TL;DR it hinges on the designer and their aims for a given circuit or sound AKA there is no absolute answer on which to hang your bet.crochambeau wrote: ↑Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:37 pmNo, not necessarily.
Different builds are going to sprout differently, and different designers are going to have different methods as well.
This is a spectator grade topic though, armchair entertainment. I'm more concerned with participatory topics here (on this thread, in this sub-forum), as I don't think I'm going to help anyone by doing a deep dive on what passes as my own process, because it's highly probable that it will not translate well in terms of someone considering it as guidance. Let me start by throwing in a few examples:
"Hey, I've got this kick ass old pedal that only takes batteries and I want to power it from a power supply without cutting a new hole, any ideas?"
"I built this perfboard effect and I want to stop it from shorting out as it hangs by wires inside of this Altoids case, how would you secure this?"
"Electricity scares me but I want to be a TV repair technician"
"Should I ________________________________________?"
"How did _____________________________________?"
"Can I do x with tool n? How could you do x with tool y?"
...and then sparks came out. I dunno, this thread seemed like a good idea this morning, and now I'm questioning my wisdom on it.