God forbid I forget Conrad! The Sol would NOT be happening without him, and yes, indeed on it goes and is clearly in production as we speak. All component parts are ordered. I don’t know what Jason has posted, but four of us visited our new foundry last week. Compared with our other candidate, it was much less dangerous. There were no open vats of molten aluminum lurking in open, ill-lit, production space awaiting some person like me to trip and fall in, face first. The entire atmosphere was quite huge and sanitary, with all molten aluminum at least twenty feet distant from any visitors or employees. A production line of cast parts came out of the mold on a conveyor belt, rather than being pulled from beneath molds by workers with three inches thick thermal gloves. The good thing about the first foundry was that the staff had to be hyper-aware of hazards at all moments. The much safer and modern new foundry allowed all to concentrate on the quality of the parts without eyes darting towards various fatal hazards all within inches to feet. The first foundry candidate had machines the size of very small cars like smart cars. The current foundry I found and chose has machines the size of short railroad cars. I digress. All of the parts for the Sol itself are now ordered; the only exception is the shipping box and the tools for assembly. Tony is gathering up a list of the tools as I write. Yup that is tools – several of them. This is assembly required. Definitely not some turnkey cheapass turntable designed to plug and play. It will be necessary for the user of the Sol to know some important turntable fundamentals which optimize setup for maximum performance and maximum cartridge and vinyl life. The better your TT is setup, the happier your records, and the happier your cartridge. Since it doesn’t take long for your vinyl to be worth more that your Sol and cart combined, this is important. Most of the cheapass tables are sold prefitted with entry level cartridges. The Sol will work well with far better ones. We will make some videos which, among many other concepts, explain why setting your tracking force (playing weight) too low can fuck up your records far worse than setting it too high. If you are going to get the most out of vinyl, it requires some effort on your part. I know, there are those who will eschew vinyl for either theoretical or practical reasons. It is not my purpose to display any cavalier attitude toward digital sources either streamed or played from physical media. Lord knows I was on the receiving end of many such attitudes when I made the Theta very early digital products. I made the Sol because there is some nearly ineffable aspect of analog (continuous over time) record/playback. It’s scarcity in the context of the entire sonic experience makes it more valuable. Few have the patience for this. This is neither evangelism nor suggestion; I believe this. If you do not, that is fine. I love all audio so I build products for digital media and soon will make products for physical digital media as well. True happiness is based on liking what you have rather than wanting what you do not. Here comes the preaching: This is a hobby; enjoy the passing parade of music.