NEWS
July 2018

 

   Our new shop space is finally somewhat operational, we have resumed taking orders now under our new reduced capacity (see below) and have changed the method for placing orders, and we've extended the estimated time-to-ship on orders.

 


 

Now Ordering by Email
and about reduced capacity

   I'm now taking orders via email so I can have absolute control over my work queue, and time, and scheduling. I'll send you a PayPal link in an email for placing your order which will work the same way as the Order Now buttons sending you through PayPal.

   Since 2014 our work queue was entirely un-manageable because of the "Order Now" paypal buttons on our website. At any given moment in time any number of people (around the world) could click the buttons to order and I might get like 20 orders on the same day or the same hour overloading my work queue. Since I am a small business and I build each one per order there was no way to build and ship those 20 pedals within the time-to-ship estimate ...and... continue with our Pickup, Amplifier, and Vintage Gear Repair business and even working 12-16/Hr days to keep up didn't work.

   We stopped making vibes last year in July 2017 while we moved the shop, and before resuming in July 2018 we decided to avoid any more of the 12-16/hr workdays and decided we would run under a reduced capacity not taking more than 3 vibe orders per week. Doing this will mean we won't have to work 12-16/Hr days anymore ever. We also lengthened the ETA time "from order to ship" from 20-days to 30-days to help reduce the workload/stress.

   Understand that I do many other things in my shop besides building vibe pedals (ie; amps, pickups, vintage gear, etc) and the vibe pedal thing can quickly overload my time and schedule. I don't have a "production line", or a factory in China, and I don't have anything pre-built on the shelf ready to ship. I literally hand build each and every one per order. I build my vibes because I love vibes, I make the best, and so I need to be happy doing this or drop them and move on ...and there we have it.

 


 

The End Is In Sight
Advisory Notice

Classic Vibe and Vibe-Baby production to come to an end...

   IF you have been waiting/hesitating to buy one of my Classic Vibe or Vibe-Baby pedals, or perhaps you bought one and want another for backup or spare, you will need to "get on it" sooner than later.

   This March 2018 I got the bad news that the manufacturer who was making my photocells has stopped production without prior notice (to me). It's a RoHS thing restricting Cadmium from import/export and unfortunately the photocells used in quality vibes are made with Cadmium, we all knew it was comming so it was no surprise.

   I was able to make a final last time purchase of several hundred and have enough to make another 150 more vibes, but when my supply of photocells is exhausted I will stop making the Classic Vibe and Vibe-Baby pedals. Although that will seem to be a sad day at the shop, I have to say it's been a good run and I'm quite happy I've made hundreds of the best possible vibes for people, and for myself. There is an old saying that seems appropriate now: Dont cry because it's over, be happy because it happened.

I will post another advisory when we're down to the last few vibes, and of course when we're finally out of photocells.

 

Retirement Countdown ...tic-tic-tic...

   I'm 59 years old this year (2018) and my wife and I plan to retire in five years (2023) so IF you plan to buy anything from us, or get equipment serviced by us please keep this countdown timeline in mind as we will be ramping-down (everything) as we move into that last year. Don't wait until the last minute peeps.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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