Thanks for visiting decibellie.com (formerly blog.monkbam.com). The idea behind this thing was to have a place to document my audio projects.

In addition, I’ve been building guitar amps for a while, after years of repairing and building pro audio circuits, like compressors, mic pres and eqs. If you’ve gone back into the archives, you’ll see that those and other topics are covered here too. I’m no pro, but I have a lot of fun doing it.


ian hughes

Boston Growth Marketing

2 Responses to “About”
  1. Antti says:


    Nice and rare post!!

    Few questions..

    Should I solder components to top layer/surface only?
    Should I solder everything to pcb before installing it to case (Collective Cases)?
    What have you used on “jump”? Just wire?
    What kind of wire you prefer/suggest making connections to front panel etc..?

    • monkbam says:

      Thanks –

      1. On most PCBs, you will typically solder a component to the bottom pads. However, some high quality boards essentially create the pad through the hole and you can solder them at the top. For new work though, use the bottom pads.

      2. Yes.

      3. Find a discarded leg of a large capacitor and use that. It’s just straight wire.

      4. 22AWG stranded wire. The Wire Barn has 6 spools each of 25′ wire in 6 colors for $30. If you need two conductor shielded wire, use Belden 8451.

      Good luck! Also, for a first project, I would suggest something like the Seventh Circle Audio A12 preamps or B16 compressors. It’s hard to find a better, complete package with all the components and great directions for beginners.

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