Have the proper tools
This doesn't have to cost a fortune.
|Your skill level
||Tools to own
||Tools to get access to
- Miscellaneous hand tools - phillips and flat screwdrivers, pliers,
files, hammer (for making bad components into dust...)
- Simple soldering iron, 30W or less - too hot is bad news
- needle nose pliers
- small diagonal cutters
- rosin core solder, fine sandpaper, steel wool
- braid-type solder remover
- cheap Digital Multi Meter (DMM) with ohms, volts and current
- Audio Probe made from an enclosed phone jack, a capacitor, and a
|Oscilloscope or PC based o'scope if you can. You may not
need it for many things.
||All that and
- A better DMM that also measures transistor gain, maybe measures
- A test oscillator for driving signals
- Solder sucker
|Oscilloscope or PC based o'scope (like through a sound
||All that and an oscilloscope if you can at all afford it.
||Oscilloscope for certain
||All that and an oscilloscope for sure. Maybe a distortion