I was able to spend much time soldering over the past day, in increments of a couple of minutes here and there, and it’s going well so far. Here’s an action shot of a bunch of resistor stems awaiting the sweet kiss of molten metal:
The soldering itself has been a breeze, although the tip on my cheapo soldering iron is starting to act up, so it isn’t melting the solder as quickly as it should.
I must say that the quality of the Gristlizer’s PCB is absolutely superb. Compared to the one for my last project, the Theremax…well, there’s no comparison; this one is just much cleaner and easier to work, with almost no potential for unwanted bridging, at least thus far. The layout is impeccable and the manufacturing seems perfect.
On the other hand, human error has lent me a few setbacks. Somehow I wound up ordering from Mouser an enormous (relatively) capacitor that has nothing to do with this project, instead of the small one I actually needed. I also somehow wound up not ordering a bunch of things I should have, including a few resistors and capacitors. One of these, the .47u capacitor, is I believe the item that the enormous capacitor SHOULD have been. Tomorrow I will need to scavenge at Radio Shack to see if they have equivalent parts for the ones I neglected to order. If not, I’ll need to order those parts online and the project will need to wait another week.
So below is how things are looking now. Pretty good. All of the resistors, and some of the capacitors, are in. I am more eager than ever to finish this and hear how it sounds, but I’m also having a great time building it.