Hi Everyone, Brad here from ISLA Instruments. I know that many of you are anxious to know when you will receive your KordBot so I wanted to write this brief update to let you know what's up.
The KordBot circuit board is now 100% outsourced to a local contract manufacturer. Previously, they were only building the surface mount parts of the board, leaving me to hand solder all of the 'through-hole' components (jacks, encoders, midi ports etc) The reason for this was that the cost of them doing the complete board assembly was prohibitively expensive. However, after negotiations I'm happy to say that as of two weeks ago, they are now creating the complete board assembly for me.
In my previous update, my estimate for delivery completion was shattered due to a problem with my supply chain. Specifically, a chip I use that handles the 76 leds used in the KordBot. (for the nerds among us it is the AS1115-BSST) I got hit with an 8 week lead time on this part. While this didn't stop production completely, it slowed me down (a lot) I was able to secure small batches of 50 or so chips here and there, and would pass them to my manufacturer, which would then take them 1.5 days to setup their lines to run me off 50 or so boards at a time. That is no longer an issue, as I have now taken delivery of 2 full reels (way more than is needed) of said chip.
So, let me give you some metrics on when to expect your bot. Last Friday I went to collect 100 fully completed boards, and by Monday I had built and shipped 100 KordBots. So, that's a turn-around of 100 units in 3 days. As I write this, there are 250 boards being produced (those are in the photo you see below) I will collect these on Wednesday and begin my build. Those units will complete all orders made up until January 2018. The following Friday I will be collecting a further 250 units, and this will satisfy all remaining orders with a good few left available for immediate sale.
Please accept my apologies for these delays, and know that I am working my ass off to get your KordBots to you as fast as I can. Believe me when I say I want you to have your unit as much as you do. As I could REALLY do with a weekend away or something after the backlog is clear, and also to start really developing the prototype of the new synth we are working on.
Also, in case you are not aware, aside from the Facebook business page, there is a Facebook group which now has over 1000 users. People are uploading photos of their new KordBots almost daily and exchanging tips etc as well as providing valuable feedback on the firmware which helps us to improve the KordBot 🙂 you can visit the group here ISLA Instruments
Thank you very much for the status update. I appreciate it. Will the units being shipped out now have the latest update installed already?
New synth, eh? Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve 😈
For all those there waiting : it is worth it!
Thank you for this update.
Sounds great -- just ordered mine today!!
Thank you for the update. Looking forward to my KordBot!
thx for the update! i can imagine that things are not easy. cant wait for mine but it takes the time it takes. cheers!
Great update, cant wait to get my hands on the Kordbot.
Sign me up for the synth already!! 😋
Update is much appreciated.....
Thanks for keeping us in the loop! Seems like a learning process, and I can't imagine manufacturing is an easy thing. Can't wait to get my unit, make folks jealous, and turn that into even more sales for you!
Has anyone in the UK received a Kordbot from the last batch sent out? Last update on the tracking I had was a week ago in London and I've heard nothing since. Perhaps customs are busting out some sweet chord progressions 😀
will you be updating the shipping status on the offical site as well ?
Hey, I noticed you said you've completed orders all the way through January. I ordered mine in October 2017. I wasn't missed, was I?
I haven’t received mine, ordered in September. ETA was December delay till February. Still waiting.