I know an update is long overdue and some of you already got in touch with me directly.
This update, including a video, was almost ready two weeks ago, but then everything changed dramatically.
So we needed some time to deal with the new situation and to find a good solution for everyone – and I think we did.
As some might say (coming from our community): everything will be good at the end or it won’t be the end.
So please read this newsblog, watch the video and then fill out the form below with your choice.
But first - what happened in the meantime?
More then a dozen of „almost Complete Kits“ were shipped!
As I offered it in the last newsletter, some of you already grabbed the opportunity to have their kits shipped without the transformers and have the transformers shipped separately as we literally have every single component in stock except for the audio transformers for a pretty long time.
All of these kits have already shipped and I picked and packed all components for these kits myself in order to find out how to streamline the process when shipping all the rest of the 100+ preordered kits.
I can tell you it was quite a task – here’s some impressions:
One of the things I found out during the process – there’s no way I’ll do all the rest of the kits alone – right Stefan & David? *hint
Now, the big news - something unexpected happened
Creating a full kit for the very first time has been a huge challenge for me and the analogvibes crew and what we learned for sure that it’s not only a whole lot more complex compared to making authentic chassis sets (which are all manufactured here locally), but also to avoid any single points of failure – cause that’s exactly what happened with the transformers.
After we successfully managed to go through the several stages of grief – denial, anger, depression and acceptance – we finally started to see it from positive point of perspective: we can finally move on and finish what we started. And, we are so stoked that this will finally give us the opportunity, once the Kit has been successfully delivered, to shift up a gear with analogvibes and finally launch some new projects for you guys.
The new/old transformers and your options
So as explained in the video we go with the transformers we had in mind in the first place when putting together this kit. Here are the two options I was talking about in the video:
No.#1: staying with the Complete Kit
shipped in 12-14 weeks
after everybody made their choice we will order the transformers
High quality Pultec input transformer
broadcast quality interstage transformer – exact same specs as original Triad HS29
High quality Pultec output transformer
your kit price remains the same
No.#2: going with the almost Complete Kit
shipped very soon
after everybody made their choice we get going
Link to suppliers
(choose „threaded grommet“ version)
(it has to be the “e” version!)
special transformer bundle
€250.00 voucher for each kit you ordered
The new roadmap(s)
Feedback & decision time
Making sure we reached everybody.
Updating the Complete Kit epaper series, including the BOM, wiring layout & building guide.
Option 1: staying complete
Production of the new transformers.
Preparing and assembling the kits.
Option 2: going almost complete
Picking & shipping of the almost Complete Kits. Lead time depending on how many (2-4 weeks max).
Shipping Complete Kits
Packing the kits for shipping & preparing for customs.
Your final choice
So now, as I explained in the video, here is the short form where you please choose your option for your (almost) Complete Kit.
Thank you a lot for going through this with us. It means a lot to us and we will be able to continue to make more legendary gear accessible to everyone in the near future.
(You can either use the form directly here on the page or hit the button)
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Fascinating project, it’s very rare that I’ve seen such dedication to keeping a classic piece of equipment alive as much as possible at price poins that aren’t for the .001%. I give you my gratitude and full respect, gentlemen. I absolutely love the kit aspect – Heathkits and others like them are much missed. I hope to see more products of yours in the near future as well! How about the full pdf manuals, too, so I can see & understand all the work & genius involved ? Thank you beyond measure…