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    Klipsch Forte lll
    Pass Labs ACA, Aiyama 07 chip amp, Marantz 1060
    Bluesound Node 3
    Fluance RT 84 w/ Ortofon 2m Blue
    Oppo CD player

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  1. I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and have been working my way through all 42 books. I'm currently reading "The Shepherd's Crown". It is technically a young adult book, but I don't mind.
  2. I use the Bluesound Node with the standard DAC running through a single ACA for my Forte IIIs and love it. I've heard that balanced/bridged ACAs sound a little brighter because you lose the 2nd order harmonics, but I don't know that personally. I'm anxious to hear what you think when you make your decision and have it all up and running.
  3. Electronic guitar kits don't require nearly as much working space as an acoustic, and you don't need to spend as much on special tools. The Body Build kits from StewMac are a less complicated acoustic, but you still need quite a few tools most people don't have. Then there is the finishing... i used a pore filler on this one. It looked great at first, but I think I should have let it sit for another week before starting with the finish lacquer. I couldn't really see it while I was applying the lacquer, but as it cured I realized that the filler had shrunk and it wasn't completely smooth. Like you, I actually kind of like the look, but it wasn't what I was expecting.
  4. Thanks! I have built both Strat and Tele kits and have had great success with both. By the time you buy good hardware and electronics, you're going to spend as much or more than you would on a really nice guitar from China, but there is something really satisfying about knowing you built it. Plus, it is a great learning experience.
  5. Thank you! Fortunately, the pictures aren't detailed enough to see the flaws, but it really did turn out well. Best of all, my grandson is happy with it. It sounds good and is comfortable to play. I just finished setting the action yesterday. This is a mahogany body with a medium brown stain. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like the color, but after the third application of stain, it really started to look good.
  6. I just finished this building this guitar for my grandson. It is one of the Body Build kits from Stewart - MacDonald. Not quite as fancy as my D28 copy, but still a very nice guitar. He "helped" me with the build.
  7. My friend makes some great brownies that seem to improve much of the source material I listen to. I have no idea how chocolate and eggs can do that, but it works better than new cables. 😉
  8. I will be interested to hear how you think this amp compares to The Little Sweetie versions you've built.
  9. Someone is sure living right! Great post...thank you for sharing. It's fun reading about your experimentation and experience.
  10. Thanks to @henry4841, I now have a service manual which includes a complete parts list, schematic, and instructions for setting the bias and AC balance. SWEET!
  11. Thank you for the links! I'm going to give it a shot.
  12. Thanks, my friend! This is the encouragement I needed. This is a point-to-point build. Looking at it, it seems it should actually be much easier to work on than the Marantz was, and you're correct about there not really being all that many parts involved. I really appreciate your offer of help. I'm going to download the schematic right now.
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