Originally Posted by FearSC549
I've been soldering for a few years now, playing with circuits, making some custom switches/controls, and recabled numerous headphones. Is the Bottlehead Crack worth the money? The components look simple but the price is pretty high
The Crack is a fantastic sounding amp. I've built two of them, plus the Bottlehead Sex.
Originally Posted by Oberst Oswald
One thing I noticed with DIY is that you can only have so many amps. Once you buy your stuff to start building your first amp there comes a point where you start thinking "what's next". For example...Mcoy>Starving Student>MiniMax>S.E.X.>Beta 22>Bijou> etc. If you figure that the Beta 22 is about the top in a DYI solid state amp and the Bijou with tubes than after you build them you have to enter the realm of the hardcore (www.diyaudio.com) And that is is different world indeed. By this time you have so many amps you start thinking...with all the money & time I could of bought, for example, a Cavalli Liquid Fire (and enjoy the music) which is most likely better than anything I could of built. Sooo... unless you want to learn something and will be satisfied when you reach the end of kits and "store bought" printed circuit boards that maybe you would like to reconsider your commitment that will be necessary.
I'm hitting that sort of point in my (so far relatively short) DIY path. I can build stuff, but I have to treat it all mostly as a somewhat expensive and very time consuming learning experience (not to mention the amount of space a workshop takes up). At the end of the day, my stuff doesn't look nearly as nice as the store bought stuff, it doesn't necessarily sound any better, and it's bigger and possibly cost more. I've been tempted to start etching my own boards, but have deliberately steered away from that. The same goes for woodworking tools.
I've got a few projects on the backburner right now, and assuming I ever finish them I've got half a mind to hang up my DIY bootstraps. I enjoy it, but it's a time and money sink which quite frankly I don't have too much of and could just as well be spent on less demanding hobbies. My schedule and wallet would be much happier if I just bought a commercial amp and stopped there.