Mr.Burns wrote:Could we possibly get some close up photos at component level? I can see most of the guts in the pics on the FYD site, but I'm curious because I'm considering building something like this for myself and am trying to get a parts list together. I'm not quite bright enough to look at a schematic and layout and decide what parts I need, so I figured the pictorial layout was a good starting point. Unless somebody already has a parts list made up...
Lurie posted some pretty detailed pics and dialog as he was developing his unit over on the hoffman amps forum. At one point I was thinking about building my own preamp as well... but once I bought an SMS, it was over. For the most part it would be a good learning experience, but not a money saving venture. Both pre's are highly derivative (even a copy) of the ab763 twin circuit, but each guy did have to figure some stuff out. (I still have all those parts, and at this point they will likely go towards a 20-30 watt 6V6/6L6, single channel grab and go combo with a D120).
Open circuits like this are nearly impossible to protect, either legally or by obfuscation (i.e.: dumble). That said, copying someones ideas for profit is not at all cool.
Jon... I don't know of anyone else that owns both the SMS and the FYS... if you have the chance to do any A/B comparisons... would love to hear your thoughts.