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    Building, troubleshooting and testing of these amplifiers should only be
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    the safety precautions around high voltages.

trimmings for amp project

Heres some photos to get you started.

Not exactly a scratch build, but an Asymetrical approach to a nice looking stereo SE amp that was made with what I had to work with from an old Magnavox.

Here is my own chassis design for a Dynaco ST35 clone.
I used a hammond 12x10x2 aluminum chassis and polished it using metal polish available at Lowes hardware. I used cheap 1x2 oak craft strips from Lowes for the casing at a total cost of $3.50. The control knobs for both are $1.75 at radio shack, and look quite professional and "hifi" IMHO. I like to do things on a budjet, so thats my take on things. Hope you're inspired!


2007-09-08 4:32 am
Sand progressively from 80 thru 900 grit: 80, 120, 220, 350, 400, 600, 900. Finish with a buffing wheel and a can of Brasso or silver polish.


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there is the stuff I used, I don't know if theres a name brand but it is made in the USA. You can find it in the tool section of Lowes. I only used the high gloss stuff so it took a while to polish it up. Its basically a claybar that removes aluminum and smooths it out while polishing at the same time. Messy and you must use a buffer or drill with a small buffing wheel.

Thanks dubdub, that was the magnavox shield off of the radio that the amp came out of. Thought it gave it that "botique-im some-high-falutin'-fancy-brand-transformer" type of look ;)
FWIW, the transformers are made by Stancor as indicated by the 138 IEA code on them.