Build Your Own Mics, Preamps, Compressors, and More With Music Kits #MusicMonday

If you’d like to have a vintage microphone but you don’t want to spend a lot of dough, kits might be a good option. In the DIY electronics and maker era, new companies have come up to replace dear departed build-it-yourself electronics of the olden times, when the idea of building, say, a transistor radio was common. Here’s more from Bobby Owsinski:

When I was growing up I didn’t have much money to burn, but had a great interest in electronics. This led me to some of the build-it-yourself gear that was around in those days from long-forgotten companies like Heathkit, Dynaco, Lafayette, Allied andEico. Most of that gear was based on vacuum tubes, so beginners had to absorb being thrown across the room by +450 volts in the learning process (you only needed that to happen once before you were more careful).

Even when we got to transistor gear and the voltages became much lower, the liabilities weren’t, so many kit manufacturers left the business thanks to numerous consumer protection lawsuits and increased insurance costs. That meant for a number of years there weren’t many companies offering audio gear kits, especially high quality ones.

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