Although the funding from Kickstarter has not come through yet, I've ordered and organised most of the components to build the LBM electronics to get a head-start.
I've managed to source nice premium capacitors for the power supply - 'Vishay' items rated for about 5 times longer life than other similar parts. This is an area lesser electronic devices cut cost and why they break after a year or two. The LBM should just keep on working :)
I've also got hold of quality 'Alps' volume controls with a silky smooth action.
More updates to follow!