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Old 17th January 2012, 08:22 PM   #1
MarkL1 is offline MarkL1  United Kingdom
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Default tools for 1st DIY LM3875 amp

Can anyone recommend some tools for my first DIY project.
I was planning to build a class t amp LM3875 from, could anyone recommend some tools to built my 1st project. Im starting from scratch and want to keep a tight budget.

Heres some suggestions

Soldering iron



Is there anything else i will need,
Thanks for your help
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Old 17th January 2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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Hand tools, wire cutters, long nose pliers wire stripper.

Your local Maplin will have what you want.
Or Maplin Electronics : Sale Now On
Murton-Pike Systems PCBCAD51 pcb design software.
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Old 20th January 2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, i just need some help choosing a soldering iron?

Do i go for a cheap Weller 25watt mains powered soldering station at 18 will this be adequate for the job??
or spend more and get a soldering station like
DURATOOL|1296771+5090726+1467280|KIT, SOLDERING ST+WIRE+CLEANER | Farnell United Kingdom
or for a little more at 40
Buy Soldering Stations RS DS50 Digital Soldering Station eu/uk RS DS50 online from RS for next day delivery.
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Old 22nd January 2012, 12:22 PM   #4
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I am also interested in the answer on the above question.
I am also just starting and want to get a complete set of tools I need (so the little time on the weekends I have -- I will not spend searching for local overpriced tools/components)

I would also appreciate the advise from this board -- not just on tools -- but on components from wires to capacitors/transformers that I could slightly stock up on -- for a first timer who will get things wrong.

To the original poster, I sofar found this article -- but this board will probably have lots more suggestions/etc

Getting Started in Audio DIY
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Old 23rd January 2012, 01:50 PM   #5
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This discussion has some good pointers for beginners:

Wannabe electronics geek

The Tangentsoft website linked in "worker's" post (Getting Started in Audio DIY) is excellent. His CMOY amp instructions are great! Excellent confidence booster and learning aid.

Build a CMOY headphone amp for starters. Great first project. And excellent tutorial videos on his site.

Good luck!
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