic box with 3 Knobs. Tone,Balance,Volume. I don't know why I bought it, I was just curious. It is really light in weight. It feels like it only has these three pots in it and nothing else. But there is a universal adapter wired into it along with an on/off switch on the side and 2 cables coming out. One 3.5mm input and one with a stereo jack.
    I was eager to get it home and open it up. When opened there are 2 boards. One has a Toshiba
    TA7203P chip.
    Anyone know what this could be.....maybe a homemade headphone amp??? I know it's probably junk, but my curiosity got the best of me.

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    We've got bush,We've got bush!!!

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    Weird..how much was it?

    Try it with some headphones and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trovador98 View Post
    Weird..how much was it?

    Try it with some headphones and see what happens.
    It was $4. I plugged the stereo jack into my strat and headphones into the 3.5mm. Got sound. Only in one side obviously. It's noisy, but if it could be summed to mono and the noise could be eliminated it could work as a pre I guess. It really boosts the sound of the electric guitar nicely and would sound nice if the hum and buzz would disappear. Oh well. I got a 3 nice aluminum knobs out of it
    We've got bush,We've got bush!!!

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    Use the noise as a glitchy lofi effect...ala Zvex instant lofi junky. What does it do if you run an ipod through it?

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    I mean, the boat is a boat....but the mystery box could be anything...

    It could even be a boat.
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    Just plugged an Mp3 player into it. It actually sounds good. No noise. Then I tried plugging a bass into it. This time it was not nearly as noisey. Ant the tone/volume boost is pretty good. Im might mess with it and put a mono jack on it,clean the pots and maybe put a xlr or "1/4 out on it and see how it sound within a recording.
    We've got bush,We've got bush!!!

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    Maybe it didn't like your strat single coils.
    Interesting find! Makes me want to poke around my neighborhood pawn shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trovador98 View Post
    Maybe it didn't like your strat single coils.
    Interesting find! Makes me want to poke around my neighborhood pawn shop.
    Yeah, Im always poking around thrift/goodwill stores. There is usually something interesting in the electrical section amongst the junk. Always looking out for cheap old mics and such. Got some nice old stereo recievers too. There was a thrift store selling an old AKG D19 microphone that they advertised online for $60. They usually sell for $300+ on ebay. Always wanted one. I contacted them to see if they would ship it to me because their store is like a 5-6 hour drive from me. They said no. In store sales only .
    It seems like all the items that sell for good deals in the classifieds are always too far from me.
    We've got bush,We've got bush!!!

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    Think of it this way, at least nowadays, you have a chance if getting that stuff. 20 years ago you wouldn't even have known of it for sale. Unless it came from a catalog or was in local range, you wouldn't have gotten it .

    Edit: Almost forgot. Cool box, right price. I'm sure you'll find some use for it.

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