Buchla 100 Series is officially back!

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Buchla 100 Series is officially back!

Post by deltaphoenix » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:56 am

This was unexpected, I just saw a post on BUSA’s Facebook page . The gist is in conjunction w/Morton Subotnick and the San Francisco Tape Center the 100 Series is being released as kits and built. This is a BUSA collaboration with The Human Comparator. Also, Todd Barton is involved.

They are showing the system at Knobcon so I expect more details and videos soon.

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Post by LVU » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:19 am

In the facebook comment they also wrote:

"We are re-releasing the 200 series as well." :woah:

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Post by reverberation » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:35 am

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I was lucky enough to get a short demonstration by The Human Comparator of his 100 system 1.5 years ago. BEAUTIFUL!

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Post by sempervirent » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:18 am

Spotted this on Instagram earlier. Seems like a good move by BUSA. Bug-free 200-series reissues would also be welcome. Hopefully there will be some (optional?) mods to get closer interoperability between 100/200 control voltages.

Original FB post is here for reference:


And here's a shot of the system from a Knobcon visitor. This appears to be the same system by zthee/THC posted above.

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Post by mutierend » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:23 am

Looks like it's time to sell some stock.

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Post by Peake » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:09 pm

Congrats to Human Comparator!

Standard questions apply: Will the new modules and kits co-exist with other modules and kits not from BUSA or will there be a Declaration...imagine if access to the 200 Series became solely production modules in an expected price range.
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Post by LVU » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:16 pm

I am curious if they also have a partner for the 200 series.
Being a clones user buying from builders, this looks interesting. Also curious about pricing. At the moment I am expanding into 200e, hope they don't forget about their flagship with all this new stuff happening.

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Post by JesperP » Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:22 pm

Very interesting and imo welcomed move of Buchla to team up with THC on this one. It’s gonna be interesting to see what the diy prices.

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Post by blw » Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:54 pm

Keeping me on the edge of my seat now. :popcorn:

Don might never have done this, but it is a logical direction for Buchla USA, I think. Honor a legacy and meet obvious demand for the classic lines. If all they ever did was offer the 100 and 200 series and perhaps refine 200e, that would be an amazing catalog of modules.

As mentioned above, interoperability seems critical to me. I'd be into adding a compatible raw and gutsy 158, say, but not really a full 100 system. Unless they were priced like the basic modules they are, perhaps.

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Post by misa » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:20 am

I'm *so* looking forward to the new 259...!

and a reliable 248?

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Post by revtor » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:33 am

Isn’t this basically the red panel modules? So they’re slapping their name on two clone systems of the same modules?

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Post by cygmu » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:12 pm

The Human Comparator managed to put together clones of quite a few more 100-series modules than the Red Panel range, so there's a chance that Buchla will be able to put out a very full range here without much effort. You can see what he built at
http://www.theonehundreds.com/

The 4U 100-clones run on the original power supplied (0 - 15V and 24V) while the Red Panel are Euro +/-12V so I guess there's a small amount more effort needed to put the Red Panels together, but only a bit.

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Post by Peake » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:37 pm

Dave Brown has just posted mods to the Roman 245 and 246, one mod specifically eliminating the +24V rail so Catalyst must have had to redesign that part of the 180 etc. as well to work with a maximum +12V Euro rail. Some redesign must have occurred.

The original Buchla 100 power supply featured a smoothed but unregulated +24V rail. Anyone building a system can use the original supply if it's cloned as part of the system or a good +15V unipolar supply plus a simple 1A or 2A +24V wall wart. Only a few modules used +24V (190, 180, etc.)
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Post by snufkin » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:55 pm

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Post by levelhead3 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:06 pm

I wonder if these are going to be through hole or surface mount? Weren't the Catalyst 100 modules redesigned as surface mount before their release as Red Panel?

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Post by njdoyle » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:39 pm

levelhead3 wrote:I wonder if these are going to be through hole or surface mount? Weren't the Catalyst 100 modules redesigned as surface mount before their release as Red Panel?
Through hole: viewtopic.php?t=194298&sid=235938232ef6 ... 253926aaf8

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Post by vgermuse » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:21 am

Catalyst Audio partnered with BuchlaUSA to do the Red Panel.
The Human Comparator partnered with BuchlaUSA to do this one-to-one
replica of the 4U Buchla 100 with original components and yes, through hole.
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Post by levelhead3 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:54 am

Excellent!!

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Post by Fuzz » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:56 am

misa wrote:I'm *so* looking forward to the new 259...!

and a reliable 248?
:loves: I'll also take a side order of a 219 and a 288 without the noise.
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Post by djangosfire » Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:14 am

I wish Muffwiggler Mike was here to see this... he would have been so excited :waah: .... Thank you for sharing.... this is epic and awesome news :hail: :sb:
vgermuse wrote:Catalyst Audio partnered with BuchlaUSA to do the Red Panel.
The Human Comparator partnered with BuchlaUSA to do this one-to-one
replica of the 4U Buchla 100 with original components and yes, through hole.
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Post by Prunesquallor » Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:25 am

This hasn't stopped existing kits being sold by lasesentaysiete.com, just sayin'.

Any advantage other than the Buchla endorsement?
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Post by beyourdog » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:26 am

Prunesquallor wrote:This hasn't stopped existing kits being sold by lasesentaysiete.com, just sayin'.

Any advantage other than the Buchla endorsement?
Not much, appart for paying a premium...The sun is rising on the nothing new...

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Post by blw » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:12 am

Prunesquallor wrote:Any advantage other than the Buchla endorsement?
Something conceived as a system vs. multiple builders, consistent design, presumable retail availability, support. Can’t speak to the 100 but all of the 200 clone builds are not of the same quality. Hopefully they differentiate prebuilt vs diy somehow.

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Post by polyroy » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:32 am

Having just dipped my toes into the DIY world and loving it, the prospect of kits for this is exciting - especially given my euro system generally being based around Buchla modules.

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Post by shoegazer86 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:42 am

This has been a hard secret to keep, but now I can speak a bit freely about it. With all the research I've completed on 100 and 200 recently, Ive been speaking to Eric directly since March. So it was hard not to spill a single bean.

Only nitpick from me, mainly that the 155 is a Buchla Associates module and not SFTMC. But that's me being a pain in the butt.

Overall I am very impressed with how receptive Buchla USA has been to those in the DIY community and its a breath of fresh air to see that from a company.

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