Low-wattage (30 watts
or less) soldering "pencil"
(small soldering iron) with a very
narrow tip, perhaps filed down for fine work. These are cheap and can
be found at the usual electronics outlets. Or, better yet, a soldering
station including a cleaning sponge and resting cradle for the pencil.
These pencils usually have an assortment of tips available, including
the smaller diameter (around 1/16th") that circuit-bending requires. These
stations are well worth the additional expense in the long run.
Thin rosin-core solder
with which to create holes for
mounting switches and other components. A hobby drill, such as the Dremel™,
is handy for this job. A 1/8" bit is used to drill the pilot holes; a
ball-shaped "burr" bit of the correct diameter is then used to bring the
hole up to the correct size for the component being mounted. Optional:
a tapered hand bore. This is a hand tool used to ream-out holes to the
correct size; a nice addition to the circuit-bender's bench. This tool
will increase the 1/8" pilot holes to the exact size for unusual components
or those too large for a Dremel™ burr bit, as in a 3/4" diameter pilot
Set of small, all-metal,
non-insulated "jeweler's" screwdrivers
Slotted and Phillips.
Set of miniature crescent
(Craftsman, Sears stores; for
fastening all panel-mounted controls)
Small wire clippers
Small wire stripper
Capable of stripping wire as thin
as 30 to 25 gauge
(insulated wire terminated at
each end with an alligator clip)
Resistance substitution wheel.
This device, containing assorted resistors of increasing values selected
by the turning of a dial, is clipped by means of its two leads into a
live circuit so that the selected resister's effect on the circuit can
be heard. This will help determine the correct resistance or resistance
range needed at a circuit point so that a resistor or potentiometer of
the correct value can be soldered in place.
In fact, a custom circuit-bending
console tool can be built in the form of an elaborate substitution box.
This would be, essentially, a housing containing selectable (via multi-position
rotary switches) components to run the circuit-bending paths through --
various resistors, capacitors, potentiometers, sensors, LEDs, etc.). Like
the resistance substitution wheel, this would be another two-lead device,
clipped between two circuit-bending points and adjusted to observe audio
changes within the operating circuit.