March update: a little delay (not the good kind)
Our workshop is getting fuller and fuller with stuff. Our woodworker has worked hard to get the wooden side plates finished and the logo has been screen printed onto them.
We received the silicone keypads with colored silicone instead of printed colors. It looks very yummy!
Also, we dropped off all the electronic components at our assembly house so that they can solder them onto the circuit boards next week.
However, there is not only good news. When we wrote our last update, we expected to have all parts here by now. Over 250 components go into one Dato DUO, and all the components have to actually be there to be able to make one.
Our housing manufacturer insisted on doing another prototype round, pushing back the schedule by three or four weeks. This made us place our production order with another (local) housing manufacturer – one that we already have some beautiful prototype samples of. They expect to deliver the full batch of housings in the first week of April which means that we start production in April and will be sending out DUO’s every week. We hope you understand that we will probably not be able to send out DUO’s to all our backers before the end of April.
Back to some happy news: on the 24th and 25th of April, we will be present at the MEFF (Modular Synthesizer Exhibition Fair) in Firenze/Florence, Italy. We have a stand there, so come by if you want to have a jam on a Dato DUO and meet us in person!
A few days earlier, on the 20th to the 22nd of April we will be visiting Superbooth in Berlin, Germany. We don’t have a stand there but will bring along a few prototypes. If you want to meet us at the fair, drop us a line.
And speaking of Berlin – we just sent a Dato DUO production prototype to the Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin. It will be on show from March 24th to June 25th as part of the “Good Vibrations” exhibition, showcasing the history and present of electronic musical instruments. More info can be found here: http://www.mim-berlin.de/en/
We will be sending out backer reports in the next few days. Be sure to respond with your shipping address before April to go along in the first production batch.
Toon & David