Last april I built my first ever electronic project an ST120 amp , and it has been working flawlessly and sounding great since . I've been trying to talk myself into doing a preamp since and finally bit the bullit and ordered the SP14 . The build went fairly easy with only one mishap ( I think ) of soldering the wrong resistors in one location . Which I luckily caught before getting too far .
I decided to upgrade the selector switch and attenuators to Goldpoints , and on seeing them they are very nicely built and have a nice crisp feel to them . I also upgraded the output caps to a pair of Russian PIO's in one spot and Mundorf silver and oil's ( which I also put in the ST120 ) in the second . And I had Roy do the chassis in black with white lettering , Which turned out very nice and is a real well made cabinet . I can't say enough about him , an A + guy and great customer support !
Well here are some pictures of the build .
Some of the parts that come in the kit . I went through and Ohm ed out all the resistors and stuck them to some tape and labled them first to make it easier to assemble the board .
I built the chassis and wired it up first before doing the board .
I marked everything to prevent mistakes.
After cutting the wire pairs to size I also Marked each pair of selector switch wires with a small piece of different color heat shrink tubing at each end to make shure they went in the right places after I heat shrinked up all the wire bundles .
Same with the tape in and outs .
On to the board , which is very sturdy . It comes with a nice board layout schematic .And went together fairly well except for the above mentioned resistor malfuntion.
Here it is all wired up finally . Hopefully , I checked it over a few times to make sure ?
I Also marked the output rca jacks so I know which pair of caps are which .
Well I plugged er in and crossed my fingers and turned it on without the tubes in and no sparks , smoke or blown fuses . So I then put the tubes in and it lites them all up .
I got a pair of NOS RCA's and Sylvania tubes from Roy , I also got a couple other NOS tube brands from ebay to try later too.
All buttoned up and ready to plug into the stereo which will have to wait till tomorrow to see how it sounds .
I'll hopefully get it set in the cabinet tomorrow and give it a listen and if I have everything together right it wil be nice and quiet . I'll give a post then and let you know how it sounds .