- Joe Fiorini
- 2015-02-20 @ 06:14
For anyone looking into building this keyboard themselves, I'd like to
provide you with a testimonial.
This was my first soldering project ever. Literally the first time I've
ever used a soldering iron was when I soldered the diodes for this
keyboard (heck, I had to acquire a soldering iron after I sent my
payment for the kit). And tonight I'm proud to say that my keyboard
works, every... single... key.
I only had to email Phil in a panic once, when I thought I'd
accidentally burnt the controller board; turns out it was just flux.
I'll admit the soldering the controller was stressful, and I didn't do a
great job (the controller is sitting at an angle, but the connections
are there and the bottom plate fits so I'm not complaining). All in all
it isn't anywhere near perfect, but it works.
So if you're on the fence about this because you've never soldered
before, just do it. Watch the Adafruit video linked in the instructions.
Then watch it again. And again. I didn't watch it before I started and
forgot a crucial point that lead to me having to resolder all the
diodes. But, by the time you've soldered your 100th connection on the
board you'll feel like a pro.
Thanks for the great kit Phil! I had a lot of fun putting it together, I
can't wait to start using it tomorrow!
Re: [atreus] Success!
- Phil Hagelberg
- 2015-02-20 @ 14:52
Joe Fiorini <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> For anyone looking into building this keyboard themselves, I'd like to
> provide you with a testimonial.
Thanks for the kind words, Joe! Hopefully this introduction to hacking
electronics leads to more of these kinds of projects in the future.
> So if you're on the fence about this because you've never soldered
> before, just do it. Watch the Adafruit video linked in the instructions.
> Then watch it again. And again. I didn't watch it before I started and
> forgot a crucial point that lead to me having to resolder all the
Maybe I'll put in an extra reminder to check the polarity of the diodes
before getting too far. Never hurts to have a bit of extra guidance.