I didn’t get around to commenting, but… better late than never?
I personally enjoy soldering and enjoyed building the kit. I am, however, an
amateur radio operator and have built many radios, RC gear and more. That said,
all of those hobbies soldering is a very important part. I do not see, however,
wanting a nice keyboard like the Atreus as requiring the soldering skill. They
are two separate things. Many (most?) people who enjoy a quality keyboard are
not necessarily soldering gurus.
So, I think to offer a pre-soldered kit is a great idea. I personally will
continue to solder my own, but if I were to bet, I think you’ll be getting a
high percentage of pre-soldered orders.
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On Nov 15, 2016, at 11:46 AM, Phil Hagelberg
Thanks for all the feedback!
I've added a presoldered option to the order form, and I've created a
new page on the site with an explanation and a video of the process:
I appreciate the comments and hope this will be helpful to some.
Personally, I've found that I need to re-solder the keys from time to
time. I feel like the experience of soldering the keys yourself is
something of a prerequisite for this particular keyboard.
It's not supposed to turn into junk as soon as a part breaks!
However, it may have been nice to have the chip portion pre-done,
because that's pretty unlikely to be an issue later on. I feel like
that's the more difficult part of the process, since the leads are so
close. Also, having the wood pre-sanded and finished would have been nice.
On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 07:46:26PM +0000, Vinney Cavallo wrote:
I enjoyed the entire soldering experience, and now having done it I think
I'd opt to do it again. That said, when I first ordered I likely would have
chosen this slightly-less DIY experience you're describing.
I think it's a great idea! Options are always good.
On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 2:41 PM Harlan Shoop
My $0.02: I enjoyed soldering the kit, and would have chosen the DIY
option anyway. Of course, I have some background
On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM, Phil Hagelberg
I'm considering offering a new option with the Atreus kits. For folks
who are concerned about their soldering ability, I am planning to start
selling kits where the controller and diodes are already presoldered
into the PCB and the firmware is loaded in.
Assembling a presoldered kit would still require soldering the switches
in, because this can't be done until after the finishing on the case is
done. But this part of the assembly is much easier to do than soldering
the controller, and it's nearly impossible to mess up. In fact, it's so
easy that a child could do it--I took a video of my 8-year-old son
soldering the switches and hope to edit it down to a time-lapse so you
can see what it's like.
Anyway, I would like to hear from folks about whether this is something
they would be interested in, or would have been interested in if it were
an option when they bought their kit. The additional fee for a
presoldered kit would probably be $30. Thoughts?
Vinney Cavallo <http://vinneycavallo.com/>