I received my (incredibly well packaged) VTA 70 kit Friday from Bob. I have the transformers in, sockets and just started wiring and hooking up, have yet to assemble the circuit board. Overall it is pretty easy to follow, but it is, without a doubt, tedious and very easy to make a mistake if you don't get organized right from the start. I took a plastic folding table out (6 feet long) and taped white drawing paper (which I pilfered from my daughters drawing desk) to it so I have a uniform, while, clean surface. I then laid out a towel to avoid scratching the case. I have the Weller analog station, it is a studly piece of equipment, I paid $119 a week ago online. I have soldered all of about three contacts, and I'm not really sure the technique, they're clean and holding tight. And, it is very easy, out of fear of being too short, to make each lead just "a bit" longer to be safe, then find you have a heck of a lot of wire in there to hide! It's not hard, it's laid out well. My take is this: you do it to save money or for the enjoyment of it. Doing it to save money is pointless, for Cripes sake, it's a tube amp which will lead to more CD or record players, and probably a better pre-amp, and certainly new speakers, then there's tubes to buy...so saving money shouldn't be a major goal. Do it because you want to do it and be satisfied with it. Like doing your own car maintenance, sometimes what takes you a weekend to do costs you more in time, energy and parts than just having a mechanic do it. So while I enjoy it, I would echo what someone else said, what Bob charges to do this is reasonable. There are a LOT of parts!