Just an update of my build: Click here to read Part 2.
Soldered 90% of the parts, including the Lundahl transformers, JFETS and transistors. I'm awaiting some parts that were "out of stock" from my first order.
Also, I ordered some wire assemblies with male/female jacks. I'll use them for connections between the main board and xlr jacks, pots, switches, etc... that way, if I need to troubleshoot the board, I can just unhook them instead of desoldering the wire from the board.
TIP: Before you complete assembly of your project, have a suitable chassis ready for it. From my experience, if I built a project without finishing the chassis first, that project becomes half-finished, working but not in a case. Laziness I know...
Also, if everything is in a chassis, you can wire everything and not have to worry about your solder connections or wires becoming loose. Everything is already in place, plus it makes it easier to work on it.
You can get your rack chassis, from 1u, 2u, all the way to 4u and 8u at par-metal.com. They've got good prices and have nice quality racks.