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Karl
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« Reply #390 on: October 04, 2017, 05:56:57 pm »

This will just be a quick, big picture update.  It is a busy time as we strive to be prepared for the Coda launch on many fronts.

We now have nice production parts (in dark brown), and the texturing came out very nice. If you are not excited about brown either, have no fear! We ran those parts only because we needed to get them ASAP to the ultrasonic welding equipment company so that they could complete work on our horns and fixtures. Without that ultrasonic welding equipment, we can't assemble Coda.

As far as when they will complete their work, the ultrasonic welding guys say,  "...delivery [of the tooling] is 1st/2nd week November or ASAP."  So, write that on your calendars! It looks like November is the month.  And since I am NEVER wrong when I make a prediction...  (A song from the Pirates of Penzance springs to mind here. If you don't get this one, you may need to go to a few more high school musicals.)

We finally have the needed color concentrate to make both black and slightly-transparent dark cobalt-blue parts. There were a lot of delays on this because we are working with a type of plastic that neither my molder nor the color concentrate people have worked with before, so you wouldn't believe all we've gone through just to get these color concentrates. (None of the suppliers had the cobalt blue resin, so it is a true custom color, but we could have bought stock black material instead of getting a custom color concentrate made. The only drawback was that we would have had to buy 15,000 or 20,000 pounds of it. Gulp! Hopefully next year!)

I've chosen a plastic called Zylar --a less common, more expensive resin-- because it is very tough, it molds a bit more precisely with less molded-in stress than either polycarbonate or ABS, and it is very safe, i.e., it's suitable for medical devices, reusable drinking ware, etc. 

I mention the colors again because I think that two-tone Codas will look classy and more interesting. (The proof is in the pudding, though.) You see, Coda has four components: a top, a middle, a bottom, and a mouthpiece, so we can combine these components in different ways to create Coda Blue, Coda Black, and --for the really hardcore-- Coda Black & Blue. Wink  (You are not alone. My wife didn't think that was funny either.)

Gotta run...


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« Reply #391 on: October 05, 2017, 07:54:30 am »

Thanks for the update Karl, it is much appreciated. Sounds like lots of good news with a great probability of having a Coda in time for Christmas 2017.

The only real question is when you would like some money? Will you be contacting people on the waiting list or just let the orders flood in and sort them out then?


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« Reply #392 on: October 05, 2017, 08:13:28 am »

Just looked up Zylar and apart from being tough, very safe and have good moulding characteristics I was glad to note that it also has excellent resistance to alcohol. I am now wondering if this was a factor in your decision, if so you really do try to think of everything!  Grin


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« Reply #393 on: October 05, 2017, 02:52:40 pm »

Thanks, Karl. Long, tough road. Almost there. Can we have a beautiful Celtic tune soon?


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« Reply #394 on: October 05, 2017, 05:25:28 pm »

Thanks Karl.  Maybe I can have one  in time for Christmas.  I was hoping to have it in time to play a few Christmas tunes on it.  Sigh maybe next year.


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« Reply #395 on: October 08, 2017, 10:44:12 am »

Thank you for the update, Karl.  Cool

(And you are funny. Weird, but funny.)


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« Reply #396 on: October 26, 2017, 07:25:07 pm »

A forum probably isn’t the place to mention this, but it’s all we’ve been able to think about lately. Even though physically present, I’ve been away for the last few weeks. You see, we lost my wonderful, witty, warmhearted mom soon after my last post. I had just flown out to California and back as her escort so she could visit my brothers and their families out West for a few weeks. (At 87, Mom wasn’t comfortable flying alone anymore.) Two days later, we got the call. After a day full of smiles, enjoying family, and playing with her newest great-grandchild, Mom collapsed while completing her daily crossword puzzle and didn’t wake back up. As much as she had tried to prepare us for her death (for example, she would often start sentences with her droll phrase, “When I croak…”), of course we weren’t ready. Then came the funeral, loved ones from out of town, clearing out her house, etc., etc.  (My amazing wife Susan and I are the local ones, so we are the boots on the ground.) Anyway, I am back now--mostly. We are thankful to have enjoyed the friendship of our most loyal supporter for so long.
 
So, about Coda… we now have our first production run of opaque black and semi-translucent dark cobalt blue parts.  They look very good.  Now, we are just waiting for the ultrasonic welding company to finish up the tooling so that we can assemble Coda.

Harp Player, I promise that we can make it by Christmas. (And I'm pretty sure that it will be Christmas of 2017.) 

Sinocelt, thanks for saying that I'm funny. (I would offer you the customary Coda "kiss-up" discount, but I'm afraid that calling me weird, while it may be true, disqualifies you for any special offers. I'm sure you understand.)

Shar, I'm going to record some videos soon. I'll keep in mind your suggestion for a beautiful Celtic song.

D102, your question about Zylar's excellent resistance to alcohol made me laugh, but, for the record, "No comment." We will be emailing people soon about how to order Coda. Before I ask you to send money, you'll get to see demo videos, etc.



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« Reply #397 on: October 27, 2017, 01:48:38 am »

Sorry for your loss Karl.


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« Reply #398 on: October 27, 2017, 05:51:11 am »

I am so sorry about the loss of your Mother.


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« Reply #399 on: October 27, 2017, 01:59:33 pm »

I'm so sorry ,Karl. I just lost my beloved sister. It's a difficult time.


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« Reply #400 on: October 27, 2017, 06:19:44 pm »

mes sincères condoléances pour la mort de votre mère Karl ...
"my sincere condolences for the death of your mother Karl ..."


