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« on: March 21, 2021, 09:19:49 AM »
We're working on some new videos that demonstrate some tips and tricks for building Bottlehead kits. To simplify finding this stuff I have finally gotten off my butt and created the Bottlehead YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbC3oem8P8u8hD_JCo4MNxg

For starters I have simply reloaded some old existing videos that were scattered about for the past few years on my personal channels. New content is coming soon, possibly later this week.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2021, 10:49:29 AM »
Nice! Looking forward to it!
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2021, 03:23:33 AM »
Very nice. I know that for me YouTube has become very helpful and this sounds like another great site. I have already subscribed to it.

Maybe you should pin discussion so it stays at the top.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2021, 05:46:55 AM »
I'll pin it when we add the new content. It will be more in depth, longer. Editing is coming along nicely and will be wrapped up soon.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2021, 01:47:22 PM »


New videos landing this week! How to assemble, stain and finish your wood base. How to paint your chassis panel and transformer bell.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2021, 04:04:31 PM »
Great knowledge sharing. I have no doubt that this will help newbies and old farts like me alike.

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2021, 04:22:07 PM »
Bad ass doctor I'm nervous to make an appointment!
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2021, 04:49:45 AM »
First new video of our The Doctor Is In series is up on our YouTube channel! I demonstrate some really simple wood base assembly and finishing techniques that have a high probability of success. Thanks to Ben Rupp for the excellent video production and Art Khu for the excellent music -

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2021, 08:59:18 AM »
Episode two of The Doctor Is In is now live. In this one I show you how the prep and paint a chassis panel and transformer cover.

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2021, 09:09:45 AM »
These are really great, nice work Doc.
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2021, 10:01:56 AM »
Thanks for the kind words. It's easy for me to look at them and think "man, I could have shown a lacquer finish, layering different stains, polishing and bluing the bell, powder coat, etc.". But since most of our customers are just getting into this DIY world I am trying to convey really simple ways to get great looking results. Hopefully this will be useful. Maybe down the road I can do some more advanced finishes, too.

I'm compiling a list of ideas for more videos. I'll tackle a few known sticking points like we have done in the past with the short videos about soldering a power switch, assembling a heat sink, etc. At some point I will do a full kit build or two, once we figure out a way to do it without putting everyone to sleep. If anyone has some suggestions for other videos (aside from "a detailed course on designing tube amps") please post them here.
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Re: New YouTube channel
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2021, 11:01:54 AM »
Nice videos Doc. How about a proper soldering video as it seems like 90% of faults are solder related. The section at the end of your manuals is good but I wonder how many people read it. I have thought that perhaps that section should be in front of the instructions.
Just spitballing here.
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2021, 11:06:19 AM »
As PB says, "yeah, there's only 68K how to solder videos on youtube".  ;) But I hear you. One that deals specifically with soldering our kits could be very useful and is in the plans.
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2021, 11:18:07 AM »
If people watch a vid about wrapping the wire around the term. to get a nice fillet, and trimming excess leads and account for those clipped schniblings that can get you later on, perhaps PB's sanity can be exploited much more to your benefit.
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2021, 11:32:42 AM »
+1 for a how-to soldering video showing how to crimp, solder and trim. I would suggest using as examples the Crack ground connections at the headphone jack and the nearby center lug of the 5 terminal strip -- those seem to be common culprits.

Related idea: solder a Crack using way too little heat and crappy mechanical connections. Then show the test results (wrongs resistances/voltages). Then properly attach reflow all joints, and show perfect test measurements.  And give it a listen with a satisfied smile on your face. Obviously not all in real time.

This might go a good way towards convincing people of the benefits of simply reflowing all connections in a non-working amp rather than spending 10X the time looking for the particular joint(s) causing the problem.

cheers, Derek