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Old 9th January 2005, 03:38 AM   #1
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Default My GC progress - with pix!

Thought I would share my progress with you. This is my first ever amp project, and pretty much my first ever electronic project.

Well my BrianGT kit arrived, YAY!
Pic 1 - http://www.australianbilliards.com.a...poeee_amp1.jpg

I got to it and started building. So here are the built boards. Amazingly, they look like everyone elses, hehe!
Pic 2 - http://www.australianbilliards.com.a...poeee_amp2.jpg

Now for the case. I decided to get an old tape deck from the local recycler place. The idea is to gut it and use the case with a nice varnished wood front panel instead of the original tape deck front. Decided to go with this one, which was a bit bigger than I had originally hoped, but I got it for the quality of its case. Cost AU$12. Didn't even bother to check if it worked, lol.
Pic 3 - http://www.australianbilliards.com.a...poeee_amp3.jpg

Not the best idea i've had was the one to use a tape deck case as my amp case. It had about 15,000 parts I had to take off, so much for thinking this would be easy! I even thought I wouldn't get the case back together to be able to use, but I did in the end. Here is the mess that was a tape deck!
Pic 4 - http://www.australianbilliards.com.a...poeee_amp4.jpg

Just about 5 minutes ago, I finnished the heatsink, and mounted the 2 amp boards on (only a for a mock up at this stage, so no thermal compound). The heatsink was donated by a Celeron 300 Slot1 CPU that was sitting in a cupboard (for very obvious reasons!). Pried the HS off the CPU, sanded it lightly to get the old compound off, drilled the 2 holes for the chips to be mounted with, and there we have it, a nice shiney heatsink!
Pic 5 - http://www.australianbilliards.com.a...poeee_amp5.jpg

Thats about as much as I can do at this stage, as I havn't yet ordered the transformer. I could start with the layout on the case, but i'll wait until I get the transformer.
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