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FS: New Tandy 1000 EX/HX 3-in-1 Upgrade boards. 640KB, Compactflash, RS232 Serial

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    Ouch, I missed out. I wish I knew I'll need this back in 2020.


      Originally posted by dhau View Post
      Ouch, I missed out. I wish I knew I'll need this back in 2020.
      I had one of these boards in one of my HX systems. It worked really well. I ended up selling that particular HX system a while back but if these boards were still for sale I would consider another one for any future HX/EX purchases. Not sure why the decision to discontinue though.


        Rob still offers the PCB and backplate kits, I ordered it. My soldering is wobbly, so I'm not super sure it will end well, but I'll try to build it myself.


          Originally posted by kc8eyt View Post
          I had one of these boards in one of my HX systems. It worked really well. I ended up selling that particular HX system a while back but if these boards were still for sale I would consider another one for any future HX/EX purchases. Not sure why the decision to discontinue though.
          The main reason why I discontinued building them, is that it was becoming time consuming and potentially expensive to keep making them myself. After a solid year of assembling the boards, orders were dwindling, and buying the parts in bulk to keep costs down was becoming less and less feasible.

          Some parts (such as the custom connectors I was buying) have minimum order quantities, while the vendor was fine with a "sample run" of 250 to start.. if I want to re-order them, I will be forced to buy 1000. There is absolutely no way I would ever sell 1000 more of these, as the market is simply not there. This is why I will stop selling PCB kits in the very near future as well, as I am simply out of connectors. I have two kits left at the time I write this, and I will not ever have any more.

          The other primary reason was that the "fun part" for me was the design and development of the project. Continuing production would leave me little to no time to work on other projects. The design has always been and will continue to be Open Sourced, so that anyone can make their own, or someone else can take up production. In fact, I have been talking with someone who is planning on building the SMD version of this board for a production run, but he is not quite ready to take orders yet.


            I'd like to buy a kit, and have filled out the order form, but haven't heard anything back. Are these still available?
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