September 2010 Archives
I'm taken by the entire "rust belt" concept. It's very different from the San Joaquin Valley where I grew up, and yet it's sorta the same.
I am surprised just how good a little 4" speaker can sound these days. Little bugger does pretty well with stand-up bass recordings.
This little gizmo was the most frustrating thing I've built so far. It was missing a part (the red LED, not a biggie) and the diagram (the only instructions it came with) was wrong, leaving out a couple of major components. It took four altoids tins to get one drilled reasonably right.
But, in the end the little bugger (about$15 on ebay, as I recall) sounds pretty damn good.
Finished another little tube toy. This time, a battery powered preamplifier (also from Bottlehead). I screwed up the alder wood base I ordered from them, so I built a new one from scratch in hard maple. It turned out nicely, and I think the maple goes with the blue plastic top plate.
It was pretty microphonic when I first powered it up (loud noises when tapping on the top plate), but it has settled down now. It was a cheap kit, and mostly I just wanted it so that I could switch in between the airport express (white block to the rear of the photo) that supplies the music in my office and the computer.
I like making things. It's such a radical change from all the reading-writing stuff down that I've been doing for the last decade or so.