may i ask why you wouldn't recommend that schematic?
tinman13kup thank you when you say my IC is backwards the top cut out is at the top im not entirely sure what you mean could you post a diagram you used or further elaborate?
Oh i understand do you think then my problem could be im trying to compact everything a little to much and maybe i should not put capacitors directly next to the pins of the 555? is there some techniques i should use when laying out my circuit.I also have become quite happy with the circuit in post #32 it gives me a perfect 50% duty cycle and is very tidy once again though even with the pots the frequency just jumps away from the 56khz frequency do you think this is also caused by my compact layout? or do you think im using the formula wrong?