We've talked many times about the pleasures associated with a rig that is still just a collection of parts and boards, all still spread out on the workbench, unboxed, perhaps held together by clip leads and bits of duct tape. They seem to sound better this way. This is the condition under which we experience that magical moment of "First Signals" (similar to First Light with a new telescope).
We haven't had a concise way of describing this (note my long-winded description above). Well, this morning the Sage of Newbury Park has, on his amazing blog, provided us with the words that we have so long needed:
That's it! Perfect. When a new rig is put into operation in this way, we will henceforth say that it is being run "al fresco." Thanks Pete!
Check out the blog post that gave us this wonderful phrase: