I ended completing the build today. After 17 long hours this thing is done…for the most part. The meter lights up, reacts to an input signal, and none of that magical blue smoke was released. The final step will be calibrating it, and having my wife take a few professional shots.
I think the most tedious part was putting the damn knobs on this thing and getting them aligned. Yes, after 17 hours my only complaint is putting on knobs.