So I got my kit last week, everything was there (so far, I haven't opened the speedball bag yet), and I've had a ball assembling this thing.
So I decided to try things a little differently...
I bought a sheet of 18"x6" 16 gauge copper to make my own top plate, I really wanted the power and signal inputs on the back and the volume and headphone jack on the front. I thought polished copper would be an interesting look. That and I threw in brass 80 mesh screen and a bronze washer to accent the vent. I don't have the tools to put the cooling slots in so I cut a 1.5" hole, lined it with the mesh and covered it with a 1.25" ID, 2" OD bronze thrust washer. I have some brass strips on the way to use as straps to "hold" the top down. I thought an old fashioned metal look would be fun. Of course I'm going to spend a lot of time polishing this thing, it takes fingerprints like you wouldn't believe.
At any rate, assembly went well, about 4 hours of soldering, the resistance checks all went well. SO I clenched up and plugged it in, no smoke or fire and the voltage checks were all good. When I plugged it in though there was NO sound. I traced though everything looking for something loose, then I got the instructions out and started looking them over. When I tried watching the headphone jack push in and out I realized it was spring loaded and the side of the jack that the inputs go into is actually important. SInce the jack isn't on the top plate I spun it around so I could access the holes to solder them, and I wired it backwards. Everything checked normal with the headphone plug out, but as soon as you plugged it in, I lost signal. Some swearing and about 10 minutes of desoldering and re-soldering and the amp worked beautifully.
I'm very impressed with the kit and the instructions, everything was clear and easy, thankfully there was extra wire, as some of my wire runs were longer than called for in the instructions.
Now I need to figure out what to do with my top plate and wood. Build a second one?
Beautiful build. Congrats!