|さ～て既に一部のコメントが日本でもされていますが、私のホームページですのでタダでは帰しませんよ、やっちゃいます。実は NAMM 2012にて新しいKlonの実物が展示されていまして、その動画を日本で初めてだと思いますが、公開します。
それと、この Bill Finnegan氏はいい意味で非常に頑固な匠とでも言うべき方です。今回はみなさん「KTR」を買いましょう。これを自作した日にはまた作るの辞めてしまうことも厭わない方だと思いますよ。
Klon is Back! by StompBoxGuru.com
New Klon NAMM 2012
まだ NAMM 2012の時点では詳細は決まっていなかったようですが、こちら「Klon」でコメントしていますように、既に最初の製造は始まっていますが製造元との契約があるらしく、2～3ヶ月したら発売になるとは思っている。が相手もいるので約束したと誤解はして欲しくないそうです。
Bill氏自身は Klonは 間違いなく 98～99% バッファーありがいいサウンドになると信じている。が、今のプレイヤーにはトゥルーバイパスのニーズが高いので、バッファーありとトゥルーバイパスとの切り替えが横にある穴から出ているSWでできるようにしてあるそうです。
TGP(The Gear Page)での Bill Finnegan氏のコメント
New Klon Overdrive? Premier Demo
PGS Smackdown - Klon Centaur Vs. Lovepedal Kalamazoo Overdrive
当初、Klone unitを友人に作っていたものが eBay上で販売されていた件についてのコメント
|Hi guys -
I had hoped to be able to provide you with some info on the appearance of the new unit today, but having read some of the responses to my long post of last night, clearly I need to address some other things first. For the record:
I have never made a promise or commitment to ANYONE that the forthcoming unit would be out by any particular date, either via e-mail or verbally on the phone or on the Klon website. The "sometime in 2010" on the placeholder page for the site was copy from 2009 and was a PROJECTION based on how it seemed things were likely to go with developing the new unit at the time; as for how they actually went, see below.
As is known by many, many people at this point, the allegation and/or casual assumption that I myself have been selling those Centaur units on eBay is categorically untrue. The listing copy I wrote for my friend, the single mom for whom I build a unit whenever she asks me for one, and to whom I give them to sell, says explicitly that "I won't make so much as a penny on these units"; if you have a hard time believing that, let me suggest that you contact TGP members "tibbon" or "TaylorBarefoot" for confirmation: both of them know me well, and both of them have met the boy - an incredibly wonderful boy, by the way - who is being raised by my friend under very difficult circumstances financially. Off the top of my head, here are a few of the things those Centaur units have helped her pay for thus far: rent, food, clothing, school supplies, car repairs, medical expenses, and his summer day camp each year (she works year-round as a librarian, and - finances completely aside - can't just take the summer off when the school year ends). Feel free any time to criticize a product of mine or my far-from-perfect record of keeping all of you informed about various things, but please think twice before impugning my integrity.
On to how things actually went in developing the new unit: I began working on it in 2009, late spring or early summer. By August I was ready to hire a p.c. board designer, and after asking around I hired a guy who had a fair amount of experience designing boards for audio and came highly recommended. To say things didn't work out would be putting it mildly, but it took about five months for it to become clear to me that there was no chance of them working out; given that good p.c. board designers with experience designing for audio don't grow on trees, my default setting then and later on was to see if I could get to the finish line with who I had. In January 2010 I beat the bushes and found another guy, also highly recommended. I had been told he was always very busy, so literally the first question I asked him during our initial phone conversation was "Do you have the time to do this without undue delay?" He said yeah, absolutely (he'd Googled "Klon", found out that a lot of people had a high regard for my original unit, the one this one was to replace, and thought it would be a feather in his cap to be able to say he'd designed the board for the new Klon unit). You know the end of this story: he strung me along for another four or five months, missing every single deadline he'd said he'd have something or other done by, and finally admitted that he wouldn't be doing the job and tried to get me to hire a friend of his. I'd talked to this other guy on the phone a couple of times, as the guy I had hired told me at some point that he was subbing out "some basic layout" for the job to him (huh?), and it was apparent that, as they say, he's not the brightest bulb on the tree. So . . . more beating of the bushes in May, and another guy, the third if you're keeping score at home. Same story as the second - "Too busy?" "No-no-no" - but this time only three weeks or so until he admitted otherwise (a nice change of pace from my experience with the previous guy). More bush-beating in June, and lo and behold: the fourth guy, a guy who is the owner of and principal designer for a high-end hi-fi audio company (their preamps and power amps sell for serious amounts of money, far beyond what anyone except the truly wealthy could afford), and who designs the boards for his company's products. I almost fell to my knees sobbing with gratitude when he agreed to take the job on, but alas, it's another tale of woe: he is a very smart guy, but by the same token he is demonstrably not a professional board designer - he made a number of bad mistakes with the design over the several months I worked with him, each of which I paid for dearly in every possible way. So . . . yet more bush-beating toward the end of 2010, which at length yielded the fifth guy, the guy who eventually designed a workable and good-sounding board, prototypes of which - after an initial iteration with several mistakes that had to be corrected - I received last January, January of 2011. Was this the end of the difficulties I encountered in trying to bring the new unit to market? As Dave Barry wrote in one of his books, "Don't make me laugh in a harsh, barking manner." I'm not sure how much of the rest of the nightmare I should share with you guys, but quote me wildly: it has been truly nightmarish.