OK, now I have got the diy bug. Thanks to all who gave input on my headphone amp thread.
Well, I was looking around, and comparing a few kits. I found this: S-5 Electronics DIY Tube Amplifier Kits from DIY Audio Products.
If, that is, If, I go with a kit for my choice. I may also go the route that I choose all the parts, and go from there.
I don't know if tubes are going to be my style. I have a fairly confined space on my desk, and don't want to burn myself. I know there are cages, etc. for them, but that is why I am asking for advice. :D
So, my goal is to enjoy making my own headphone amp, while at the same time building something that is better than low end, but not really more than $150-$200.
The phones I will be driving are going to be Grado 60is, or 80is. Sooner or later I am looking at the Senn 650s, or similar. I listen to all kinds of music: classical, to jazz, to rock, to folk.
I am looking for suggestions on kits, or projects that have worked well for people. By that I mean that I am a newcomer to this type of thing, and don't want to etch my own board, etc.
I have a nice soldering/ de-soldering station coming my way this week. I also have a dmm, as well as the smaller tools that are needed, so that isn't an issue.
Thanks guys, I appreciate your help!