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Re: Omsonic/dBs Stochastic Inspiration Generator

Post by phinland » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:54 am

General Update

Batches are built and shipping, new boards are being ordered, and we already have some very happy customers which is a joy to hear! For example...
My God! What a machine! I bought the [INSERT-RIVAL-PRODUCT-NAME-HERE] last year when I knew your module was delayed, but yours is on a different level...Really blew me away. I'm absolutely delighted with it...Thanks again, I knew it would be worth the wait.


That's the good news: things are moving. Also, as you know, we're still a tiny company getting on our feet so all the continuing kind words of support really do mean an awful lot!

The still-fine-just-slightly-less-so news is, despite much preparatory work over Xmas, the shipping has still proved to be a steep learning curve in practice. Obviously that's our problem not yours(!) but the main point concerns balancing shipping insurance with minimising shipping costs which I did want to be transparent about––although we finally think we've got a good middle ground solution now so it's all good.

In essence, if the shipper looses an item PayPal always refund the buyer. Obviously that's totally as it should be but it means if we give the buyer the choice to accept the risk of uninsured shipping for a lower fee (which we did for the first few we sold), then if it did go missing, it would still be we who got stung. Therefore, where initially I'd tried to give everyone options about shipping so you could accept the level of risk you wanted weighed against more or less cheep shipping, now I'm afraid we have to insist on insured tracked shipping.

It's only a few quid more, but weighed against £390 for the main and expander it's peanuts, and obviously with CoViD and Brexit, global shipping hasn't got simpler recently!
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Post by witchonhorseback » Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:29 am

I think requiring insured shipping is a wise choice. Keep up the good work!

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Post by phinland » Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:06 pm

Another small but significant victory: shipments are now confirmed to be landing abroad so I've somehow managed to not screw up the customs declaration forms!!

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Post by thingue » Sat Mar 06, 2021 3:57 am

I'm sorry to ask this question :?: but can you please just tell us : how far back in time on the list are those who are receiving the module today ?
(Because you told me by email "I can update you when I have stock." on the 8 of may 2020...)

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Post by thingue » Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:51 pm

phinland wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:54 am
General Update

Batches are built and shipping, new boards are being ordered, and we already have some very happy customers which is a joy to hear! For example...
My God! What a machine! I bought the [INSERT-RIVAL-PRODUCT-NAME-HERE] last year when I knew your module was delayed, but yours is on a different level...Really blew me away. I'm absolutely delighted with it...Thanks again, I knew it would be worth the wait.


That's the good news: things are moving. Also, as you know, we're still a tiny company getting on our feet so all the continuing kind words of support really do mean an awful lot!

The still-fine-just-slightly-less-so news is, despite much preparatory work over Xmas, the shipping has still proved to be a steep learning curve in practice. Obviously that's our problem not yours(!) but the main point concerns balancing shipping insurance with minimising shipping costs which I did want to be transparent about––although we finally think we've got a good middle ground solution now so it's all good.

In essence, if the shipper looses an item PayPal always refund the buyer. Obviously that's totally as it should be but it means if we give the buyer the choice to accept the risk of uninsured shipping for a lower fee (which we did for the first few we sold), then if it did go missing, it would still be we who got stung. Therefore, where initially I'd tried to give everyone options about shipping so you could accept the level of risk you wanted weighed against more or less cheep shipping, now I'm afraid we have to insist on insured tracked shipping.

It's only a few quid more, but weighed against £390 for the main and expander it's peanuts, and obviously with CoViD and Brexit, global shipping hasn't got simpler recently!

I'm sorry to ask this question :?: but can you please just tell us : how far back in time on the list are those who are receiving the module today ?
(Because you told me by email "I can update you when I have stock." on the 8 of may 2020...)

T h a n k s :party:

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Post by phinland » Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:10 am

thingue wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:51 pm

I'm sorry to ask this question :?: but can you please just tell us : how far back in time on the list are those who are receiving the module today ?
(Because you told me by email "I can update you when I have stock." on the 8 of may 2020...)

T h a n k s :party:
Hi, as I've said a few times now, it's really hard to give exact dates. Obviously I want to be as transparent as possible but anything I say will inevitably be taken as a deadline we'll be held to or used to infer speculative estimates which don't account for the realities of production.

