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Old 20th February 2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Default Some relax by playing Angry Birds...

I relax by bending wires...

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Old 20th February 2012, 09:50 AM   #2
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How do you get the lengths between bends so perfect? That's remarkable!
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Old 20th February 2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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Everytime I see that kind of work it comes from a Norwegian, a Swede or a Dane. Hmm...... Messy wiring indicates turmoil, passion and forwardness. My work is Dionysian, yours is Apollonian.
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How do you get the lengths between bends so perfect? That's remarkable!
I use my vision and a marker pen. I lay a cord where I want it and mark where it should be bent.

I use a caliper only to ensure the equal height of the wires going to the terminals of the tube sockets.

I've practicing this a lot over the years, so this time I only scrapped one wire.

Back to the topic! What relaxes you?
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Old 20th February 2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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Looks like art to me!!! Love the sockets too.

One of my builds was really neat like that, took a lot of time also, only to finally power it up and hear hummmmmmmm.

I ripped it out and tried to remedy it only to find that when I hastily put it together for testing with all the wires tightly twisted ( albeit messy) it was dead quiet! Never touched it again.

Now I spend my time making the topside pretty and leave the bottom covered.

( I believe I learned from Mr. Jones that what makes a circuit function well and quietly doesn't ALWAYS look pretty.) I tell myself this to feel better

However my hat is off to you sir! Even my best attempts NEVER looked that good!!

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Old 20th February 2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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Can't say. It's against the rules.
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Old 20th February 2012, 10:48 AM   #8
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Looks like art to me!!! Love the sockets too.

One of my builds was really neat like that, took a lot of time also, only to finally power it up and hear hummmmmmmm.

I ripped it out and tried to remedy it only to find that when I hastily put it together for testing with all the wires tightly twisted ( albeit messy) it was dead quiet! Never touched it again.

Now I spend my time making the topside pretty and leave the bottom covered.

( I believe I learned from Mr. Jones that what makes a circuit function well and quietly doesn't ALWAYS look pretty.) I tell myself this to feel better

However my hat is off to you sir! Even my best attempts NEVER looked that good!!
Thanks. It can hurt badly to have such experiences like you had.

My first attempt was hum free and now I want it to look good too.

So the real challenge comes with placing the components neater than this:
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Old 20th February 2012, 10:53 AM   #9
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Looks like you could have had a job at the Tektronix factory

I have a ziploc bag of the white ceramic terminal strips from Tek scopes, I love them.

(to the tek-o-philes - no, I did not do it! A friend of mine was the cannibal, he wanted the tubes! I got what was left after the massacre.)
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You can often get away with neat wiring in audio. It can be disastrous for RF, as it increases stray inductance and capacitance and can encourage unwanted coupling between circuits.

How do I relax? Going for a country walk with my favourite lady!
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