Category Archives: Projects

These articles are project-based and where there is a group of related articles or a series. They might also be ideas or projects for you to try at home.

Record Storage – IKEA Kallax Makes Storing Vinyl a Breeze!

Organising vinyl can be challenging at the best of times. If you’ve ever watched High Fidelity, and you should have, you’ll know that you can spend ages just working out how to categorise and sort your records. Before we get to that though, there is the age-old issue of how to store them…

Well, I’m happy to say that IKEA comes to the rescue once again, with a great range of storage solutions that suit records perfectly.… Read more

Krell KSA-200S Class-A Amplifier Repair and Restoration

I am about to embark on a Krell KSA-200S Class-A Amplifier Repair and Restoration, in this case for a very good friend of mine.   

As many of you will know, the Krell KSA-200S is a beast of an amplifier, up there with the very best products Krell ever made. It is almost unliftable by one person, being hewn from solid slabs of steel and aluminium.… Read more

Building a Resistance Calibration Standard

I decided to build a resistance standard, for use with my test and measurement gear and good enough that I could some calibration on test and measurement equipment owned by other people. I wanted to build something that would not be prohibitively expensive and that would allow me to reliably calibrate the resistance ranges of my two Keithley bench multimeters and various Fluke hand-held DMMs to at least 0.01% accuracy.… Read more

Re-Sleeve your Record Collection!

I’ve purchased some great new vinyl of late and recently took delivery of some great new polypropylene record sleeves. I get asked lots of questions about how I sleeve and house my records, so I figured I’d write an article about re-sleeving your record collection!

There are two main types of record outer sleeve: polyethylene and polypropylene.… Read more

Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC Modifications, Part 3 – ERO Goodness!

I recently finished another round of modifications to my Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Class A Tube DAC. In this post, I go into details about the changes and the MIL-spec vintage parts I’ve used!

Actually, I will do some more power supply modifications in 2018, more on that when it happens. This is part three, in an ongoing process to develop and evaluate the best performance mods for the wonderful Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 DAC.… Read more

LM3886 Chip-Amp / Gainclone Amplifier Project Build

I recently built a dual-mono LM3886 chip-amp / gainclone amplifier from a kit sold by Brian Bell, at chipamp.com. In this article, I discuss the history of the gainclone and how I built my first chip-amp!

The LM3886 is one of National Semiconductor’s single-chip monolithic amplifier integrated circuits. It’s almost an entire  amplifier-on-a-chip, with only a few extra parts required to build a fully functional, high-performance amplifier.… Read more

Krell KSA-150 Amplifier Repair & Restoration

This video documents my comprehensive overhaul and restoration of a gorgeous Krell KSA-150 class-A power amplifier.

This wonderful KSA-150 developed a serious fault at some point in the past. This had been quickly fixed and was sold to me in very poorly repaired condition. Because of this, I decided to completely overhaul the amplifier and restore it back to factory condition, using original spec or better parts.… Read more

Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver Build

I’ve just finished building a Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver kit and wanted to share some of the build process with you.

The Ten-Tec 1253 is a gorgeous little regenerative shortwave receiver, that is sensitive and fun to build and use. Building the Ten-Tec 1253 was fairly straightforward, there are a couple of little things to watch out for, but it was otherwise a relatively easy build for an experienced constructor.… Read more