When we spoke by Private Message I was giving my honest best estimate based on the situation at the time and what I knew of omsonic's workings. The best part of a year (and a pandemic!) has passed since then and much has changed. Omsonic stopped production and left the project very unexpectedly. I had to field the missed comms, set up a complete limited company from scratch, redesign, manufacture, registration, learn shipping and customs export documentation, and inherit, order and process the list from omsonic.

In the interests of transparency, I can tell everyone that omsonic's list dated back to 2019 and we are now 50 in, but, please, I don't want to be drawn any further than that because it simply doesn't help the situation.

We are working flat out. I promise we will get to everyone in the order they originally contacted omsonic, and when we have fulfilled all of those, I will then contact everyone who has registered interest since for the public sales.

That is the fairest, sanest and most efficient way I can see to deal with the situation, and that's how we're going to proceed.

Thanks everyone as always.

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Post by thingue » Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:03 am

phinland wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:10 am
thingue wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:51 pm

I'm sorry to ask this question :?: but can you please just tell us : how far back in time on the list are those who are receiving the module today ?
(Because you told me by email "I can update you when I have stock." on the 8 of may 2020...)

T h a n k s :party:
In the interests of transparency, I can tell everyone that omsonic's list dated back to 2019 and we are now 50 in

Thank you !!

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Post by auxpin » Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:42 am

phinland wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:10 am
...In the interests of transparency, I can tell everyone that omsonic's list dated back to 2019 and we are now 50 in, but, please, I don't want to be drawn any further than that because it simply doesn't help the situation...

Cheers for the update. Sounds like you're making good ground on the list :tu:
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Post by phinland » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:34 pm

auxpin wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:42 am
phinland wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:10 am
...In the interests of transparency, I can tell everyone that omsonic's list dated back to 2019 and we are now 50 in, but, please, I don't want to be drawn any further than that because it simply doesn't help the situation...
Cheers for the update. Sounds like you're making good ground on the list :tu:
Yes, and accelerating too. The last logistic hurdle was ensuring that shipments were landing overseas. Now I know they are proves the shipping and customs documentation system I set up is working. Ironing out the shipping service was important too but now that's all reliably field tested and working on a wide range of 'real' orders (UK, EU, European, and 'RestOfWorld') I can 'unchoke' the production line and ramp up to full capacity.

We have completed stock for the next couple of sales batches, and the money in the pot from the orders to date has funded the new production batch and the mountain of sliders that needs! We've decided not to recoup our startup costs yet or take any profits at all until the list is nearing completion so we can be sure we always have the money in the pot to drive production forward. (We're both lucky enough to have 'day' jobs with our academic positions so this is perfectly doable.)

The most revealing aspect has been the payment mechanism. PayPal really take their pound of flesh from both you guys as buyers (via conversion fees way above base rate) and we the sellers (over 5% = £20 on USD$ purchases!), yet offer very little in return so far as I can see. This is really hard for a micro startup like us, so while we of course retain the PayPal mechanism for those who want it, we've started encouraging people where possible to use TransferWise for non-UK purchases and ordinary BACS Bank Transfer for UK...and since we did so, I've been delighted to find everyone's taken this up!

This has proved to be incredibly important because the saved money drives the list forward: the the cashflow it frees up permits us to order more board batches from China all the sooner.


ProTip: Our whole shared community buys modules from around the world and, so long as you are confident you can trust the seller, TransferWise is really the best tip I can give people for international purchases: I first found it by accident a few years back when buying a Wobbler from Stein at TiNRS and haven't looked back since (either for payment systems or unique LFOs!)
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Post by phinland » Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:07 am

Just to say things are really moving now.

We're up to full production speed, we have a completely smoothly ironed-out workflow, from parts order, production and notification to payment, shipping and customs, and we've already shipped (multiply) to Scotland, England, USA, Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany...and counting! :yay:

The latest batch is arriving from China tomorrow for THT completion, we have lots of very happy customers already, and everything's running remarkably smoothly!

