Problem: DIY amplifier kit has been amazing sounding, but of course I decided to mod / improve the amp a little more with input protection circuit. Somewhere down the line I must have shorted the IC and well gardening snippers were the only things I had to do so...but after my 3rd kit, it was time to buy real flush cutters.
So simple, well the snipping part. Desoldering through hole components is tedious without the right tools, but after much patience I was able to do so without a hitch. Now I'm awaiting the next batch of IC chips to ship and my portable boombox monster will live!
Life is better with the best and right tools.