Analog VU meters

For this project, I took some analog VU meters from a broken Otari 5050 2-track tape machine (thanks Ralph!), and assembled a standalone stereo meter unit based on the VU buffer circuit from JLM Audio. I re-purposed a wooden box for the enclosure, drilling holes for the input jacks and meters, and applied a 'tung oil style' finish. As a final touch, I swapped the old meter bulbs with LEDs and added a dimmer knob on the side to adjust brightness.

VU meter
Dimmer switch on the side
Replaced the old bulbs with LEDs
Early stages
Early stages
JLM VU Buffer circuit