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Compared to a Starving Student, yes, but even a Starving Student is too expensive when compared to a CMoy. The best that you can hope for is that there's a proportionate increase in performance at each level. I'll leave that judgment to others, though.
There are almost none here mate :S I'm with the exact same problem here. Import taxes and shipping is just killing me, so I end up spending close to double the US price for a project. I think there are such projects around, but it might take some searching. Maybe the YAHA, it's not a highend build at all but it's a great compact, fun and learning scheme to build. I'm planning on doing that myself one day soon.
talk about thread revival lol
if you really want to build a starving student, refer to Pierre's custom build. he hasn't been active on the forums in a while but he's from France and may be able to help source parts.
This is common knowledge in the Starving Student support thread, but I guess it should be posted here because I keep getting enquiries:
The SSMH PCB is no longer available.
There are not enough stocks left of the 19J6 to support a full manufacturing run of PCBs. However, the 12AU7 variation of the SSMH is documented here:
and many have built this version point-to-point with great success.
Sorry, I'm not building them for sale - just as DIY kits. Hopefully, you'll soon see some for sale as others order and build them, perhaps.
You might want to try to limit your post quote next time ... no need to include all of those photos when you're just asking a question.
Thanks for the kind comments! Glad you're enjoying it!
Just an FYI, I have a customer who may have experienced great difficulty with his SSMH with regard to the LED resistor. I'm not certain yet whether that is the cause, but additional warnings come at no price whatsoever. So, for those contemplating building the SSMH kit, please note the following about the LED resistor and standoff provided in the kit:
These quotes are taken directly from the SSMH website, here: http://diyforums.org/SSMH/SSMHconstruct5.php
and the first page in this very same SSMH Build Thread.
Further, here is the photo used to illustrate the situation:
Please note the proximity of the resistor lead to the standoff! If you are not careful to solder the resistor flush to the PCB and bend the leads at the absolute joint at the end-surface of the resistor, you may short the LED resistor onto the standoff. Since we are always looking for good grounding in our amps, there are also specific instructions for scraping the anodizing off around the standoff mounting hole in the case lid. So, a short at this standoff can cause significant problems.
As you can see in the photo, it should not be an issue and there is adequate clearance if you follow the recommendations. Further, be absolutely certain you use the smaller washers for spacing beneath this standoff. A regular #4 washer will definitely short out on the resistor lead.
I suppose if someone were really wishing to be extra-cautious, you could literally bend the leads to offset the resistor to the right in this photo. That would give you some additional clearance, even.