Hello everyone, I recently started assembling a Weber 5E3 kit, but I am going to be out of town for a few days so I thought I'd post some pics here in case anyone was available to critique my work thus far while I am gone. This is my first amp kit, and really my first serious soldering project, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I bought the kit when Weber was having a 15% off sale, which is how I was able to afford it! I will be pretty upset if I fry a transformer or something and have to start buying replacement parts... Here's a long shot of the whole chassis: Transformer by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM I wrapped the fuse socket with electrical tape because it felt pretty flimsy. I also ordered a nicer pilot light socket, as the plastic one that came with the kit pretty much fell apart. The red/yellow wire from the PT got a ring terminal to attach to the power amp ground, but I am planning to connect the green/yellow wire to the tube side of the power tube cathode resistor in an attempt to reduce the potential for hum. The Standby switch is attached to the chassis, but I am planning to omit it and brought the red wire from the OT right to pin 8 of V5. The resistors that go from pin 4 to pin 1 on V4 and V3 are screen resistors and after I run the filament wires, I will run a jumper between pins 1. I believe this is how Fender builds "The Edge" Deluxe model. I did drill a hole in the side of the chassis to add a dedicated mains ground. Hope that isn't a problem: Ground by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM Here are some close-ups of the sockets: V5 by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM V3 & V4 by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM Speaker Jacks by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM Here are the pots thus far: Pots1 by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM @Jeff Gehring mentioned in a previous thread that he isn't a fan of the wire that Weber sends with the kits. The only other wire I have at home currently is 20GA stranded Teflon coated. Can I use the stranded in place of the solid that Weber sent? I assume the solid holds its shape and stays in place better. Other slight changes I plan to make are: Add a phase inverter grid stopper resistor. Change the first filter cap to 33µF and add a bleeder resistor to it. Lower the PI .1µF coupling caps to .022µF. I am not planning to use the brass plate for grounding. I plan to follow the grounding scheme on Rob Robinette's website. And just for fun, here's my basement work bench: Bench by mabinogeon posted Dec 4, 2018 at 8:06 AM Thanks in advance for any input/assistance/coaching!