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« Reply #401 on: October 27, 2017, 07:22:19 pm »

You all are very kind, as I knew you would be. What a great group of people!

Here is a portion of an email that I just received from the company that is creating our custom tooling for ultrasonic welding the 4 Coda components: "Your tooling is being worked on now. One set of tooling is done and the shop is finishing up the other 2 sets. We should be ready to start test welding parts by the end of next week."  Next Friday is November 3rd, so --depending on how the testing goes-- it looks like they are on track.  I'm hoping to begin sales by Coda Friday (previously referred to as Black Friday). Before that, you should have pictures, a website, demo videos, tips videos...

By the way, with the expensive delays and as we get a more accurate view of costs, I should mention that I miscalculated the price of Coda. At first it was to be $99, but then I lowered it to $49.95 to make Coda a bit more accessible (against the friendly advice of some of you). Well, now, all things considered, $59.95 seems like a wiser price. (It's a mistake to run out of gas during takeoff.)  Of course, I will honor the $49.95 price for you faithful followers on the waiting list.  Also, we're considering offering the $49.95 price to people who buy 2 or more Codas in the same transaction. We're not completely sure about this one, but it would be a big help to those who want to purchase extra instruments for family or friends, and it would likely benefit us as well.

Thanks again for the words of comfort.


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« Reply #402 on: October 28, 2017, 11:49:26 am »

Very sorry to hear about your mother, Karl. As you say, no matter how prepared you think you are, you're just not ready for that.

Re: Coda.. Have you experimented with mixing the two colors yet?

Edit: changed "strange" to "sorry". "Strange" was a strange choice for autocorrect.

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« Reply #403 on: October 28, 2017, 01:31:59 pm »

Thank you for the updates Karl, Coda seems to be getting very, very close to launch now.  Thank you also for having the courage to post about the death of your mother something that must still be very painful for you.  She sounds like a lovely lady and I am sure you miss her.  Seventeen years on and I still miss mine.

Glad my comment regarding alcohol resistance got a laugh, it was very "tongue in cheek" (is that expression used in the US?)

Anyway my money is ready and waiting whichever price and with or without any more pictures, sound samples or videos I am just hoping you can dispatch early enough to avoid the Black Friday and Christmas postal log-jams.


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« Reply #404 on: October 28, 2017, 05:03:19 pm »

I'm glad you asked about colors, Ubizmo. The first thing I have to say about color combinations is that I didn’t expect to like the solid colors as much as I do.

I really like the black, especially now with the matte, scratch resistant texturing on the top and bottom surfaces. The smooth non-textured mouthpiece makes a nice contrast. In fact, I even like the very dark brown Codas (a color which the colorant people sent us by mistake) now that they have the textured top and bottom surfaces. For me personally, I guess the black has a slight edge over the dark brown, but since you well-dressed individuals will obviously demand a Coda to match every outfit and pair of shoes, brown Coda may have a place in your Winter wardrobe. Wink

When I first picked up the cobalt blue parts, I was still in sort of a daze for reasons referred to above, so I wasn't that in tune with colors. Now, however, I have grown to love the blue. The color is quite dark in subdued lighting but takes on depths and hues as light hits it. When you hold it up to a bright light, you can spy some (but not all) of Coda’s complex inner engineering, which is cool.

Would I personally choose black or blue? My rather conservative tastes may lead me to favor the black, but I’m not sure. Frankly, I’d be proud to carry either. As always, you get to decide. We'll have nice pictures beforehand.

So, what about Ubizmo’s question regarding the mixing of colors? Black-with-blue-mouthpiece or blue-with-black-mouthpiece both look good, but do they look better than solid colors?  The jury is still out on this one. It might make sense to go with solids at first. I plan to get lots of feedback from you guys as photos are available.

This is a good time to talk about why I still haven’t shared photos (with the exception of those pictures of older prototypes posted on this forum thread) or videos. Here’s why. Coda’s joints have been carefully designed (and redesigned across several drafts) so that we can assemble him with ultrasonic welding. Since that welding equipment is not quite ready yet, my only choice is to painstaking shave off a bunch of tiny molded-in features (called energy directors) and then carefully glue the components together. These glued Codas sound great, just like they would if ultrasonically welded.

The problem is that Coda isn’t designed to be glued, so glue seeps out of the joints, marring and clouding the various surfaces, and the end result looks –in technical jargon– “kind of crappy.”  Showing you Coda (my baby) in that condition feels sort of like trying to sell you my house before updating our hideous 1970s kitchen, painting over those wall scratches from when we moved the treadmill, or scrubbing that black mold from between our bathroom tiles. (In case my wife reads this, the house described above is the product of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to an actual house is purely coincidental.)

Yes, sometimes I can sand and buff out the unsightly gluing residue, but then you wind up with pictures that look different from what you’ll actually receive. (You've all read those angry Amazon reviews by disappointed customers: "I'm giving this product just one star even though I love it because the ad said it was light beige but I think it's more of a medium-light beige.") Since we are so close to having a final product, I have preferred to wait.  With that said, I plan to begin making demo videos this coming Thursday, but they won’t involve close-ups. Thus, I won’t feel like I’m misleading anyone.
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, d102. You said,
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I am just hoping you can dispatch early enough to avoid the Black Friday and Christmas postal log-jams.
Me too! We'll do the very best we can! The unknown factor right now is how long it will take to get the ultrasonic welding up and running.



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