To say we’ve been overwhelmed by the response to our NAMM introduction of the Music Easel would truly be the understatement of all time. This group’s passion is more than obvious---at the time of this writing, this thread had been viewed over 39,000 times! In the interest of trying to give you the best information possible, here’s the official BEMI word….
Pricing Structure The Music Easel is BEMI’s first foray into selling Buchla gear through dealers, and while we are keeping the number of dealers purposely small, we are following a traditional dealer pricing model. This means that while BEMI will sell the unit at the MSRP of $3999.99, dealers can advertise it for $3,699.99. No matter whether you choose to purchase directly from BEMI or go through a BEMI dealer, orders will be shipped in the order in which BEMI receives them.
Orders / Email Address Confusion Due to a combination of circumstances, some Easel inquiries sent to our [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien] address were not received. Our sincere apologies to those of you who were frustrated by our lack of response. We have recovered the mails, and we are contacting everyone who was not previously contacted and/or who did not subsequently place their order through either [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien] or [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien].
So that no one who tried to order an Easel via [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien] is unfairly penalized by our error, we will honor order inquiries sent to that address if a deposit is received within seven days of our contacting you. This will guarantee you a position on the fulfillment list in accordance with the original date of your email. If you don’t send in a deposit within seven days of being contacted, your position in line will be based solely on the date your payment arrives.
About the Units at NAMM…. Yes, the Easels were prototypes, which by definition, means that they were incomplete, non-production units. Each of the two on the show floor was in a different state of readiness. Unfortunately, the audio output sections of both units were not finished in time for the show, which is why you saw people listening on headphones only (and even that wasn’t done via the headphone jacks). That said, the electronic circuitry was largely complete, and we’re well into the next revision of circuit boards. We’re actively implementing tweaks and refinements to the entire system---well on our way to the projected Q2 release.
Features We’re listening! In addition to the many thoughtful comments we received at NAMM from the Buchla community, we’re closely following the “vintage accuracy versus modern functionality” debate in this forum, and doing our best to find the optimum blend of the two. We’ll continue to refine and implement changes in accordance with your input. Our goal is to put the best possible instrument in your hands.
The preset card is a good example. We think it’s really important to remain true to the original Easel’s preset card architecture (apparently some of you can’t get enough solder fumes). But we also understand the modern workflow and the need for immediate access to multiple presets---hence the design of our optional preset manager/ iPad interface card. Speaking of which, the interface’s spec calls for saving/loading presets, remote programming of the Easel via iPad, and wireless operation. MSRP TBA.
We’ll post the full feature list and specs on our new Web site as soon as it’s launched. (We’re busy translating the Latin pages now….)
Aesthetics The debate over original vs. new aesthetics is raging nearly as fiercely as the one over features. Again, we’re doing our best to find the sweet spot. A couple of things you can be sure of: The case lid will be removable and we’re taking a long hard look at all of the graphic elements, from fonts and colors to knobs….
Don Buchla’s Involvement If you were BEMI, would you reissue the Music Easel without Don’s involvement? Get real!
The Manual It’s our intention to include an appropriately updated version of the original Allen Strange manual along with new documentation to help users unfamiliar with the Easel unlock its sonic potential.
European Service / Distribution Yes to both! We’ll be announcing dealers, distributors, and service centers on our Web site as they come on line.
Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you whose love for Buchla gear has made this entire project (not just the Easel, but BEMI itself) possible.
Autre info intéressante, Alessandro Cortini plus connu sous son nom de scène : Blindoldfreak fait également plus ou moins officiellement partie du projet. Ce qui est sûr c'est que ce dernier poussera BEMI à réaliser un clone du 208 le plus proche de l'original.