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Topic: Kits!
Posted By: Graham Slee
Subject: Kits!
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2008 at 7:03am
Announced prematurely elsewhere, kits are to feature in the Graham Slee product line-up.

We're hurriedly trying to move servers with our dedicated new audio kit and diy website http://www.diyaudiokits.co.uk - www.diyaudiokits.co.uk

Once that's done we'll be adding content as fast as we can. There will be a headphone amp kit and a phono stage kit within weeks, plus materials kits for making interconnect cables - not only phono to phono, but XLR, DIN, jack, etc too!

So if you like kits and diy, start spreading the word - new kits! new kits!


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Posted By: robert_cyrus
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2008 at 5:41pm
Ooooh that's great news, I'd be delighted to build something from Graham Slee myself.
I have the Era gold V with psu1, I'm interested in the kit for a headphone amplifier.
Will this be similar to the GSP Solo?
thanks, Robert


Posted By: dc2
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2008 at 5:56pm
Great idea,
MM or MC or both for the phono stage?
Will you be offering a PSU with the kits or recommending manufactures part numbers?


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2008 at 2:03am
The headphone amplifier will be the http://www.gspaudio-community.activeboards.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=8 - "Duette" we're currently working round the clock on, to try and get it launched at the Bristol hi-fi show by the end of February.

It is a discrete design which should be easily built by most kit enthusiasts - spares being easily available in cases where experimentation goes wrong...

The phono preamp is my first daring attempt (in public that is) to do both MM and MC in the same box. In fact it's one of two phono preamps: We are to do the Gram Amp 1 phono preamp in kit form too.

The kits are to include all the necessary parts including the power supply (and case with pre-punched and printed panels), except we're not planning to do the PSU1 as a kit, but it could be bought to power them. We have a little plug-top linear that we could do as a kit but we can only get the case in the three square pin (UK) configuration. I will try to persuade the manufacturer to do a US version and European version too, but the UK one can be used in Europe with an adapter - not so the US one.


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Posted By: fault151
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 4:17pm
Wow! id love to have a go at making something, i guess Graham you will have a list of whats available when you get the site up and running? 

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Posted By: fault151
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 5:07pm
Graham- are you adding the voyager as a kit form or is it just the two you have mentioned for now? 

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Posted By: fault151
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 5:09pm
by the way, i think its a good move producing them as kit form, i guess it must ease up pressure on you and John to hand make them each time. 

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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 5:25pm
We thought it would be good to offer the kits so they looked just like the "real McCoy" with the adage of "constructors series" on the nameplate for obvious reasons...

And don't forget, these DIY kits are going to be mainstream products too.

A Voyager kit could be a little advanced for most and I have my reservations, but I've been known to cave-in to large numbers of people badgering me Wink


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Posted By: fault151
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 5:43pm
The only reason i'm asking is that i don't have any vinyls or a record player, i already have a green solo, so id like a voyager next. Would it not be ideal to have all of your equipment in kit form? Any idea what the price tag will be on the kits you have in mind Graham?


I can't wait to see whats available.

Smile


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Posted By: Sol
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 9:28pm
Originally posted by fault151 fault151 wrote:

The only reason i'm asking is that i don't have any vinyls or a record player, i already have a green solo, so id like a voyager next. Would it not be ideal to have all of your equipment in kit form? Any idea what the price tag will be on the kits you have in mind Graham?


I can't wait to see whats available.

Smile
 
I have to agree on all accounts .. I have a Solo and a Reflex ... I'd love a Voyarer, and would be more than happy to make one up.
 
Perhaps Graham would be willing to provide a linear 5V 2a PSU? (just because my Wellborne Labs Squeeze box PSU has died, and I so miss the improvement it makes to my stream FLAC content) - maybe if I ask nicely GSP might consider having a gander and repairing it ;o)
 
 


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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2008 at 11:08pm
Now let's see...

In the last half hour it's been suggested I do more interconnects, a speaker cable, mains lead, mains distribution possibly filtered, a turntable, an amp, the Voyager as a DIY kit and a power supply (kit?).

It's just taken me 6 months to almost fully perfect a discrete class A headphone amp (sshhhh, keep it under your hat...LOL). That makes about 5 years solid slog.

