Q: How much is the shipping?
A: Worldwide shipping is free for all orders.
Q: Do you sell kits or panel?
A: No, we sell only printed circuit boards, some DSP-based effect modules like 277 come with preprogrammed EEPROMs. Panels and kits are offered here. You still can source the parts yourself.
Q: How close is the circuitry to the original vintage modules?
A: As close as possible, some modules have modern replacements of the semiconductors if it doesn’t affect the sound. Some effects modules are using DSP, but working the same way as they are supposed to work (or even better).
Q: I want a prebuilt module, can you help me?
A: We do not offer built modules, but we can help to find a proper person who can make this.
Q: Would you assist in a build if I have questions?
A: A step by step building and calibration tutorial with pictures for be published for each module. We also can recommend person who can debug the module if something goes wrong.
Q: I’ve built the module, but don’t like how it works, can I get the money back?
A: Sorry - the returns are not accepted.
Q: Do you have any affordable case and power supply solutions?
A: We will offer these very soon.
Q: Are these kits compatible with modern B&A or BEMI cabinets are modules?
A: Yes, they use the same panel format and power supply connector.
Q: Can I do my own panel?
A: Yes, but you have to make your own graphics - only drilling templates are provided. Holes are marked by a black colour, reds are countersunk holes for M3 flat-head screws.
Q: Where can I buy rare semiconductors?
A: We recommend UTSOURCE for this.
Q: What about knobs?
A: Black Davies knobs are in stock on Mouser. Blue/red Rogan knobs are usually offered for group-buys on MUFFWIGGLER.
Q: Hardware?
A: SMALLBEAR is offering hardware kits for the modules, including potentiometers, banana jacks, screws, standoffs, switches and Vactrols. Vactrols are not hardware, they are optocouplers, but Smallbear is one of the few stores that stock them.
Q: What do i need to build a kit besides the parts, pcbs and panels?
A: You’ll need a soldering iron, solder (regular and a thin one for smd), desoldering pump, flux, side cutters, a set of screwdrivers, colored wire (black, white, red, green, orange, brown, yellow), heat shrink tubes, zip ties, tweezers, 10mm and 11mm wrench, 11/32” and 3/8” nut driver, a multimeter and an oscilloscope. the 296 module also requires a signal generator for calibration, but you may use existing 258/259 oscillator and a frequency measuring multimeter or a scope.