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Update on the SVDS Replica: Production started!

26 May Update on the SVDS Replica: Production started!

Update as per 26th May, please find riginal post below

Dear members,
just want to give you an update on the progress.
Our tech Markus found a few smaller problems on the initial circuit design and had to redo it. Thats bad news basically, but the work was already done when you’re reading this.
Since we have a new circuit now, we want to hear it and test it again together with you all, before we give it into production. This means, another prototype will be made and Fil will
test it and demo it for you.
During the upcoming week, the PCB boards are made, then the prototypes will be assembled by our tech Markus.

Sometimes, you get stuck with just a detail, in this case it’s the replica’s case enclosure. We want it as close as possible to the original, which takes a big effort, because no pre-made industrial case fits our needs. So it will be custom made and printed like the original exclusively for us. We just found a company which will handle the case labelling for us.

So, while it’s silent here, be assured that we’re working on it in the background. We are even testing a decent, not too expensive modern wireless unit that will fit the replica’s needs perfectly, since the replica itself will not contain wireless functionality.

As soon as it makes sense (when we know the final costs and prizes) we will open a prescription list.
Thank you for your patience,
Franz
End update, please find original posting below

Dear members,

before I explain the title of this post, please let me introduce you to Markus.
Markus is a very experienced electronics technician here in Vienna, Austria. He is not only a electronics engineering graduate, but also has a lot of experience in the production of electronic and electrical devices. He builds his own tube amps, he is working on his own line of studio monitor speakers, and in general, his special interest is audio electronics.

Yesterday, Markus took over the job of producing the replica. We both signed his contract and NDA agreements and Markus took over Guido’s fantastic pioneer work and examined an original SVDS.

Contract signing
Markus signing contracts

Markus with SVDS
Proud Markus with SVDS

In the above photo you see a Vega Pro 63. This unit is not functional but its metal case has the exactly same dimensions as the original SVDS, so this one was handed over as a sample in order to reproduce an authentic enclosure for the replica.

So, what are the next steps? Short answer: preparing the batch production.
Long answer: Markus will manually build a handful of prototypes again, exactly like they will be built at the factory. These prototypes will be tested and showcased here.
Upon successful testing, the prototypes will then need to be checked for compliance with the European standards for electronic audio devices. Finally factory production can then start.

Update:ย Markus will also take care of the pedal/stompbox version of the SVDS replica. It will be released after the big (Gold/Deluxe) version but will sound just the same and therefore also just like the SVDS. The exact same process for the big (Gold/Deluxe) version of the SVDS replica will be repeated for the pedal/stompbox version.

We are definitely a big step closer now.

Your SoloDallas team
Fil & Franz

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Franz Farklas
banane@exception.at

I'm born 1970, a big AC/DC fan since 1982, when I got the "Back in Black" cassette tape together with a little cassette player from my grandpa. Fully classic rock addicted, don't like "modern" music styles like HipHop. 2009 I got a Gibson SG standard ebony, learning to play AC/DC songs from tabs and videos since then. Beside that, I'm a totally computer addicted guy and Linux Server specialist. Working as internet server and network admin and part-time IT consultant. So, when I'm not behind my guitar, I'm behind the keyboard :-) Feel free to contact me at ICQ 71095781 or MSN banane@exception.at or skype ffarklas@exception.at.

89 Comments
  • avatar
    Aaron
    Posted at 16:38h, 27 May

    This is getting very exciting! I think most members will (and should) feel very confident on the quality we will receive from the svds replica. Quality seems to be Fil’s motto with this sort of stuff.

  • avatar
    Ant
    Posted at 13:57h, 27 May

    Better to find the niggaly problems now then later in ๐Ÿ™‚

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 14:12h, 27 May

      Exactly. That’s why we’re super-critic on everything.
      I mean, you know how much crap is sold today.
      Many devices today are broken by design or will have problems that are so obvious to avoid. And that’s what we do.
      With the consequence that we’re a bit slow. But well, better safe than sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

  • avatar
    banane
    Posted at 11:02h, 26 May

    Just updated the post to get you the latest news and progress.

    • avatar
      Angusrocks101
      Posted at 15:54h, 26 May

      Sounds awesome. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m so anxious to hear Fil demo the new one and then eventually try it myself.

      • avatar
        banane
        Posted at 14:14h, 27 May

        Thanks! Yes, we three are also anxious to try the new one. Can’t wait for the next visit in Markus’ shop ๐Ÿ™‚

  • avatar
    currentpeak
    Posted at 16:49h, 24 May

    It has been mighty quiet here lately… before the storm I guess.

