[exploring the art]
[how it works]
>Miniature push-button switches.
>Assorted potentiometers (variable resistors, as in the familiar volume control) in
values from 50 ohm to 10 meg.
>Assorted photo cells (light-sensitive variable resistors).
>Assorted body-contacts (any metal knobs, etc., that can be wired to the circuit and
bolted to the instrument's case).
>Assorted panel-mount audio output jacks (1/4" "guitar jacks", RCA
"phono jacks", 1/8" miniature jacks, etc.).
>Several colors of insulated 30 or 25 gauge "wire wrap" solid-core wire.
>Assorted other small-to-medium-gauge wire... solid core, stranded, bare, insulated.
NOTE: While nearly all the above tools and parts are available at the well-known
electronics outlets at premium prices, they are also available through numerous mail order
electronic surplus outfits as well as walk-through surplus warehouses. Not only are
surplus prices so much better, but often the quality of items is higher than the flimsy
parts offered by the majors in the malls. In addition, surplus retailers acquire very
strange parts to work with, odd designs to be found nowhere else.