Sent Sun, Apr 25th 2004, 22:01
<<In a message dated 4/23/2004 9:22:59 AM US Mountain Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: I think we need to give these 'guys' a huge break. One thing we must remember that has changed a lot in this second age of modulars is the size of the companies producing them. Before we had Arp, Moog and Roland, three comparatively huge organizations, all equipped with piles of resources dedicated to assembly, procurement, fulfillment, sales and design. Nowdays we've got small operations, many of which consist of one or two people doing everything. The largest of all of them all now, Doepfer, has less than 10 people in their ranks. The fact that releases are taking longer than some might wish is no surprise to me at all. But remember, it may just be a need for a status update to a website, which is another item very long list these companies are working on each day. Bottom line, based on everything elee they need to work on, the fact that they develop new devices at all is a miracle.>> I agree with much that has been mentioned about giving the analog synth manufacturers some gratitude. I appreciate each and every one of them. Some of us show our gratitude by doing business with these vendors and praising outstanding products provided by this unique group of manufacturers. BUT - another side to this is: These instruments are sold directly from the manufacturer, people can't just walk into a music store, try it out and walk out with one of these. Therefore, you have to spend _a lot_ of time researching the various vendors websites and gather all the information you can so you can decide which manufacturer you want to buy a system from. Most people don't want a frankensynth, so you have to find a vendor that can provide the modules to complete (as much as possible) a system to fit your particular musical needs - whether they be professional needs or simply for hobbyist fun. Unless we have a friend that has some of these instruments we can check out, we are completely at the mercy of the information provided at the vendors website, or the inquiries we make with the vendors. This information is ALL we have to go on - including release dates for modules. Since some of us on this list invest many thousands of dollars into the synthesizers of our dreams, I think we all deserve more accurate shipping time information and release dates for planned modules. I love seeing information on new modules, but - if a manufacturer can't provide accurate release dates, then don't put ANY release dates at all. Grossly inaccurate dates are misleading. Some of you will say that manufacturers specifically state that these release dates are approximate, but if you don't even know _approximately_ "when" - don't put "when." My 2Hz. Zon p.s. I've been out of the MOTM loop for a while, so did the MOTM CS-80 filter ever ship?