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Old 14th May 2007, 12:20 AM   #31
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chassis work!

most difficult part of the project.
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Old 14th May 2007, 12:38 AM   #32
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Chassis works all about the tools.

For matal chassis a plasma cutter would be a God send unfortunately small one cost over a grand.
I hate that.

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Old 14th May 2007, 01:03 AM   #33
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I used to hate chassiswork.

Nowdays all my DIYing goes to aluminium briefcase. Really boxy looking and thick aluminium. Not the businessmodels

Some reasons:
It's openable
It's metal
It looks different but is cheap
It has handle
Usually they are standard sizes. Atleast ones with sane make are.
and finally when I'm not using device, I twist of outer parts put them insade briefcase and it's stackable. That ometimes needs some extra work. Heatsink, tranistors and two D-connetors are my usual way getting that done. Tubes would be much easier Next project will be making one in those case.

My closet looks funny. Two computers, labPSU, two SS amplifiers and some hobbystuff. No toolbox there and I have 9 cases piled up Tools are in three other boxes.

That problem is solved for me. So who want's to clean up for me without messing my dynamic archiving system?
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Old 14th May 2007, 01:09 AM   #34
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The chassis I'm going to build fot my next amp I think will be mostly wood, copper, and for some exotic flare the metal plate for the attenuator will be tantalum.

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Old 14th May 2007, 01:16 AM   #35
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Default Being on the fringe with no one to talk to

As I push the boundaries way outside the norm, ie tubes and low power amps and full range drivers in unconventional enclosures, there is no one locally to talk to about it. Sure glad DIYAudio exists. Thanks, doc, I feel better now.
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Old 14th May 2007, 02:08 AM   #36
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Watching the prices for even garbage tube parts soar into the stratosphere on ebay!!

Sure makes DIY hard if you are on a budget. Everything else I can deal with.
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Old 14th May 2007, 02:27 AM   #37
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Finding that I need to drill additional holes in a chassis that already has lots of electronics wired up. having to make sure the metal bits don't get lodged into hard to access spots that might short something out, and the vibration from the drilling that might break something in the existing electronics.

And why do drill bit makers insist on making larger sized bits longer? I've had it happen that the chassis I was working on fit into the drill press okay with the smaller bits, but not the larger bit I needed to finish the hole.
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Old 14th May 2007, 02:29 AM   #38
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1) The sweet smell of success
2) Making up my mind on which idea to turn into a project, and starting it
3) Plugging in a fresh build and hearing sweet sound
4) Figuring out a new design on the breadboard in a single day
5) the electronics of amp building
6) getting all of the parts to build that cool amp


1)The pungent smell of a toasted transformer
2) Changing my mind halfway through and never finishing
3) Plugging in a fresh build, and hearing the sizzle of toasted parts
4) Taking 6 months to turn a breadboard design into a real amp
5) The mechanics of amp building
6) getting the VISA bill for those parts

A few observations:

NIC1138: there is another variable in that equation, money! It is however a dependent variable, inversely proportional to T_free (job) and also inversely proportional to T_woman.

Women do not understand why we need more amplifiers, or more horsepower. We do not understand the need for seven pillows on the bed, that you can not use, 10 pairs of shoes, or 6 different purses. It is best agreed that these things are not meant to be understood.

Sherri and I have been taking woodworking classes at the local community school (for amplifier chassis of course). She still won't understand the need for that new miter saw in the garage either.

marsupialx: I know the feeling. I work in a facility that houses at least 1000 engineers. There are 3 of us who play with tubes. there are 997 who ask, WHY?
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Old 14th May 2007, 03:10 AM   #39
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Default Extreme Dislikes...

1) All chassis work,
2) Figuring out how to route wires in a confined space for minimal noise, then discovering that I made a mistake somewhere along the way,
3) Waiting 3 weeks for parts to arrive, and
4) Trying to find time for DIY
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Old 14th May 2007, 03:34 AM   #40
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Being clumsy, I hate:

* Chassis work.

* Soldering to things that don't want to accept the solder, e.g. a lot of tube sockets I've tried; many resistors; Veroboard, to the extend that I swear I will never use it again.

* Soldering in very cramped/confined spaces.

* Burning cable insulation accidentally with the soldering iron (I did this once to the lead of the soldering iron itself and only realized it afer several annoying shocks).

* 3-legged fuses, a.k.a. transistors - only go to look at 'em and they blow up.

* Finding out a cap is no good, after wasting hours trying to trace the fault.
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