ihav2p wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:47 pm
I also had problems buying a performer from Todd Sines. Never got the item and was one of the worst transactions I've ever had. Avoid like the plague!
vasculator wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:48 am
Whatever you do, don't (try to) buy one from Helic.al / Todd Sines on Reverb. They will miss all their stated deadlines and not respond to any communication unless its to deny a refund request. Now they claim they shipped it yesterday despite USPS not having any item from them... Look at the other Reverb comments and avoid buying this vaporware from them...
So, I got mine from Todd Sines / Helic.al. It definitely took longer than expected for him to ship it out (weeks rather than days), but it did arrive. The build quality? Mixed. The solder jobs themselves look very good, to my "mostly done thru-hole, but a little SMD" eyes. The jacks aren't "aligned" in that the plastic housings aren't perfectly straight with the faceplate off, but actual relevant alignment seems fine.
Everything works fine (except either the TRS/MIDI cable or the midi jack- TBD). But, there is
what I'd consider a significant issue. Without having looked super closely at other builds, I can't speak to this, but - the buttons are very nearly flush with the faceplate, and the LEDs are raised. I'll attach a photo momentarily; in it, you'll see it next to an Ornament and Crime, with similar buttons. (I also "lifted" but button caps up, so, you'll see some of them are less flush; this is a temporary fix, as they work themselves back down with use).
I talked to Todd about this, and he didn't believe it was a problem. I discussed part numbers, and he said he used what was on the BOM. So, either he didn't, or parts changed, or the BOM lists parts that are a bit fiddly for use!
If you look at the buttons on the right, T1 / Project
is an example of how they all were - notice that the LED behind it is up a mm or two higher than the button. (The rest are all "pulled up" as a result of me removing them and reinstalling, but firm pressure pushes them right back to nearly flush, like how T1 is)
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