I don't want to begin modifying the pedal if it is not performing as it should. I don't expect the mods to address the things I want to change. I expect this pedal to sound like my Phase 90 with move versatility. It's not even close and there are 3 others that are experiencing the same issue.
Good idea. mmarsh's clip of his build is located here: http://www.buildyourownclone.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=22382
Please listen closely to what the build should sound like and let us know as best you can as how your build sounds different.
Let's please not jump to conclusions about a rash of Phase Royal builds that have something wrong with them. You characterized your build as sounding like "an old AM transistor radio" when compared to some other Phase 90 (a real one I take it?). You two other builders need to please start your own tech support threads. Describe your own symptoms as accurately as you can. Unless you have a build that sounds "like an old AM transistor radio" when compared to another Phase 90 (well...even if!), you more than likely have a dissimilar issue. I can very well assure all 3 of you that there have been many more Phase Royals built successfully without issues than builds that seem to lack some low end or worse.
1) What is the page number where the instructions inform you to install the IC on the bottom side before you mount the PCB in the case? I’d like to see the instructions modified to include this important step.
What is the page number that tells you sarcasm opens the door to get your pedal working?
Seriously, I think just saying something like, "man, I forgot to put the bottom side chip in before I mounted the pcb and it sucked because then I had to take everything back out! Maybe the instructions should include a reminder to do that!" would get things moving a little better than asking what page the instructions [that you know full well are not there] are on. We're here to help you out, there is no need for tactics like that.
While we're on the subject if instructions, please note that page 2 of the PDF, under the "Tech Support" heading, clearly asks the builder to submit certain information in order to speed up the troubleshooting process. Numbers 2 through 5 specify photos. Please submit these photos of your build.
2) You suggest I socket all the JFETs. Put it in 6-stage mode, and add each of the JFETS to the circuit, while it's on, one at a time. I should hear an increase in phase shifting as each JFET is added. If I don't hear in increase, what do I do?
With your build, are you able to hear the difference in phase shifting when switching from 4 to 6 stages? Adding each jFET one by one will do something similar. The point is that if your FET stages are working properly, you'll hear a slight increase in phase depth each time you add a FET. If you add one FET in particular that does nothing to the phase tone, you've helped isolate a problem that we can concentrate on troubleshooting.
3) If I do hear in increase in phase shifting but the tone is the same, now what?
Then we know that all the phase stages are working and your problem lies elsewhere. This is the essence of troubleshooting - breaking the circuit down into pieces.
Do you happen to have an audio probe/signal tester (most guys that have built the analog delay have one)? That might be of help on your build.