End of the line for Jekyll n Hyde boxes:
Greetings, I will be ending production on the Jekyll n Hyde boxes this month. It’s been a difficult decision. The issue is vintage meters. It’s getting harder and harder to get quality pieces at good prices lately. Combine that with the fact that we never know if they will work until we have them in hand. So if someone is asking $$$ for one, I order it and it doesn’t work, I’m out that investment. I would say about 40% of them are workable or reparable. It starts to add up and it slows down production. Cracked glass, corrosion, unacceptable meter movements and frozen parts are all disappointing and add to the daily stress of filling orders. Ultimately I don’t want to send anything out the door that isn’t perfect.
If in the future I come across acceptable meter stock I may consider making a small run but I will no longer be taking special orders for them.
Final thoughts: I love the Jekyll n Hyde boxes and they are very special to me. I’m very proud of them and have a feeling they will outlive me. Congratulations if you have one or have one currently on order. I’ve sent them all over the world and to many established musicians. I am incredibly grateful they have been so well received.
The Serpa Custom will also be available until the end of February 2022. I’ve been able to use a wider variety of meters for those but ultimately it still comes down to the same meter issue.
New Hyde Distortion Filter Retro:
In other news we will be focusing on the new version of the Retro Hyde Distortion filter with a modern illuminated meter. While these meters are also expensive I know they work every time and the circuit components need not be modified or adjusted per unit. It will be nice to have them standardized. Ultimately this speeds up production and may allow me to work on some new designs. The illuminated meters are sexy AF. The Retro version of the Hyde Distortion Filter has the 1/4″ in/outs on the back and 1/8th cv jacks on the front (top) panel. It’s the big brother to the euro pedal version. The panels will be laser cut and laser etched. Photos soon. Pricing to be announced.
November 26th 2021:
I am out of town until December 8th! …Father in-law had a hip replacement and we are shooting over to Nevada to assist for the week. While I am gone our two trusted team members Barbie and Vince will continue work as well as feeding the cats. I will not be able to ship anything until after December 8th! After that operations will continue as usual. It may take a couple of days after before shipping resumes
We are doing great. Still getting used to the new normal. I only have one person at a time at the shop. Its been a little rough but its not like every other person in the world isn’t experiencing the same issues.
We had our first long time team member back after a year long absence brought on by lockdowns and safety concerns. Our next team member will be back soon. All this made possible by vaccines. I am feeling extremely privileged. I know many parts of the world are still under serviced when it comes to vaccinations. I am grateful myself, my wife and team members have had access. Let’s hope this does the trick.
I look forward to getting back to doing the heavy lifting more frequently. Wood working, metal work, PCB designs, ordering parts and taking care of e mails. All the fun stuff. It will still take a little time to get fully up to speed but it’s a start. It’s been challenging to say the least.
We have new panels for EFCcv and GPI eurorack modules coming in any day now. I am phasing out the PCB panels for the GPI (Guitar Pedal Interface) modules and will only be offering the aluminum panel version. It’s closer to my quality standards. There will still be “B-Stock” PCBs available for a little while. Those panels have minor scratches or irregularities.
There are still parts shortages. Thats been a little difficult. Nothing too critical yet.
I’m extremely backordered on EFC Studio racks. So I will not be taking any orders for those until I get caught up. Now that I have help at the shop I hope to start tackling those soon.
I still need to find a source for the new Utility box enclosure. I get frustrated looking for parts. That activity can take up a lot of time. While Im doing that sort of thing I am not doing the other work that needs to be done. So I default back to filling orders. 🙂
My Obliterations twitter was hacked. I still haven’t got control over it. I got a warning about an attempted log in from a foreign location and that I should change my password immediately. I thought to myself. “Its late, I’ll do that tomorrow”. Well someone got in and changed the reset email. So if I request a password reset it goes to someone else.
Last I checked the twitter account was suspended for violation of twitters rules. I have no idea what happened there or if twitter has just locked it while they work things out? To be honest twitter is not high on my priority list. I haven’t been pestering them that much.
