Only a few envelopes left to send out, then there are 250 Retrodes out there in the wild, along with roughly 13,500 painstakingly handmade solder joints worth of plug-ins. I’ll keep some parts for warranty replacements and the occasional contest. All in all, the project meant lots more work than I had been anticipating, but at least I got away without major financial loss. Somehow I even managed to get a decent PhD along the way [Update Jan 28, 2011: and got married], so that’s not too bad either. With the business part taken care of, I now hope to focus more on the development side again (i.e., coming up with cool new stuff and improving on the existing, instead of writing apologetic e-mails to people whose orders got delayed by yet another week). The Retrode will always be work in progress, so if you have cool new ideas (or found something that doesn’t work), keep ‘em coming! My special appreciation goes out to the newly-founded team of developers who will keep the Retrode alive and kicking. If you think you’re qualified to participate (and you’d like to), apply to become a developer yourself.
My sincere thanks to everyone who made this project possible, be it through moral, technical, or financial support. (I won’t even try to list them all; yes, you are meant too)
PS: I still have a handful not-quite-perfect units (technically flawless, but scratches on the case and such). If you missed the opportunity to get a regular Retrode but would still like one, make sure to subscribe to the newsletter to be notified when they go out for sale.