Good points all around, I just thought it was interesting to see MN taking the "color" out of things.
squarewavesurfer wrote:My guess is getting rid of the blue knobs means money saved. They didn't use them on their black panel line. I prefer the gray panels with the blue and white because it was iconic make noise to me.
Yeah, it was iconic for them, I always wondered if the choice of blue was a subtle reference to the Buchla 200 series modules with the blue knobs (which were actually manufactured by the same knob company back in the 1970s).
squarewavesurfer wrote:The trend of black panel options has made it difficult for consumers to stick to one panel colour since both options are never in stock at the same time. But i know you can't please everyone
Yes, I think some people are getting my black alt panels even if they prefer the original MN graphics because waiting around for a black version of whatever module one might be seeking is not so fun. MN could offer panels individually as 4ms has done but for some reason they've chosen not to (I'd guess it's a use of the scarcity principle
Superaction80 wrote:My understanding is Rogan knobs in colors other than white are a special order. Maybe that has become more expensive. Or make noise decided to stop messing with it. I’m with you on the color scheme. I was saddened when Mutable stopped using magenta and blue, though I recall Emilie saying she went with all white because she didn’t like how arbitrary the color schemes on the knobs were. Which is exactly why I liked them. I like having my system look a little visually counter-intuitive.
Rogan has standard color options, though I've never had colors quoted. I do know that the magenta and teal colors that Mutable used were custom.
Superaction80 wrote:I’ve seen old threads here where folks had organized group buys of colored rogans. I wonder if that’s worth trying to start up again.
I think you'd have to get permission from Mutable, since custom options (not just colors but also tooling for different shaft types) are not available to other buyers. It's the same with Harvestman orange. I don't think any of those group buys succeeded because the pricing doesn't really work unless you order 1,000 of each color.
As you can tell I've spent way too much time on the phone with Rogan! My rep always talks my ear off. They really love their synth customers. Mutable is even featured on the homepage of https://www.rogancorp.com
FWIW I no longer sell these knobs individually but you can get them from SynthCube (US) and Thonk (UK) in a range of sizes and shaft types:
https://www.thonk.co.uk/shop/make-noise ... yle-knobs/