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Some of the Suppliers I Use.

Name Comments
Arcade World UK Not used these guys yet, but they turned up in searches and have an extensive range of switches at a good price.
Bare Conductive

These folks provide a circuit board that combines and arduino variant, MIDI / MP3 decoder and a capacitive sensor input. I have found the capacitive sensor more consistent than the Adafruit variant. Search on their site for "Touch board".

NB Two things. Don't use double sided tape to mount these as you can destroy the board if you want to move it later. They have a lot of surface mount components that "ping" of if you flex the circuit board. Also shop around on price. Buying direct is expensive, other retail outlets are about 20% cheaper. Datasheet for the Touchboard. Nov 2017, they periodically do special offers, so worth checking out periodically.

BitsBox Useful and inexpensive source of hardware (including jack sockets and plugs). -rm.
Cool Components An alternative source of Arduino supplies, sheilds and electronics. Can use Royal Mail delivery which I find more convenient.
CPC

They have (almost too) comprehensive list of components. Because of the site size it can take a bit of drilling down to get a full description of a device if you are just browsing for inspiration. Back in my good books (they have been erratic and slow in the past but seem to have got their act together. Recently bought some "Bare Conductive Boards" about 20% cheaper than anywhere else.

Electrosmart General purpose electronics supplier, fast and effecient, uses Royal Mail (saves hanging around.
Hobby Components A new supplier providing low cost "clones of Arduino's I use these Arduino's for testing new ideas that might "smoke" them.. They also have a have a good range of sensors.Good turnaround
Hobbytronics

Switches and buttons large and small, pressure pads, jack sockets and Arduino Music shields (Spakrfun varient).. Very fast turnaround, my primary provider. Now back in business.

Kitronik Primarily aimed at schools, good range of hardware but limited mail delivery options.
Maplins

CThey closed down in March 2018. A great loss to inventives.

These used to supply Arduino's, bread-boards (wiring kind), pressure pads, wires, solder and soldering irons, safety goggles. More expensive than on line, but handy for "one offs" and quick acquisition. Plus you can actually see what the hardware looks like. I've been caught out a few times from online sources with respect to such things as dimensions. Their GCSE component box is also useful to supple a bunch of electronic components such as resistors (various) and LED's

They have returned as an on-line site, courtesy of Peter Jones of Dragon Dens fame. Their website search engine needs some fine tuning. (14 April 2019).

MIDI Musical Instrument Digital Interface
MK Metals Sheet metals
Mouser Large supplier of a electronic of components. Wide range of tactile switches.
Pimori Adafruit combination process / codec / amp boards.
Pi Hut They also do Arduino, BBC Microbit and a lot of useful hardware.. They use Royal Mail who don't use "knock a door runaway". You have to be a child of the 60's to understand that.
Proto-Pic A good range or Arduino's and shields, plus arcade quality buttons and joysticks.
Rapid Rapid on Line, some nice amplifier kits. 2.5W, 10W, some with speakers. N.B. I've stopped using Class D amps in non-experimental situations as they are electrically noisy. This can cause an Arduino to glitch if it shares the same power line.
Supermarkets These can supply a variety of useful products that can be "re-purposed". e.g. chopping boards are very useful for mounting components on such as push buttons. It is much easier than cutting Perspex (and cheaper).

 

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