If I start work on a Voyager kit now, do you think by the time it's launched there'll be enough customers to make it viable? Wink


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Posted By: jonclancy
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2008 at 12:27pm
Hi Graham,
 
Well, this is excellent news indeed! Tongue  I agree with Sol, though - Voyager kit would be ace.  You'll just have to increase working more than 25 hours a day! Wink
 
Seriously, thanks for making this opportunity available.
 
Jon


Posted By: fault151
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2008 at 7:40pm
I think the reason a voyager kit would be a great idea is that it's not as expensive as your other gear and people may like to have a go at one as more of an affordable project. Thats the way i loook at it and your also going to be left with a great quality little toy. Big%20smile




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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2008 at 9:39pm
I've been listening to the replies here and from other sources and the opinion seems to be the Duette is an amp too far. Better to concentrate on something on similar lines to the Solo but at a much more affordable price.

I've been working on a circuit as I let slip above, however, the class A could not be made to do the sound quality I want, and feel the customer wants, without resorting to silly money. What I wanted to do was make something using readily available and inexpensive transistors, that's really easy to build and I think I may have pulled it off.

I could have a problem on my hands as I could easily listen to this thing instead of my Solo. The Solo still has the edge IMO, but this transistor design is good. I hope Leo doesn't mind me saying this, but he's building one from my design notes so we all get some independent feedback, and I can't wait for it to "burn-in" for him to start his listening tests.


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Posted By: leo
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2008 at 12:02am
Its currently burning in nowWink


Posted By: jonclancy
Date Posted: 31 Mar 2008 at 9:25pm
 
Is it burned in yet???   Thumbs%20Up
 
Jon


Posted By: XTRProf
Date Posted: 04 Apr 2008 at 11:33am
Hi Graham,
 
What are in the list for kits?
 
 
Thanks. Smile


Posted By: leo
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2008 at 3:01am
Originally posted by jonclancy jonclancy wrote:

 
Is it burned in yet???   Thumbs%20Up
 
Jon


Its not had chance yet,  had quite a few updates LOL


Posted By: bozzy
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2008 at 8:13pm
good to seeya here Sol...


Posted By: jonclancy
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2008 at 5:37pm
Now is it burned in??????  Smile


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2008 at 10:55pm
It's nearly burned-in again...

But I'm not sure which amp this thread is now referring to? ConfusedSmile

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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 29 Jul 2008 at 5:18pm
Pssst!

Wanna PSU1 power supply in kit form?

See my thread http://www.gspaudio-community.activeboards.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=210 - PSU1 Constructors Series Kit for further details...

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Posted By: leo
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2008 at 1:42am
Originally posted by Graham Slee Graham Slee wrote:

It's nearly burned-in again...

But I'm not sure which amp this thread is now referring to? ConfusedSmile
 
 
 
 
 

I think things have moved on a bit since the one I built ehWink
Saying that though it sounds damn fine!   not bad for a pile of bits soldered together making a funky looking scultureLOL


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2008 at 9:39am
Leo, are you up for being on the http://www.gspaudio-community.activeboards.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=224 - beta testers list?

Or do you want to test it like I heard you test other amps? Wink


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Posted By: PinkFloyd
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2009 at 10:53am
How are the kits coming along Graham?

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Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2009 at 12:36am
Good question Mike, inquiring minds want to know! Wink

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Posted By: iamalexis
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2009 at 5:53pm
i have just discovered the world of graham slee and i'm excited by the diy kits!

i have just upgraded to an era gold v phono pre amp (intro version) and would like to know more about the kits....

the diy power supply, is that similar to the psu1? when will this kit be available and at what price?

how technical/skilled do you need to be? i have little experience in the world of electronics and my soldering skills are limited! the most soldering i have done is soldering jack and xlr plugs...

i'm also interested in the kit version of the novo headphone amp...

p.s apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere, it's my first post...


Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2009 at 6:38am
Hi Mike, Miguel and new member Alexis,

I think Mike noticed things were getting a bit "long-winded" around here some time ago Embarrassed

Is it because I keep "pushing the boundaries"? Or is it my age! Pinch

Actually I think I may have been in auto-pilot mode and now I realise that in a way I'm pushing something away other than what is commonly considered boundaries - it's the component supply industry - see my blog-article http://www.gspaudio-community.activeboards.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=376 - The Fast Flowing Sands of Time . Remember old ECQB? Only saw "him" the other day! Dead? And it happened so quick! (the ECQB is a range of capacitors well-loved by some enthusiasts, made by Panasonic, but not anymore)

What do I mean "Auto-Pilot Mode"? Well, when I decided to get into vinyl gear commercially, it had all but disappeared, and now quite a few audio-quality components are heading that way too.

That partially explains the pregnant pause in the kits (trying to ensure [a degree at least] consistency of supply), the other reason's been lack of that good old commodity - precious time - due to working on existing gear each time we discover a component in short supply.

But, the good news is! This week the kits are being kitted-up!

There is the one final test that will hopefully answer Alexis's question, can my 9 year old son build a Novo? He's never handled a soldering iron before, but he has got me so I guess that's an unfair advantage, but a 9 year old will be taking the first kit for a test drive, and hopefully we'll find out any bugs and fix them this week.


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Posted By: tg
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2009 at 7:30am
This is good news, IIRC there was some talk of a change-over board upgrade DIY for the original "green" Solo to bring it to SRG level, is that perhaps on the list also ?


Posted By: iamalexis
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2009 at 10:45am
hello

that's brilliant news! i look forward to hearing how your son gets on building the novo.

one more question - if somehow one manages to break or damage a component whilst assembling the kit, will it be possible to buy replacement components from you?


Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2009 at 11:40pm
Graham don't do this to your kid! Wink Please, you will enslave him to audio for the rest of his life. Evil%20Smile

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Posted By: jonclancy
Date Posted: 15 Feb 2009 at 10:33pm
My ten year old (at the time) had no trouble with 2 x Velleman kits.  I was hoping for an assembly Elf, but sadly directions change..... Wink

Cheers

Jon


Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2009 at 12:38am

Jon, you are young! go and make another one! Wink



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Posted By: jonclancy
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2009 at 9:33am
... in the fact that she prefers the sewing machine nowadays!! Cry
 
More kids? Not bleeding likely! Wink 
 
Jon


Posted By: Jitter
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2009 at 5:16pm
Just joined - first post
 
 
Really interested in kits.
 
Just ordered a Solo SRG but like the idea of building a power supply for it.
 
I'm also thinking about an improvement on amplification for my iPOD.  Something battery powered.............
 
Go on, let us have a go at a voyager, otherwise I'm just build a Cmoy in  metal box. Wink


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Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2009 at 1:39am
A portable is simply an op-amp. Only as good as its implementation. Or you could choose an old Raytheon chip - now that's what I call safe (but dull).

What I'd really like to restart is the good ol' British Electronics Mag - circuits to spark-off the imagination - so sadly missing today and reflected in British design culture (count me out on that...)


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Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2009 at 1:15am
Received my board kit today!
 


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Posted By: iamalexis
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2009 at 12:55pm
good luck with assembling your novo kit


Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2009 at 11:12pm
Thanks Alexis.

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Posted By: oqvist
Date Posted: 26 May 2009 at 2:46pm
Hi!

Some evil tongues over at head fi mentioned something about a solo to SRG kit or perhaps even a further jump? Or is that just my wishful thinking? I currently has a Slee Solo 2007 with PSU1.

I have the problem the Slee Solo is just to good for me to be able to justify a straight jump to the SRG without knowing what I get  and it´s impossible to get to hear one where I live.

If there is such a kit what skills do you have to have? soldering? I am about as bad of a DIY as you get :)




Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 26 May 2009 at 8:09pm
oqvist, Graham is working on a kit to convert the silver cased Solo's to Solo SRG. It is not out yet.

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Posted By: monty99
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2009 at 12:33am
As a newbie on the site .. would be keen to pick up a PSU1 kit if such a thing exists yet.
 
Has it been released?


Posted By: jonclancy
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2009 at 11:20am
Originally posted by mrarroyo mrarroyo wrote:

oqvist, Graham is working on a kit to convert the silver cased Solo's to Solo SRG. It is not out yet.


Now available here:

http://www.headphoneamplifiersusb.com/solosrgiiupgrade.htm - http://www.headphoneamplifiersusb.com/solosrgiiupgrade.htm

Jon


Posted By: mrarroyo
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2009 at 11:51pm
Nice going there, congratulations.

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Posted By: adwatts
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2013 at 4:02pm
looking forward to the new e-comerce site. It will really enable you to simplify the process and cut out the middleman reseller a bit.



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