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lincolnic

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Soldering transistors into sockets
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:22:35 AM »
I know there are a couple of you around here who've done this - I'm just curious about how people feel about it. If you're satisfied with the transistors in a circuit and you've got a heat sink handy, is there any reason not to? I was thinking about securing the transistors in my Tonebender that way...not sure if I trust the super thin leads on those GT108s.

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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 12:48:37 AM »
I have never done this but I have used a small dot of Loctite. I figure if I had to I could remove the transistor without trimming the legs. Probably not a smart thing on my part but it worked.

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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 02:36:03 AM »
I use some hot glue to secure mine rather then solder. It's easily removed if need be, and the heat from it isn't high enough to damage transistors.

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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 04:26:06 AM »
Ive done it. Its no drama.

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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 07:01:37 AM »
One drop of solder onto any one leg is all you need to get the job done.  Quick and easy.
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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 09:19:54 AM »
One drop of solder onto any one leg is all you need to get the job done.  Quick and easy.

Exactly, and only a little heat on that one leg and out it comes if you ever NEED to change it. I do this on every build.

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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 10:12:44 AM »
I just remove the socket and the solder the transistor to the board.

I would consider hot glue/sockets if I were dealing with mojo/rare trannies that I thought I might want to repurpose in the future.

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Re: Soldering transistors into sockets
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 10:03:48 PM »
I just remove the socket and the solder the transistor to the board.

You know what, this makes so much sense it didn't even occur to me. I guess I was just focusing on what the smallest amount of work would be.  ;D