Need pointer to make simple oss volume manager

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http://askubuntu.com – I can not get my ALSA or Pulseaudio get working for my headphone sound. So for last 2-3 distros, I am using OSS. But problem is, with the introduction of Unity panel(which I could not get it work with OSS), I find common task like reducing or increasing the volume very difficult. Therefore, I would like to create simple volume manager applet which would be simple enough to do following task: 1) Slider for Volume up & down 2) Can reside in upper panel (for gnome3 and Unity) 3) Volume Up or down upon mouse wheel action. I do not have lot of interaction with python but I know c,c++. So is (HowTos)