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« on: September 15, 2008, 07:35:38 PM »

So, I just ordered this amp kit today from Nik. This will be my first attempt at building an amplifier. I'm looking forward to receiving it. I'm very excited but also a little bit bemused. I have some minimal electronics experience (wiring guitars, that kind of thing) but that's it. Any advice? or would anyone like to point me in the direction of a good resource site for the DIYer? I hear that you can experience really bad electrical shock if you don't know what you're doing. So, any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 01:27:46 AM »

"Really bad" doesnt cover it, you can get a "LETHAL" shock from any power transformer.

READ THIS -

http://www.aikenamps.com/SafetyTips.html

THEN READ IT AGAIN, THEN AGAIN, THEN AGAIN.

Then go here http://music-electronics-forum.com/, sign up, go to the amp forums, then the 'build your own amp' section then the 'tweed builders' section and read all the posts you can find on 5F1 builds.

Building amps can be fun and safe, but for God's sake if you don't know exactly what you are doing at any point ask questions on forums until you get the answers you need.

You only ever make ONE lethal mistake.

Good luck.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 01:55:01 PM »

Thanks Cat! I really appreciate that you took the time to warn me and point me in the direction of some good safety resources. I'll be sure to do as you say. Thanks again!

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008, 03:42:44 PM »

Ya, here are some videos that are now on youtube. You should be able to find the others from this one:
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2008, 02:51:19 AM »

Thanks Cat! I really appreciate that you took the time to warn me and point me in the direction of some good safety resources. I'll be sure to do as you say. Thanks again!

Justin

No worries calis, I didn't want to sound patronising but its really important to know your stuff when working with high voltages, Id hate to hear of someone getting hurt because noone bothered to take 5 mins to point them in the direction of some saftey instructions.. If you do some reading and ask a lot of questions you'll be fine, there's nothing that cant be done with a little know-how.

Definitely watch the videos by Gabi (soudgaragetales.com) too. Really helps to see him do each stage.

Good luck, I'm sure Ill see you round the various forums.

Cat

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