I agree I would like Singlepower to stay around and I hope that is the outcome. I would like to see some more positive signs that we are moving in that direction though.
Anyway here's an update on my end:
He did follow through with sending me an email:
"I'll give you a call shortly, but this is what's been done:
Replaced transformers and power supply components including the
Replaced the digital display power supply and incorporated it into the
Updated the entire circuit with higher power settings on the output
circuits and replaced two of the amplifier boards with new units.
Replaced the headband tension bars with new aluminum milled braces.
I've also installed a new hybrid battery PS component for testing and
I've been listening to the battery unit. It's just awesome. I can
complete the battery supply and have it completed within a 10 days. I
think the benefit from the battery supply is excellent.
Base upgrades and replacements total $1750. I'll call you to discuss."
We talked extensively after on the phone (~20 minute conversation). I will give Mikhail credit for being on the ball with communication. My first concern was the 1750.. it was a lot higher than expected, but I suppose not entirely out of line for repairs and upgrades on two items given the high original prices on both items. But compounded by the delays and missed deadlines I am not entirely committed to paying that full amount esp since it was not represented to me up front. We'll see though...
Either way my second concern was timeline. He tried to sell me on this battery thing again and I asked if that was part of the 1750 and reiterated that I am not interested esp since money is somewhat of a concern. Apparently though he already installed it and is tweaking it right now and it is a toss up whether or not it'd be faster to complete it or take it out.
I told him I'm pretty unwilling to pay for it, but I do want it back asap... maybe I can be convinced to pay for it down the road after I've heard it, but currently I am skeptical.
He said by Christmas he feels is realistic and I told him I'll give him until first week of January because I want him to do a good job and there is no way I will pay for anything that I am not satisfied with esp in light of the Tom thing.
I also told him to get me my headband asap like today since its done and should be relatively easy to pack and I would pay him 500 dollars of the outstanding balance. He asked for the end of the week and I agreed, but I would go a little nuts on him if he breaks this final deadline. I told him this is a big and important step for him to regain my confidence and make me a happy customer. He said he understood and would not let me down.
We will see