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NEWS UPDATE ... from Hayne Davis ... January 28, 2023 ... ... February 25, 2023

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January 28, 2023 - '' DaviSegue '' into 2023 l February 25, 2023 - '' DaviScattered '' l

February 25, 2023

'' DaviScattered '' ...

Last month I presented the old ''multi-tasking'' theme projecting it for a busy 2023 ahead. Well the month of February certainly took that to extreme in many ways ... so much so that I AMPLIFIED it this month to rename it ''DAVISCATTERED''! That is more appropriate since that is basically the way I feel lately ... ''DaviScattered'' in all directions!

I have worked some, here and there, on every ongoing project we have in the works and the new activities mentioned last month plus a few extra ones besides ... so I guess it is ''multiple multi-tasking'' that has been going on here lately. In the old days, as far as DaviSound commissions were concerned, it was simply work on one project, two at the most, at any given time until completion. But, in order to try and maximize available time and energy more efficiently, I am now ''DaviSpreading'' it around so that at least SOME progress is being made each week on everything in the works.

The retro mixer project ''Mixer O'Tube'' saw some activity with the testing and tweaking of the dual power supplies for it ... the other mixer being readied for assembly (modules have been ready for many, many months), that I have dubbed the ''Wooden Wonder'', which will ultimately also ship abroad, also took its place on one of the main workroom assembly tables (as mentioned previously, this will be the LAST such large mixer project that I plan to undertake) . The projects for two longtime client/friends shown here last year also saw quite a bit of productivity and the ''way past due'' new Tool Box, the fifty year commemorative ''TB-50'', is once again nearing it's ''final'' proofing for the ''nthteenth'' time! I have also been testing/refurbishing two TB-4 Tool Boxes ... originals from LONG ago...sent in for a good going over by current owner, Weston Ray (Westonhouse Recording).

One area that has NOT been active for the first time in many months has been the ongoing stream of MasterPiece Modules which were being worked into the rotation almost incessantly last year. It seems the demand for those has paused for a time since the European clients who have been keeping me busy with steady orders now have all they require at the moment for their own custom projects.


As I alluded to last month, I do expect this year to be one of my busiest ever and one which will continue to require taking ''DaviSegmentation'' to an all new level and then some! And, this next month I will be adding some EXTRA requirements to the already time-limited ''DaviSchedule'' by FINALLY doing some very necessary ''DaviSpring'' cleaning. Along with the other activities, I will, in the months ahead, be liquidating some of my inventory clutter of old gear, parts and components. As it is collated and ready to present for any of you who may be interested, I will mention it HERE first and then refer you to our Unique Special Items web page. There it will be listed for the benefit of DaviSound regulars, who may like to have first option, before it is listed elsewhere on auction sites.

It will begin next month with the offering of some of my library collection. As you might expect, I have quite an extensive collection of audio and electronics related books and manuals that our planned, future down-sizing will simply not allow me to keep. Many of these are classic reference books and I feel sure that some of you will find them most interesting. I will most likely offer these in lots of three or four instead of one or two at a time to minimize shipping/packaging expenses. Again, I plan to begin this with next month's News Update so, if interested, please keep an eye out around ''the ides of March''.

Some of the old hoard to be offered down the road (months ahead) will include old ''boat anchors'' like antiquated vacuum tube PA systems, amplifiers, tape recorder motors and parts, unique special electronics, etc. Admittedly, while some of it may fall in the category of ''classic'' old collectors' pieces, much of it may simply appear to be ''junk'' to some of you. But, I will be offering it all because you well know the old adage about ''one man's trash being another man's treasure''. Over my 50 year, plus, career, I have naturally aquired quite a few old items that I was saving to utilize in some way ''one of these days''. Well, suffice it to say that now is the time to declare that ''one of these days'' is not likely to happen for much of it as far as I am concerned. So, maybe now, I can just pass it along to some of you like-minded ''one-of-these-days'' individuals!

