I'll start this off with some info about me. First off, "Skunkie" is a nickname I got from a video game I play and it just kinda stuck with a few of my close friends. Using it as my branding was a silly joke at first, but once again it has stuck! I've been interested in electronics and especially audio from when I was a child. I got a Heathkit Jr lab as a Christmas gift and spent untold hours playing and learning on it. As I got older, I was into HiFi gear, loved going to the Heathkit store, Radio Shack etc. and just looking around. Sadly there is no big DIY companies like those that existed back then. My career for decades was involved with automotive related electronics, which combined my passion for electronics in a field I was able to make a living in. I retired a few years ago and given my free time, I was able to dive back into DIY and doing stuff that I love, mainly working with hands. I learned a lot about tube gear from reading books, reading online and watching YT videos, and am excited to be learning something new.
Like many of you, this is just a hobby for now and I learn new stuff everyday. I think my passion is as much about learning as it is about what we are actually working on here, and I want to share that learning experience with others. This could turn into some sort of DIY company, but it must always stay fun :)