Our heads are down working and we'll be getting to you all! :tu:
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Post by Umcorps » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:21 am

phinland wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:07 am
and we've already shipped (multiply) to Scotland, England, USA, Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany...and counting! :yay:

And one even got smuggled over the Tamar. :party:


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Post by phinland » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:28 am

Umcorps wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:21 am
phinland wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:07 am
and we've already shipped (multiply) to Scotland, England, USA, Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany...and counting! :yay:

And one even got smuggled over the Tamar. :party:

Oh wow! This is GREAT! And you're you're deep diving after only 10 mins!! :-) So thrilled you like it! :chug:

This was the delivery notification picture I got sent on your tracking number...
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Post by phinland » Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:21 am

phinland wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:07 am
The latest batch is arriving from China tomorrow for THT completion...
Strike that––new boards arrived today a day early and Stuart has already completed 5! Bosh! :tu:

We make 'em naked so we can just slap on the panel colour you want at order. Blue is high-polish and black is a kind of satin (almost gunmetal) finish: both look great. The black:blue ratio has been very interesting, but I'm going to leave it up to you guys to speculate on what the relative numbers actually are... :-)

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Post by Naenyn » Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:31 pm

Can't wait to get one. I hope you'll get to me soon. =] The last hole I have to fill in my setup...

Keep up the great work! Thank you for all the info.
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Post by phinland » Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:59 pm

Naenyn wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:31 pm
Can't wait to get one. I hope you'll get to me soon. =] The last hole I have to fill in my setup...
Keep up the great work! Thank you for all the info.
Cheers dude! Actually you're not that far down the list now––won't be just yet, but it will be soon :-)
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Post by Naenyn » Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:18 pm

phinland wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:59 pm
Naenyn wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:31 pm
Can't wait to get one. I hope you'll get to me soon. =] The last hole I have to fill in my setup...
Keep up the great work! Thank you for all the info.
Cheers dude! Actually you're not that far down the list now––won't be just yet, but it will be soon :-)
Woohoo, thank you for that. You sure are cranking through the list fast, it sounds like! :hail:
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Post by phinland » Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:14 am

Naenyn wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:18 pm
phinland wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:59 pm
Naenyn wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:31 pm
Can't wait to get one. I hope you'll get to me soon. =]e
Cheers dude! Actually you're not that far down the list now
Woohoo, thank you for that. You sure are cranking through the list fast, it sounds like! :hail:
Thanks! As I said, the main aim of this early stage of the company is never to repeat the situation of how it was before we took over, so we are working really hard to ensure both productivity and communication remain paramount.

It’s been a steep learning curve setting everything up so quickly, getting shipment and payment systems right and maintaining cash flow to keep manufacturing going (that’s the whole no-PayPal thing we’re so keen customers do, or rather don’t do!), but I think we’ve cracked it!
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Post by Mad_Rasputin » Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:58 am

I want one of these BAD!
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Doooonnntt ccaaaarrrreeeee hhoooowwww, I want it Nowwwwwwww!
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Post by phinland » Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:26 am

Mad_Rasputin wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:01 am
Doooonnntt ccaaaarrrreeeee hhoooowwww, I want it Nowwwwwwww!
Haha, won't be too long now: PM me or go to https://www.stochasticinstruments.com/contact and I'll add you to the Notification List for the Public Sale once that happens (when we clear the waitlist). :-)
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Post by phinland » Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:58 am

Another beautiful video, this time from the proud owner of SN#001 in...Estonia!


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Post by phinland » Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:53 am

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Post by deftinwulf » Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:12 am

Thanks for the updates and congratulations on your progress with this amazing module. I will definitely be picking one up when US sales are open and smooth. Hopefully in the blue panel, if you're still producing them in that color. ;) :yay: :party:

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Post by auxpin » Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:33 am

Thanks for the updates, so pleased it is going well for you. I can't wait to get mine, hope I'm nearing the top of the list ;)
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Post by phinland » Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:50 am

deftinwulf wrote:
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:12 am
Thanks for the updates and congratulations on your progress with this amazing module. I will definitely be picking one up when US sales are open and smooth. Hopefully in the blue panel, if you're still producing them in that color. ;) :yay: :party:
Thanks for those really kind words! Blue panels not a problem either! :-) If you drop me a line at https://www.stochasticinstruments.com/contact I'll add you to the notification list!
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