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In Reply to: diy...... posted by Janos on March 22, 2007 at 22:46:20:
Janos has a good point. I also went this route when I was in your shoes many years ago. I had the advantage that I was well versed in electronics, machining, etc. (I'm an experimental physicist by trade). DIY offers a very different prospective than store bought gear. One gains the satisfaction of one's own handiwork. It is not hard to make something that sounds good. It is, however, not trivial to make something that sounds great. The resources on the web are numerous compared to a decade ago. Start small and work your way up. Once you start DIY, you'll view commercial gear differently (i.e. they charge how much for that poorly made piece of crap?!?!!)
I agree with you 100%. DIY gives you a very different perspective, than the smelly - shiny magazines offer. You no longer long for 100K$ products, but value what it is for real: the sonics, and build quality.
I also experienced that with DIY one can achieve satisfaction, it is extremely rewarding. To go beyond the initial happy state, you need fellow diy-ers, with whom you can share your findings, and who speed up your research. I beleive that those, who sell great sounding gear started out as DIY-ers; and the interest was mated with professional knowledge. For those, who lack the expertise, we need to find instructions. I am super lucky to have found a mentor, who teaches me just about evrything I want to know, and who is patient and kind.
But, even with knowing some intricate details of the amps workings, one needs TIME to develop something that goes beyond, like the Shindo amp you describe. Your last diy project can bloom into an outstanding amp; you have to find what does the trick. It will probably take you thousands of hours of work and thousands of dollars in parts.
I guess I got to the point where I'm hooked to diy....... ;)
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