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post #1 of 47
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Update: The group buy is now closed. I will continue to update this post as things progress.

All parts received 30/10/08. Payment and shipping in progress.


I am making up some kits for Millett Hybrid Mini Maxes to sell on a not-for-profit basis to fellow Australians. Each build is based around the group-buy case that is currently going on. All parts are top-shelf straight from the official BOM from Mouser, Digikey, Beezar and Sonic Craft. My BOM is attached to this post.

Current estimate for parts for the default build is US$220.
International shipping will be split evenly amongst all parties.
Domestic shipping will be registered and insured parcel post.
There will be a very small handling fee for bagging up parts.

In addition to the base build, I am offering parts choices on:
Case colour: silver or black from group buy
Vol knob colour: silver or black from Partspipe
Output transistors: anything from Beezar
Electrolytic coupling caps: Muse ES from Beezar or Black Gate NX from Sonic Craft
Output resistors: 10-100 ohm from Beezar
I am happy to add any other small items people want from Mouser or Digikey.

If anyone wants me to do a full build for them, I might be inclined to do it for a small fee to cover materials and certainly not a money making exercise. But I could only do a couple - first in, best dressed.

People involved and their current status will be updated here:

Beefy
1 silver, 1 black case
2 parts kits
2 set of Black Gates
2 sets of 2SC2238/2SA968 transistors
2 12FK6 tubes
2 12FM6 tubes
4 10ohm KOA output resistors
Assorted Mouser, Digikey and Beezar parts

Lordvader
$220 DEPOSIT PAID
WAITING FOR CASE BEFORE SHIPPING
1 black case
1 parts kit
1 set of Black Gates
1 set of 2SC2238/2SA968 transistors
2 12AE6 tubes
2 12FK6 tubes
NO wallwart
NO output resistors

Daveze
PAID IN FULL
SHIPPED
RECEIVED
2 parts kits
2 sets of Black Gates
4 12FM6 tubes
NO cases
NO output transistors
NO fuse clips
NO wallwart
NO output resistors

fordgtlover
PAID IN FULL
SHIPPED
RECEVIED
Assorted Digikey parts

Garrett
PAID IN FULL
HAND DELIVERED
1 parts kit, modified for 'regular' Max
1 set of Muse ES from Beefy's stash
1 set of 2SC3422/2SA1359 transistors
1 12AE6 tube
NO output resistors
? wallwart

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Cheers!
Beefy
LL
post #2 of 47
BIG INTEREST from me up here in FNQ. I've sent you a PM but my computer is giving me fits; if it didn't go through, contact me here: ddoingwell@gmail.com
post #3 of 47
Sorry...here I am again: will it look like THIS?

Millett Hybrid Maxed - nuxx.net

Tres chic....
post #4 of 47
What would the price work out to be??
post #5 of 47
PM sent !

Will there be any issue "customising" things such as coupling caps or transistors (in terms of logistics) ?
post #6 of 47
Thread Starter 
Ooooh, some interest straight off the bat. Fantastic stuff!

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BIG INTEREST from me up here in FNQ. I've sent you a PM but my computer is giving me fits; if it didn't go through, contact me here: ddoingwell@gmail.com
I got your PM, and sent one back. If you are still having trouble, I will email you directly. But watching this thread is a safe bet too!

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Originally Posted by ddoingwell View Post
Sorry...here I am again: will it look like THIS?

Millett Hybrid Maxed - nuxx.net

Tres chic....
Very much like that, but in a more compact case.

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Originally Posted by m0b1liz3 View Post
What would the price work out to be??
It will depend very heavily on how the exchange rate pans out and how much shipping costs. I would be *very* surprised if it came in over $400. But realistically, the reason I am doing this is because if anyone was keen to build one, a group buy like this will be cheaper than going it alone or buying parts from Farnell/RS.

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Originally Posted by lordvader View Post
Will there be any issue "customising" things such as coupling caps or transistors (in terms of logistics) ?
I don't believe so. So long as I can buy it from one of the four stores I will be ordering from, I will be able to re-package it and send it on. In terms of passing on costs, shipping will be split evenly between all parties regardless, then everyone just pays for their share of the parts, after currency conversion and fees. Payment will be Paypal only.

Anyway, this seems to be enough interest for me to make a BOM. Watch this space for more info!

Cheers
post #7 of 47
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Somebody raised in a PM that Glass Jar Audio sells regular Millett Max kits for US$190. I want to make it very clear that I will not be able to beat that price, nor am I trying to.

This is intended for Australian buyers of the new Mini Max, who want the spectacular case that tomb is organising to along with their amp. Also, I'm hoping that some of us will go for Black Gates and boutique transistors to put some *really* special amps into the world......

Cheers!
post #8 of 47
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Please find attached a preliminary BOM. I haven't had a thorough chance to check it yet so there may be some oversights, but I will do that tomorrow. Any opinions or suggestions are welcome.

In summary, it looks like about US$220 for the default build including the case. At a worst-case (hopefully!) exchange rate of 0.6, that is just under AU$370. Plus all shipping, under $400 should be doable if we get myself plus 3-4 others.

Note that this does not include the wallwart to keep local shipping down. They can be purchased from Jaycar or Altronics, or I can include them.

Questions and comments are welcome!
LL
post #9 of 47
I think the default build looks good (not convinced that blackgates will be worth the extra expense !).

So at this point, should I ask tomb to remove my name from the group buy, or should I wait for confirmation from you ?

Also, fingers crossed for an improved exchange rate ! (it was at 68c as of a minute ago !)
post #10 of 47
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I think the default build looks good (not convinced that blackgates will be worth the extra expense !).
Nor am I...... but if somebody else goes for them, I will probably join in!

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So at this point, should I ask tomb to remove my name from the group buy, or should I wait for confirmation from you ?
Just wait a couple of days at this point. I've had a lot of nibbles, but most people are still put off by the price. I think they are expecting starving student type prices. If it were just you and me, domestic shipping would eat up the international shipping savings for you. But as soon as I get one or two more confirmations, we can move forward.

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Also, fingers crossed for an improved exchange rate ! (it was at 68c as of a minute ago !)
This is absolutely critical really. With the cases, I will just pay for them as soon as I receive the PayPal invoice from tomb. With the other parts, I will have the order primed and ready and only jump when I am happy with the rate NAB offers.
post #11 of 47
Beefy,

If you need a little more weight I might enter for 1-2 kits (and maybe a few extra cases).

I'll flick you a PM shortly.

Josh
post #12 of 47
Thread Starter 
Ah, fantastic, some genuine interest!

I've updated the BOM with a few new parts and prices, but ultimately nothing has really changed. Allow US$220 for all parts including the case, plus a share of international shipping, plus domestic shipping. I might ask an extra dollar or two for plastic baggies and labels to pack up all the kits, but include some silver/teflon wire to compensate.

Oh, and while making my Mouser Project it claims that I qualify for discounted shipping of $US30 (down from $45). If that holds up, I *will* put in the Digikey order for the Panasonic FM caps.

Still waiting for somebody to bite the bullet on BlackGates though......
post #13 of 47
how bout an aussie group build
post #14 of 47
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how bout an aussie group build
I already said in the first post that I might build one or two of these for people.
post #15 of 47
I'm also happy to lend my soldering iron to the cause. My caveat is just that I'm after the cost of the case as an initial down payment.
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