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Re: First time build
Reply #15 - 11/30/12 at 13:21:59
 
Just a little update: My parts from Parts Express arrived yesterday.
I still need the transformers and the items from Mouser.
Mouser was out of stock on two items so they will not ship the other stuff until the order is complete. I figure the transformers will take a long time so there is no rush on the other stuff.

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Reply #16 - 12/04/12 at 16:56:03
 
John...

PM'd you, missed your request for the resistors.  My bad!  Will get them out tomorrow.

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Reply #17 - 12/04/12 at 19:45:51
 
Thanks for sending them.
I got the Mouser parts yesterday. Just waiting on the transformers.
The more I look at your build the more I see I need. The parts list is not all that complete. I guess the more you want to dress it up the more you need. I forgot to order the power socket, fuse holder, power switch, the output tubes. I have plenty of 6JD8's.
 I got some old resistors to practice soldering on until all the parts arrive.
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Reply #18 - 12/11/12 at 01:23:42
 
Mike,
Your parts arrived today. Smiley  I think all I need are the transformers.
John
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Reply #19 - 12/22/12 at 22:38:37
 
My transformers shipped on the19th so I should getting them soon
Just in time for a long Christmas vacation.  :)
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Reply #20 - 12/29/12 at 01:16:15
 
The tranformer arrived yesterday. Bigger and heavier then I thought they would be.
Now that I have all the parts (I thinK) where do I start?

Maybe this could be a newbe guide to building a Zkit 1.
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Reply #21 - 12/29/12 at 02:02:28
 
Now the fun begins!  Have you decided on a case, or build on a board?  This may dictate which side of the PCB you solder the components, although the sockets MUST go on the blank side.

Since my board attached to the top of the case, I soldered most components to the printed side, although I put 1 of the 5W 10K resistors on the blank side...more room.  Also put the 150 5W on the blank side for the same reason.

It's always easier to solder the small parts first (including the jumpers, which are the cut ends of other components).  Working from the middle to the outside og the board helps too.

For fun, solder the sockets on first.  Then, insert your tubes.  You'll get a rush...trust me.  If you need more pictures, let me know.

Take your time.  Ask questions.  Learn.  It's great!

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Reply #22 - 12/29/12 at 12:46:28
 
Hello Mike,

I have a capacitor question.
Reguarding the 4, 1uf 400volt metal poly film cap.
Do these cap have polarities? Or does it mater.

My transformers have shipped and I should get them for next weekend.

Have you had a chance to hook up your amp to your Klipschorn?
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Reply #23 - 12/29/12 at 14:37:00
 
Hi Real

I assume you mean the four .1 uf caps...two for the coupling caps and 2 for the CCE mod?  If so, no, they are not polarized.

The only ones that are polorized are the Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors (5 total).  The boards are clearly marked as to which side is positive.  The Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors MUST BE MOUNTED correctly, or they will blow.  They are clearly marked, hopefully this picture helps.

Also, the CCE cap on the left is very tight to the 1000uf 25V cap.  Notice how I left it's leads long enough to bend it away from the cap.  

I'm planning to hook the amp to the 'Horns the weekend.  Right now, it sounds really good with the single driver speakers.

I'll be in and out all weekend, but will be happy to answer ANY questions as soon as I can.

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Reply #24 - 12/29/12 at 19:24:02
 
Thanks Mike,

My board looks much like yours.
I hope I have every thing correct.
I tracked my transformers and should be getting them by next weekend.
I plan on building my own case. I will most likely start on it next weekend.
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Reply #25 - 12/30/12 at 02:59:12
 
I started today after getting most of the part.
There are a few things about this kit you need to keep in mind.
First the parts list doesn't list all the items needed. You will also need a power switch, tubes, power cord, fuse holder, case or a board to mount it to, etc...



I also need snips, and a soldering station. I ordered this one from parts Express. It was only $13.00 on sale. It is a Stahl STSSVT. It works a lot better then the Radio Shack POS I bought many years ago. For the amount of soldering I will be doing it does just fine. I would order the larger tips, This one only comes with a fine pencil point tip.

I did this today in a couple of hours.


The soldering is not as differcult as I thought it would be and I used a magnifying glass to see the work as I solderd and after to inspect the joints. I still need to add the high watteage resistor and caps.
When I figure out how I will mount it I will add those.

Mike .. I can feel the power already




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Reply #26 - 12/30/12 at 03:13:42
 
Lookin' good, guys!  

Odd.  Looks like the new board has a place to solder the white/blue screen wires.  I assume they go nowhere???  I just cut the wires at the transformer.

Keep us updated!

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Reply #27 - 12/30/12 at 03:28:54
 
Your OK with that. The holes for the white/blu go no where - do nothing.
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Reply #28 - 01/03/13 at 23:27:31
 
I am working on the layout tonight and I am wondering if there is a min distance the transformers should stay away from the board?
I am thinking of hanging the board from a steel plate amd mounting the transformers on top. I am looking at an area of approx. 9 x 18.
That looks like I will have more than enough space to work in.

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Reply #29 - 01/03/13 at 23:57:11
 
I just received my transformer Today.

The power transformer is much larger than I expected.
I was wondering the same if the transformer should be a certain distance from the board.
I was going to put every thing on a 8X12 plate and build a box aound it.
Looks like I need more room.

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