A Few Words Of Caution
Plus The DIY Rating System
a DIY (do-it-yourself) project can range from the extremely easy, needing
minimal soldering talents and the use of basic hand tools, to the
extremely complicated. While the very intricate projects will require the
knowledge of reading and understanding schematics, detailed soldering, and
perhaps constructing some form of casing or cabinets, generally the
projects here will focus on those most people can put together with little
trouble. Please keep in mind that some DIY projects may open the
proverbial 'can of worms' where once you begin digging in, you may find
yourself wanting to tweak further, and this is encouraged! Though please
keep in mind that our writers have day jobs and while we encourage you to
e-mail questions, asking for endless advice about Part A versus Part B, as
compared to Part C, can get tedious. So please respect their general
wishes that you simply follow along with their project, yet feel free to
make your own changes as you see fit.
A Word Of Caution!
Above all else please remember, many DIY
projects deal with electricity and if done incorrectly could do damage to
your audio system or cause you personal harm, burn down your house, etc.
When in doubt, don't, and ask a qualified electronic technician
to assist you. Enjoy the Music.com accepts zero responsibility for
any damage occurring to you, within your home, your neighborhood, your
home state or the country you may reside within should something go
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Our Rating System
With the above disclaimer out of the way,
most DIY projects are fairly straightforward and simple to follow. In fact
some projects will be so easy that you will begin to wonder why you have
not tried your hand at DIY sooner! Naturally some DIY projects are easier
than others and so a proper rating system is being offered. As DIY may
include soldering, using hand tools, plus perhaps constructing cabinetry
and what-have-you, we provide two distinct ratings. The Hand Tool rating
covers both cabinetry and the amount of talent needed when using tools.
The Soldering Gun rating is for how much and/or how detailed a soldering
job may be required to complete the project. While we do our best to give
accurate ratings, please thoroughly read an article before deciding for
yourself if this is something you feel competent enough to complete.
Perhaps you can build part of the project and hire a friend or electronic
technician to complete the remainder. The choice is ultimately yours of
course. Our Hand Tool and Solder Gun Ratings are from one (1) to five (5),
with five being the most difficult and perhaps reserved for experts.
Hand Tools Rating
Very Easy: My mother could do this!
Easy: Only need to drink one coffee to get 'er done.
Medium Difficulty: Perhaps a few nights to complete and have some
'specialized' knowledge and/or tools.
Difficult: Are you sure you really are up to this? May take some
time to fabricate up various parts to build what is necessary. Remember,
measure twice and cut once.
Extremely Hard: Perhaps you'll need a table saw, a drill press, digital
calipers... and bring along that close friend you know with a PHD
in mechanical/industrial engineering.
Soldering Gun Rating
Very Easy: My mother could do this, as she knows which end of the
soldering gun is hot!
Easy: Only need to solder a few pieces here and there to
get 'er done.
Medium Difficulty: Perhaps a few nights to complete and
have some 'specialized' knowledge and/or tools.
Difficult: Are you really sure you are really
up to this? Can you read a schematic and follow those small straight and squiggly
lines from Point A to Point B? Maybe you should go to the copy shop and
have them print out a copy of the schematic that is five times larger than
the one we offer?
Extremely Hard: Forget one soldering gun, maybe have two
going at the same time so that one is set for high heat for those really
thick wires and the other for low heat for chips and whatnot. Did you
graduate MIT or some other technical college that specializes in
electronics? If not, and you still want to try this, hey, it is your
choice but do not say you were not warned! Wow, you really think
you can do this? Most impressive!
Again, i can not stress enough that our
writing staff are very busy chasing butterflies with nets and collecting
empty tin cans. Perhaps one of them is right now dumpster diving, hoping
to find that illusive and rare all-tube double-trace oscilloscope. Not to use, but to gut out for the parts, especially the rare Telefunken
tubes that it may hold. The advice and parts choice and whatnot are theirs
alone, and if you have preferences or a better sounding part to your ears
that is fine. While the writers are happy to help, please do not ask them
too many questions as they are wearing white lab coats, are carrying nets
and have to catch five more 'butterflies' before the
end of today... and are in dire need of that Hammond output transformer they
heard was located in a dumpster on 12th Avenue between 7th and 8th