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First DIY guitar kit – BYOguitar custom shop ’72 Fender Telecaster Thinline

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

To go along with my DIY guitar amp, I ‘needed’ a DIY guitar. There are a lot of kits out there of varying quality and price. I wanted something I would be able to put together without too much rework but I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. On the cheap […]

First DIY tube amp project

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Although I’ve built a couple tube hybrid headphone amplifiers and a nixie clock, I’ve never built a real tube amp. Something about the point to point wiring and dealing with heaters turned me off of them. Then I started getting into the guitar speaker/amp thing and you almost HAVE to get a tube amp if […]

New guitar stuff –> DIY 2×12 cabinet

Monday, May 13th, 2013

I was in a band in high school. Sort of. We played a set at prom… or was it homecoming? In any case, I was able to fake rhythm guitar by leveraging my violin skills. And I had this killer fluorescent yellow guitar. Looked exactly like this: It was pretty bad actually. Didn’t hold tune […]

Nelson Pass Aleph X clone build log

Monday, January 21st, 2013

This is the biggest amp build so far and I doubt I will ever build anything bigger. Again, I went with a clone from the father-figure of DIY amps, Nelson Pass. Again, I got lots of help from the community. And also got a ton of help from this particular website. I won’t bore […]

More speakers!? A high-end two-way bookshelf

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

I wanted to try a speaker with super high-end drivers so I found some used for a pretty good deal and also found a pair of cabinets that someone didn’t want anymore. As such, I was able to go high-end without a high-end price. Brand new, the drivers and crossover plus a from scratch cabinet […]

My dorky bench equipment

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Finally had a chance to put the bench test equipment together. Oscilloscope, two DMMs and two power supplies. And the DMMs are well calibrated. So it seems.

Nelson Pass F5 Class A Stereo Amplifier

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Another project in the books. This one is my first class A power amplifier build. The circuit itself is actually relatively simple. And the casework wasn’t bad either truth be told. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The design is from one of the godfathers of the DIY HIFI community, Nelson Pass. He runs a […]

RS 150 DIY Bookshelf Speaker Build

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

I can’t seem to stay focused these days… building speakers, amps, and a buffer all at the same time. Anywho… here’s a post for the latest item. A pair of CJDs rs150 TM bookshelf speakers. I need a pair of smaller speakers for the bedroom. They’ll probably be driven from a chip amp (that I’ve […]

Subwoofer Build – 12″ Dayton Audio RSS315HF

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

A few pics of the subwoofer I just finished. It’s based on the Zaph Audio design found on his site’s archives. The difference is I didn’t incorporate the dedicated subwoofer amp since I decided to use an old integrated amp I had lying around. Also, I used plywood construction with mitered joints all around. This […]

Sunflower speakers archive

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Archiving the sunflower speakers page here: For my third pair of DIY speakers (I know… running out of rooms to put speakers in), I decided to try a new style with an open baffle design. The open baffle designs that get most of the press are Linkwitz’s Orions and John Krekovsky’s NaOs but those use […]

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