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P2P (Point to Point) vs. PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Architecture and Classic Audio Circuits

Point to Point Facilitates:

Original Equipment Performance

The main reason I chose to build point to point recreations of the Universal Audio Teletronix La2a Compressor and Pultec EQP-1a Program Equalizer was for accuracy in performance; for as any guitar amplifier builder knows: componentry, lead dress and layout play a significant role in the operational characteristics of audio circuits.

Better Resale Value and Return on Investment

Beyond performance is the consideration of resale value. Although I don't intend to sell my outboard equipment, I want to maximize it's potential fair-market-value in the event I should ever decide to do so. Thus, building classic valve gear clones of the La2a and Pultec in the original point to point architecture (or as close as possible to it) ensures the gear will command a premium in the marketplace over much less faithful PCB interpretations and/or kits, and capture a higher percentage of the ever-appreciating original equipment market value - maximizing the return on the (considerable) investment (of both time and capital).

Peace of Mind

As is often the case with DIY PCB entrepreneurs, boards are not designed by experts in the discipline and as such are routinely retired and replaced by new versions due to errors, omissions and/or performance issues plaguing previous iterations. Subsequently, the perceived performance and market value of any equipment or kit assembled with such PCBs must be considered perpetually in jeopardy of being compromised by such revisions.

Easy Servicing and Reliability

Modifications, testing, troubleshooting and/or repair can be difficult (and risky) with PCBs due to the potential for short circuits and lifting traces with repeated soldering; and even simple alterations represent major chores due to the necessity to remove/replace/handle the board(s) each time a change is made.

All of the Above Benefits at a Comparable Cost, Utilizing Essentially the Same Parts, While Requiring No Additional Skill

Generally, as the majority of parts required is the same in either instance, there is virtually no difference in cost (well, actually the PCB version will cost more due to the charge for the board(s)) and little (if any) difference in the skill required to build the above-mentioned (and comparable) studio circuits using the point to point method versus PCB.

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