Let me tell you a little about myself and the system I am putting together...
I went to school to be an automobile mechanic. Currently I live on the edge of Detroit, and work on the development of prototype vehicles for one of the many big companies here. I have almost no experience building electronic kits. I also have little to no experience with tube amps or 'Hi-Fi' sound systems. I have been a DJ and a record collector for a long time. These days I am really just a record collector and listener. I have a big record collection and a loud PA system that for years I have used to play music at home. Aside from a turntable, the only other audio source I use is a (low quality) digital source. I either plug in my laptop or my phone and listen to MP3s or I stream Pandora or some other form of internet radio or podcast.
Earlier this Summer, I was given an old pair of Ohm D2 speakers in excellent condition. I plugged these into the only amp I had to run them... Some old solid state Kenwood home theater amp that I was using in my garage. I plugged in a Technics SL-1200MK2 turntable with a Shure M97xE MM cartridge to the phono stage of the Kenwood. Record after record, I was really surprised how much better this set-up sounded than my "loud-speaker-sytem". My records had new life! I mean really, I was surprised by what I had been missing!
So, I started looking for a sweet amp to drive these speakers. After a bit of research I decided I would build a VTA ST-70 kit w/ cap upgrades. I then got in touch with Roy and after a bit of discussion decided to have him build me a VTA SP12/PH12 preamp.
Up until now I have had very little to add to this site, but since there was a bit of lead time for Roy to order parts and build the preamp, I thought I would take my time with the ST-70 build and take a lot of photos to document my progress.
From beginning to end Bob's kit is an absolute pleasure to build!!! His instructions and pictorials are concise and easy to follow. It is also very reassuring to know that Bob is just an email away. I did email him a couple of times with questions, and I don't think I ever waited more than 10 minutes for an answer. That is AMAZING customer service!!! Thanks Bob!
Thanks to everyone here for their contributions!!!