    Hopefully, Fil & Franz are testing the prototypes as I am typing this.

    • avatar
      Ant
      Posted at 17:33h, 24 May

      i havnt been on the site properly for a few days missing all the new vids n comments coming in :'(

      i would guess they are Mr Peak ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      banane
      Posted at 19:56h, 24 May

      Well, actually Fil and I had both a storm, but work-wise. Yesterday was the first day for the last two weeks where I got time to play guitar.

      Nonetheless, out tech Markus is working in the background. He optimized Guido’s initial circuit layout while keeping always aligned to an original SVDS (which he has too).

      Now new prototypes are being made. This means: sending the layout to a company, getting the circuit boards back maybe a week later, assemble it, test it, measure it, compare it measuring-wise with the SVDS. Imagine a swiss clockmaker building a clock by hand ๐Ÿ™‚

      The case enclosure of the big deluxe version which looks like the SVDS is also planned now. Will be made exclusively for us.
      Maybe I’ll write an update post tomorrow or so ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dries
    Posted at 20:14h, 19 May

    Got a soundclip of me playing the pro58 !
    Oh and got the hiss quite reduced, but the ratlling u hear is the snare in the band room ๐Ÿ™

    Fast recording with a condensor far away. Gretsch jet, 2204 and G12-65’s.

    http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=11651981&q=hi

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    saxosim
    Posted at 23:19h, 14 May

    Hiya thanks for the fast reply that is great thanks for clarifying it for me re wireless i shall add a modern device as you recommended, any news on a release date? Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 23:22h, 14 May

      No, no release date yet, sorry. Can’t say more than just “in a few months”. Yes, a modern Wireless like the Line6 digital one is fine, for example.

      • avatar
        saxosim
        Posted at 23:36h, 14 May

        Thanks banane I will look at one of those line 6 systems once I get a replica SVDS cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

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    saxosim
    Posted at 22:59h, 14 May

    Hiya Fil please can I ask will the replica SVDS be wireless as well as wired? If wireless is an option please can you tell me what frequency it will use just so I can make sure there are no legal issues with me buying one to use here in England where I live? I am just curious as I read in another thread on Sollodallas somewhere that some of the frequencies can’t be used in Europe these days from the older original Vega devices? Any advice on this would be appreciated. Thanks I can’t wait to order one once they are available, any idea on a release date yet? Fantastic site by the way thanks Fil your videos and write ups are inspirational. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 23:11h, 14 May

      Hello mate, no, the replica will not be wireless. Just get a modern wireless unit for guitars and put it before the teplica.

  • avatar
    Brunduz
    Posted at 22:36h, 29 April

    OMG its so awesome i cant wait! im gonna get this and the new 50 aniversary Marshall JMP 1 watt thatll nail angus tone like hell ๐Ÿ˜‰ (i hope) btw how much is it going to cost? and how much did actually cost SVDS when it was avaible?

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 22:56h, 29 April

      We don’t know yet how much the replica will cost. But it won’t be that expensive.
      If I remember corectly, the SVDS cost something like $4000 back then. That’s pretty much, today that would be around $15.000.

      • avatar
        AngusRudd1019
        Posted at 23:37h, 29 April

        wow

      • avatar
        Brunduz
        Posted at 17:35h, 30 April

        wow well now im starting to get worried if i can even afford the replica… looks like ill have to buy something cheaper like secret-1 ๐Ÿ™

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 17:39h, 30 April

          Lol no wait, our replica will be much cheaper of course. We want to replicate the tone, not the price ๐Ÿ™‚ Just wait for the pedal version of the SVDS replica. Will have a nice price.

        • avatar
          currentpeak
          Posted at 21:11h, 30 April

          Ziadne strachy, pockaj si na pedalovu verziu kamarat. Ta bude lacnejsia, ale ten isty audio circuit ako SVDS replika.

          No worries, mate! Pedal version will do the trick.

          • avatar
            banane
            Posted at 21:17h, 30 April

            Exactly! ๐Ÿ™‚

            • avatar
              Brunduz
              Posted at 02:56h, 03 May

              oh right the real price alredy got to me and ill think ill order the most expensive version because still its much less then i thought lol ^^

              • avatar
                Angusrocks101
                Posted at 03:36h, 03 May

                What do you mean the real price got to you? How much is it?

                • avatar
                  banane
                  Posted at 07:50h, 03 May

                  He can only mean the prize of the SVDS back then and how much it would cost today. The replica’s price is not known yet.

                  • avatar
                    Angusrocks101
                    Posted at 02:42h, 04 May

                    Oh ok. I thought that was prolly what he meant but wanted to make sure.

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