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Offline blackharp

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Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« on: January 24, 2023, 10:46:34 AM »
I see they just recently went out of production. Will there soon be another monoblock option? I recently purchased the beepre 2 and still waiting for it to ship. Thank you

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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2023, 10:56:46 AM »
Prototype parts are on the way for two separate prototyping projects, one if which will definitely be monoblocks.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2023, 11:00:07 AM »
Awesome! Will they be like the monamours? 2a3 or 300b? Any idea when they may or may not be available?

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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2023, 11:17:58 AM »
Timeline on new kits is completely impossible to predict, especially since one of my ideas is extremely unusual.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2023, 11:19:02 AM »
Man, you guys really thinned the herd on January 16.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2023, 11:25:25 AM »
Extremely unusual? I like it already.

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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2023, 01:31:00 PM »
Man, you guys really thinned the herd on January 16.

We really have to cut back our workload. Last year was our second biggest year ever, with just two of us handling orders. We're extremely grateful and at the same time quite worn out. I am already a couple years past the usual retirement age and I'd like to stay inspired to offer these kits for five more years. So we felt the best way to address the issue was to cut the items that sold in the smallest quantities, in order to affect the fewest customers. That way we cut our workload to something more mangageable and hopefully keep most folks happy.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2023, 05:13:11 PM »
We really have to cut back our workload. Last year was our second biggest year ever, with just two of us handling orders. We're extremely grateful and at the same time quite worn out. I am already a couple years past the usual retirement age and I'd like to stay inspired to offer these kits for five more years. So we felt the best way to address the issue was to cut the items that sold in the smallest quantities, in order to affect the fewest customers. That way we cut our workload to something more mangageable and hopefully keep most folks happy.

I understand, Doc. I’m not trying to give you a hard time.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2023, 07:59:56 PM »
I didn't think you were at all, just felt that you guys deserved to know the reasoning behind the kit retirements. Part of it is workload and part of it is thinning out kits that parts supply has been problematic for.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2023, 02:56:00 AM »
Doc,
As I've posted before, we on the other side of the order button forget, or can't even fathom, what it takes to put together a couple hundred pieces in a compact, secure package and get it out the door along with dozens (?) of similar boxes - Oh and all that other stuff that is required to run a business.
Anyway, thanks for being so forthcoming about your ideas/hopes/plans for the future of an important part of our favorite hobby.
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Re: Will the monoblocks be replaced?
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2023, 05:38:15 AM »
Prototype parts are on the way for two separate prototyping projects, one if which will definitely be monoblocks.

Can you give any details at all on the upcoming monoblock kit?  I'm interested in building a pair of monoblock Kaiju 300b's and am wondering if I should wait to see what the new kit is going to be.