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    Default New member, lots to learn

    Hi, I have been following this forum since November and have gotten myself excited to start animating. I was wondering if it is possible to buy a built 595 and if so how much do they run? I am not all that gifted when it comes to making my own boards but would be more than willing to pay for a board. I have many other questions but I will post them in their respective topic sections, thank you.

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    In general, people don't sell built boards. Usually you'll have to purchase an empty PCB and populate it yourself.

    That being said, sometimes members will be getting rid of older boards to upgrade their own hardware.
    Sometimes you can find used boards for sell on the "The DIY Store" -> "Buy/Sell/Trade" forum found here:

    http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com...forum.php?f=21

    Good luck.

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    Thank You

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    I am new also I got lucky and like ppohlman said one of the members where upgrading too new board I was able too purchase the old one off them 24 channels it works for a older board I did pay $100 plus shipping for it but at least it is a working board better than paying $300 too $400 for one of them 16 channel things out there good luck in your endeavors I am also new too this but it is a lot of fun once you really get into it but be careful the cash will fly out your pocket without you knowing
    James WinterHaven Fl

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    I am also new and was lucky enough to purchase some populated older boards and sequence 5 songs and run a mediocre show but was proud because I did it. Keep an eye on the for sale thread at times there are some deals. Good luck and enjoy.

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    wish I could afford all that kinda hard off 1 ssd check and 2 people too support but doing what I can
    James WinterHaven Fl

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    Default Re: New member, lots to learn

    Welcome back lowrdsdime! I'd recommend starting with newer boards than a 595. The dimming capabilities of newer boards such as Standard Series 24s or Renard LSD 48s are well worth it. Also, and sorry if I'm repeating the obvious, you should consider matching the "general" board type with the type of lights you plan to use next year; incandescent mini-lights, "dumb" RGB LEDs, or pixel LEDs. This forum's wiki has plenty of information in this regard.

    Lastly, if one's display had made ONE person smile, then it is far from mediocre!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christmasgeek View Post
    I am also new and was lucky enough to purchase some populated older boards and sequence 5 songs and run a mediocre show but was proud because I did it. Keep an eye on the for sale thread at times there are some deals. Good luck and enjoy.
    No such thing as a mediocre show. Anything you put up is better than a dark home. If it blinks, its great.


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyX...ttrsZNARkUce0Q

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    Welcome.... one thing to remember about this hobby is that WE are the reason we spend so much.... It's the changing and growing my display that costs so darn much... I would have spent very little on upkeep yearly after year one if I didn't choose to make it different....

    Do it on your own schedule... at your own pace... Don't break the bank... any display is a good display...
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    Default Re: New member, lots to learn

    I am new too.. I was worried as we'll about populating a board. I watched waynej's soldering video and have now successfully complete building three Renard SS16 boards. It's not too difficult with the right tools and some time.


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    02/10/2014 : 48 Renard SS16 Channels (Built), 16 TeensyLights16 Channels (Built), 64 Renard SS16 Channels (Ordered), 48 Ren48LSD Channels (In Pieces), FM02 FM Modulator (Built).... I'm gonna need more lights!!!

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