Re: oops forgot to answer your Q Thanks for the responses. I'm looking at the S&B tapped transformers with interest. It's not the kind of thing I can pick up on a whim to experiment with but if it looks like a good solution I can make it a future project. Yes I did see your remote control arrangement. The tiny toothed belts look look so cool and industrial. Is that remote rig the one with the stepper motor that Bent Audio sells for the DACT attenuators? Their price ($225 all up) seems extremely reasonable for that functionality. You're certainly making up for time lost doing black boxes for 30 years! That's about as un-boxy and non-black as you can get. I have a weakness for the unusual in audio. My Maplenoll turntable is an example. I rarely use it but it looks nice. See the members' gallery for pics. There's also a shot of the rosewood armboard I made for my Thorens ttbl to replace the boring black one. Turntables generally seem to be fertile ground for odd aesthetic ideas to sprout and to work well. I'm so sick of the black box thing. There's no excuse for a consumer product that you have to press your nose up to to see the markings on the controls. Nothing has worse ergo than consumer audio gear. I think the reason people accept boring and minimally functional front panels is the remote control. Back in the day of fancy tube receivers you were face to face with your gear on a frequent basis and how it looked and felt mattered. Now you never have to go near the thing to do anything so why should it look good? What we have instead is some great looking remote controls, although they could be better too. On a lot of gear I'm finding there are functions that can only be done from the remote, and maybe that makes sense for setting up a HT receiver. Well, I gotta drive across town for a chip to fix this crossover thingy but I'll return to this thread later today. I'm curious about ImTweaked's location. I'm near the Detroit Zoo. Where are you?