Winetree

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #60 on: July 27, 2017, 08:25:49 PM »
Great job providing the Mouser and Digikey Carts along with the Build Guide.
My parts have arrived and looking forward to the kits and the build.
Thanks again.


elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #61 on: July 27, 2017, 11:39:48 PM »
Thank you for the comment.

I look forward to receiving your feedback  ;)

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #62 on: July 29, 2017, 12:45:28 PM »
Great. Build docs are nicely done! More then what I was expecting.

Winetree

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #63 on: July 31, 2017, 04:36:52 PM »
I received the kits today. I've built over a 100 kits and have already commented but I will again.
Build guide, Part Carts, communication, excellent.
Great quality of parts, P.S.B.s, Faceplates, Knobs, Hardware, Even down to the packing.
Everything arrived in in good condition.
You've done it all like a pro.

jrasia

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #64 on: August 01, 2017, 12:49:21 PM »
EQually impressed! 
Top notch kits.

elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #65 on: August 01, 2017, 10:41:41 PM »
Thank you guys for the comments!
Let me know how your build goes.

Winetree

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #66 on: August 02, 2017, 02:39:37 AM »
Got the 4  boards done and cleaned through step 12.
 Got a ways to go with switches, assembly and calibration.
Probably next week.

loafman

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #67 on: August 02, 2017, 03:09:37 PM »
Received my kits today. Everything looks great. Thanks!

jrasia

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #68 on: August 02, 2017, 10:52:59 PM »
Fits like a glove. Probabaly one of the best builds I've had the pleasure of doing.

Really need a jig to calibrate these though.

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #69 on: August 02, 2017, 11:12:18 PM »
Received mine yesterday, waiting on parts order. Look great.


Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #70 on: August 04, 2017, 10:32:22 PM »
Great build! Mine are finished, but not calibrated. A couple observations.... I had to file down the notches in the PCB where the gain pots go (the ones where you have to bend the pins). Otherwise they were a little too wide. It would probably have been less messy to do that first.... no big deal though.

Also, I would recommend loosely fitting the bypass switch pcb until the faceplate is on, and you're sure the switch will cleanly engage/disengage .  I found it best to only solder one of the pins on the 6 pin header -- that way it's easier to adjust the position of the switch if needed.  On one of mine, it took a little finagling, but the other was a piece of cake.

A very enjoyable build though, and the mouser BOM (plus digikey) was perfect.

 

elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #71 on: August 04, 2017, 11:03:02 PM »
I had to file down the notches in the PCB where the gain pots go (the ones where you have to bend the pins).
You shouldn't have to file the pcb. There's clearance for the blue plastic case of the potentiometer and that's all you need.
Thanks for the comments

elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #72 on: August 04, 2017, 11:04:58 PM »
Fits like a glove. Probabaly one of the best builds I've had the pleasure of doing.

Really need a jig to calibrate these though.
Nice build! Dale resistors  ;)

elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #73 on: August 05, 2017, 10:13:17 AM »
Really need a jig to calibrate these though.
Easiest option is a 500 Connector Extender:

http://soundskulptor.com/uk/proddetail.php?prod=XT500KIT

https://www.jlmaudio.com/shop/500-51x-extender-cable-kit.html

http://capi-gear.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=87_88&products_id=406

https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=52462.0 (Module Extender Kit)

Another option is to build a permanent test jig using the Rackit PCB from Igor :

http://www.ramshacklerecording.com/products/rackit/

Final option, if you have tiny hook test leads and a Bench Power Supply, you can connect directly to the 12 pin header. The pins are labeled on the PCB.
Be careful not to short the pins. Connect the leads first, then apply power.


Cheers

elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #74 on: August 11, 2017, 09:26:53 AM »
Hi Guys,
Anyone overseas (Europe) received their kits?

TwentyTrees

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #75 on: August 11, 2017, 09:54:26 AM »
Yep! Received safe and sound in London, beautifully packed and presented. Top work!

Looking forward to getting going with it.

Hi Guys,
Anyone overseas (Europe) received their kits?


elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #76 on: August 11, 2017, 10:35:59 AM »
Yep! Received safe and sound in London, beautifully packed and presented. Top work!

Looking forward to getting going with it.

Excellent!
Thanks

Vac11

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #77 on: August 11, 2017, 11:13:37 AM »
Yes, boards are in my home. Very well packed! Thank you very much!

M.

elskardio

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #78 on: August 11, 2017, 03:11:32 PM »
Yes, boards are in my home. Very well packed! Thank you very much!

M.
Glad everything arrived in good condition   ;)

Lagrange

Re: CA-250 EQ // 3 band Sontec in 500 format
« Reply #79 on: August 12, 2017, 04:14:21 AM »
Hi!

One more happy European here!
I just finished my pair yesterday (have to wait for a test jig to calibrate, though). I have to say the build was extremely pleasant! The build guide is really top quality, I'd even say it's on a par with Chunger's legendary photodiaries! Detailed, but not going overboard and showing every single resistor. Extra plus from me for the friendly reminder in step 18 -- It usually takes me at least one molten Wima cap to remember to be careful with the soldering iron in small spaces!  ;D

I also really enjoyed the attention to detail in the design, especially the use of locking nuts, knobs with detents, ease of assembly and so on. :)
The mouser and digikey carts also worked perfectly and for a pair of EQs it was possible to split the order evenly between the two stores to avoid both of the shipping costs (to Europe it's around $20 for orders less than $50).

I agree with mdmitch2 that it might be a good idea not to solder the bypass switch pcb completely before fitting the faceplate for the final time (of course I only thought of this afterwards). The fitting worked out well for me in the end, but having a chance to move the bypass pcb in the final stages would probably make it easier to get the switch to move more freely, as the hole of the switch is a pretty snug fit.

And there's definitely no need to file or modify the pcb.

Thanks again for the extremely nice build! I can't wait to testdrive these!


 

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