I'd like to create a circuit for which I seem to only be able to get a16-pin SOIC package. Since everything else I do is DIP-based, it seems that what I'd want is an adapter -- ideally a socket so I don't have to do any SIOC soldering. I think I found one but it's in the $70-130 range *each*. I also found snap-apart PC board material with SIOC & DIP patterns which would do much the same thing -- but with a humongous number of patterns on one sheet considering that I need exactly one. Again it's much too expensive.
Okay, I could make my own PC board -- I've done that too -- but it's a pain in the butt for a piece of one-off instrumentation.
Do I have any other alternatives?