I built a small utility box today for testing and at first I wasn't going to post anything about this build, but I figured that it might help other people that are building pedals. How do you test your finished boards? This is my way. :)
- Soldering pots and switches for testing seems like a big hassle and unnecessary work IMO. I test everything though a breadboard. Insted of pots I use small trimpots like these. I got a bunch of each for every value and I just pop them in - no soldering needed and it takes a few second to try another value (sometimes other values then the layout/schematic states works better). I make the leads a bit longer then necessary and trim them later when boxing. If some pots needs to be connected to each other that is easy to do with some short bits of wire. For hooking up switches I use wires with alligator clips like these.