Thats about it for now. Stay safe out there- Jonathan
Nobody is sick (so far) Both myself and Mrs RML remain in our 2 person bubble with our two cats.
Seems like not a lot has changed since the last update. Still working alone and juggling everything myself like a bear on a unicycle. I desperately would to have our crew back so I can expand on a lot of long running projects that I just haven’t had time to address.
I am getting through orders as quickly as possible. Though part of me feels like if I could get sick at any time and end up in the hospital, stressing myself out would be a crappy way to spend the last few months of my life. So I’m trying to keep limits on how much stress I hit myself with. Things will continue to move at a slower rate until we can get the general admission vaccinations going.
I miss having time to create music and video. Even if it’s just on instagram. I’ve backed off the platform a little bit. Frustrated with the throttling. We were growing exponentially and and then hit a “pay to play” algorithm thats capped us in the 12k range. I’ve done some sponsored adds but it always seems like organic growth is the best. I know the platform is a business to make Facebook money. It’s a fact of life. I do wish they would throw the old advertising models out and just let small businesses pay a monthly subscription.
This last month we had an update of the Utility Box. It’s not yet officially available. I still need to source some enclosures.
One of our customers had requested each of the buffers have an adjustable gain. The gain pushes the 1:1 buffer circuit into full distortion. That required a PCB redesign. So this will replace the previous version with just one adjustable buffer. I admit this is a very niche pedal. The idea was to send a clone of yourself to an additional amp. It’s a 1 in and 4 out buffer pedal. No bypass. You ether turn the output on or off.
Imagine if you will… your on stage playing with your band. You have your regular amp with you. It’s your clean tone that you use to play most of your music. When the chorus kicks in you hit channel two that sends your signal to a 2nd amp with full distortion. The crowd goes wild. They have never heard such a huge sound coming from one person. Because the amp is a different manufacture with different specks its going to have a doubling effect. This works with bass too. Clean bass, hit channel two for a distortion without losing your bass low end.
You can even send a third channel as a DI. So even if your just doing studio work it gives you some pretty cool options.
We also did an update on our 432k rev2 and made the “432k Levy2” double pedal.
David Levy is working on the next Doom sound track and had requested this. I happened to have a panel large enough and a box that I had set aside for a personal project and it worked out very well. BUT…. had to hand drill all those holes and my OCD wont let me do that haphazardly. It gets to the point that anything slightly off even by a small mm drives me nuts. I think for this to be a regularly available item Im gonna have to have some panels laser cut. I’ll likely be doing that soon.
Hey everyone. Nobody is sick. This is just an update on whats going on in our little closed loop. Been extremely worried about catching covid. Not just a little, like a fuck lot. So I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home in the shop alone. My usual crew of people that have worked with RMLfx for years now is now off doing their own things to survive.
As I mentioned before the RMLfx shop is in our home. I have a full basement shop the size of our house. Its wonderful. I do the wood working, the building, the shipping all from here. Also a music studio set up where I test all the pedals and product that goes out the door.
To rent that kind of space separately at a different location would cost $$$. The down side, this is a closed environment, Not a lot of air flow, one bathroom, and the break room is our kitchen. I had people on in the beginning of the pandemic and I couldn’t handle it. I tried, but the paranoia of the virus had me following them around with cans of lysol. I can vouch for our limited exposure with the world, but with employees drilling them about how many people they see and what they are doing in their personal life just didn’t feel right.
So I’m working alone. That means every time I need to build a pedal I’m not able to simultaneously do the wood working, or shipping. Flip that around in any order and its the same. Things are taking extra long to get done.
So be warned. We are still taking orders. I’m working my butt off to get you those orders. Its just gonna take time. Hopefully I’ll get sick and not die. Then for a short time I can feel safe and immune and can be around others. Maybe a vaccine soon? Then I can get my crew back. And we all can get back to the way life was.