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Point-to-Point Wiring

A method of connecting electronic components in a microphone, preamp, amplifier or any other piece of equipment in which each component is directly soldered to a tube pin or solder lug or jack. This is essentially the “original” method of making solder connections, which in modern times has largely been replaced by the use of printed circuit boards, on which the wiring has been replaced by conductive traces (usually copper or silver) that run from socket to socket as required for connections.

Original forms of point-to-point wiring used no “boards” whatsoever; key components such as vacuum tubes were often mounted in ceramic sockets for stability. A variation on this employed the use of tag boards – simple templates, often made of thin cardboard with a waterproof coating – on which the location of each component was marked or stamped, to speed assembly. Virtually all soldering performed in point-to-point wiring was (and is) done by hand.

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