Bad news: I'm not done yet. Good news: I'm not done yet.
October 1, 2013. Apparently someone is quoting my updates on at least one forum (thanks, I think...). I was messaged about the contents of one thread in particular, so I thought I'd post my reply:
Thanks for the query. Yes, it's been quite the journey! Nothing like I had planned. Sigh...
It's funny that the two people you quote complaining about me aren't even on the MB-808 list. That's a big part of the reason that I stopped cruising the forums. I don't mind answering questions and complaints from people who order from me, but there seems to be a huge group of people who just want to climb on the complaint bandwagon. Reminds me of that scene in Airplane when everyone lines up to beat on the female passenger who is freaking out...
Anyway, to answer your specific questions:
- As far as I know, Paypal has no email list management facilities, and they don't have a way to link transactions together with any kind of annotations. (e.g. I can't annotate a deposit with the note, "refunded 1/1/2012" or the like. I gave one guy his deposit back twice and I want to avoid that happening again.) Also, I made a strategic mistake of combining the 808 transactions in with my own personal account. In other words, I haven't found a way to ask paypal to give me a list of all email addresses of just the people who have given me deposits and I can't even ask paypal to give me a list of just those transactions, so I downloaded everything into Excel and split it all out manually. Probably just good bookkeeping practices and I should have a backup anyway...
- I have kept all the email messages I have received pertaining to the MB-808. As of October 1, 2013, I have just under 2000 total messages, with 147 of them unread. I'm going through them in date order.
- Most messages I receive are of the "is it too late to get on the list" variety. There have been some complaints of course, but there have only been three people who have actually offered help. A couple of them asked about buying the entire project from me. When I told them how much money I had invested, that was pretty much the end of it; nobody has even made a bid. One guy has offered to help fund the next batch; I may take him up on that. The most promising thing was a gentleman from China who wanted to produce kits, but because of the MIDIbox copyright, that was/is not possible.
- Yes, I am the guy who bought the Stooge Panel business after Larry Hendry died. That business is on hold until I finish the 808 kits. (Yet another reason I am anxious to have this done with.)
So, just for fun, the next time someone complains on a forum or list, please ask them if they are actually on the list or not...
Thanks for taking the time to contact me directly. -Doug
(Last night) Yay, it's the end of the fiscal year. No more deployments! Hopefully the whole government doesn't shut down, but if they do, well, that will finally give me a chance to catch up on things. Tonight I spent some time on the phone with paypal, so I finally have the account completely downloaded and reconciled. Next, I'm going to catch up on email. I'm sure there are a couple people I owe answers to, so please bear with me just a but longer. I don't have any more trips scheduled for the rest of the calendar year, and with the kids both away at college now I should have evenings and weekends back.
(Remainder of updates moved to blog.)
NOTE: if you gave me a deposit, you're in batch three.
Well, despite good intentions, I have failed to meet my self-imposed deadlines. I won't bore you with details other than to say work and family come first before hobby projects, but suffice it to say that I'll get batch three done as soon as I can. After all batch three kits are shipped, I'll get to work on the fourth batch.
Over the three+ years that I have been working on the MB-808, I have steadily pulled back from my involvement in any other projects, and I have reduced my involvement in online communities. As of December 28, 2012, I am now ceasing all involvement with any and all forums, mailing lists and newsgroups. Specifically, I will no longer respond to posts on the Electro-Music forum. Please don't taint their good forum and expect me to take my time to reply. I need to devote what little time I have to finishing this project. The only place to get information about the MB-808 project is this web site and via email directly to me. (Doug at midibox addict dot com.)
If you have given me a deposit and you really don't like how things are going, please let me know and I will give you a refund. Please note: I travel a lot for business and I don't always have an Internet connection. I'm slow, but I *will* get to you.
NOTE: I am no longer taking deposits for kits. Kits will only be sold when available.
Signing up for the fourth batch ended on December 31, 2012. Some time soon I will send out an email to everybody on the waiting list for batch four, then give everybody time to reply to me to confirm that they are still interested. I plan to only make enough circuit boards to cover everybody who sends me a confirmation email . When I have finished shipping all batch three kits, I will place the order for circuit boards. As soon as the boards arrive, I will send out invoices, and you'll have two weeks from that day to confirm and pay. After the two weeks, all outstanding invoices will be cancelled and any remaining boards will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. (Email me if you want to be on that standby list.) When all of the kits are gone, I plan to have a private ceremony at my house where I will delete all the Gerbers and Eagle files associated with this project.
My name is Doug, I live in Tucson, AZ, USA. I started building electronics kits in the 1970's. I decided that I wanted to become one of the guys making kits. I took over the MB-808 project a couple years back because I love electronics and I love analog gear, especially anything manufactured by Roland. I'm also a big fan of what Thorsten Klose has done at uCapps. I was really optimistic about this project, but was naive about what it would take to get it done. The biggest mistake I made was taking deposits. When I ran into roadblock after roadblock, whether it was because parts manufacturers extended their lead times early in the project, or if it was watching my father-in-law die of pancreatic cancer, or recently because a pcb order was lost, it all just lead to a lot of pain and anger on the part of the good people who showed their faith in me.
That said, here are several points:
doug (at) midibox addict (dot) com
That will get you to the stage where you have a completed PCB with the MIDIbox sequencer and all the 808 voices. For a complete 808 clone, you will also want:
I put this page together as a favor for Moogah (who owns this web site), since he's done us all the favor of making the MB-808 in the first place! If you have any comments or questions about this page, please contact me via email at doug (at) midibox addict (dot) com