So, that pretty well wraps up the latest news for February, 2023 from DaviSound! Please join me here again next month as we move into ''DaviSpring'' with all the continuing ''DaviScattering'' very much in progress!

PS- I remind you that you can ALWAYS reach me by email or text and, if you do not get a reply, that means I did NOT get your message for some reason so please try again. I usually reply within 24 hours but sometimes it may take just a bit longer.When you do send a message, please include your full name and address!

January 28, 2023

'' DaviSegue '' into 2023 ...

Well, here we go ''DaviSlipping'' into yet another new year and, as always, it seems like we just did it last month instead of last year. They DO fly by and it gets faster as each one passes.

This will be, basically, my annual introduction for any newcomers so all you ''old-timers'' please bear with me. The way this works... I try to do a news update for all our ''clients in waiting'', and those firm inquirors in the queue, at least once each month. Each month is posted on top of the prior one so the monthly updates wind up in reverse order with the first at the bottom of the page. I also now include a page index at the top so that it is easy to find a particular update for reference as the year unfolds and the monthly posts start to add up. Otherwise, you can always just scroll down the page.

Also, at the beginning of each year, I add the prior year's update page to our NEWS ARCHIVES area. So, if for any reason you want to refer to a post from last year, you can simply click the link for the News Archives area at the bottom of this News Updates page.

You regulars will recall that my main resolution for this coming year was to avoid discussing all the health issues of myself and my wife that dominated our lives last year for the most part. So, again, unless something drastic occurs that absoutely requires it, that remains my intent! So, this year you won't have to ''tune in'' looking for some interesting pro audio news and, instead, listen to all the ongoing complications related to my heart surgery recovery that monopolized much of last year's news. I'll just state out front that I seem to be much better with each passing month and, while my typical work day is necessarily much shorter than the ''old days'', I am making progress little by little in all directions.

My next resolution for '23 is to try harder to stick to a more regular ''DaviSchedule'' for all the projects in progress here. I mentioned in one of last year's posts that ''multi-tasking'' (''DaviSegmenting'') has always been an inherent trait and that I have ALWAYS worked in several directions at the same time....sometimes that means quite literally at EXACTLY the same time (like back in the '70s when I was doing a morning radio show while simultaneously having schematic design sheets I was working on spread all across the desk) but more often just working on various projects throughout the day or week.

So, the intention is to plan ahead and, as much as possible, have a specific lineup of activities for the given day and week so as to maximize efficiency for the time (and energy) I have available. And, there are QUITE a LOT of varied projects and activities planned for this year's work schedule! To just forecast a FEW of them ... the first priority is, of course, to get the few remaining hold-over pro audio projects completed and out to all of you who have aniticipated them for SO long. I also plan to finish the long awaited ''DaviSecrets'' - Tech Reports Rewrite . Along with this, I am currently archiving as many of my old anolog recordings to digital as possible and collating material for the forthcoming Mother Cleo Productions website that I hope to have active sometime this year. That in itself is QUITE a time consuming task as you can imagine. The other "big project'' that I have in the works is to finish the mobile workshop that has been planned for many years with materials for it having been accumulated for some time.

As ambitious as the above may seem, I assure you there are many other smaller projects in the works and also some time demands that will have to be addressed for several awaiting domestic projects and chores on the homefront that must be dealt with.

To make all of this actually materialize, obviously some prior plans/goals have to be addressed and downsized or eliminated. I already announced several years ago that I would no longer take on any large custom project such as mixing consoles and the like. I also stopped accepting any elaborate customizations to the standard TOOL BOXES . Now, as of this coming year, I regret to announce that I will also be adjusting the Tool Box lineup downward. That is, instead of the traditional; "clean dozen", TB-1 through TB-12, I will be cutting these offerings to about half. I haven't decided exactly which to eliminate as of yet but it will obviously be those that are most difficult and time consuming to assemble and those most difficult to source parts for. For one example, the ''forever awaited'' TB-9 that has never materialized, will be scratched from the lineup altogether....no more ''coming soon'' or ''coming one of these days''!

Another item that I am considering no longer offering, most regrettably due to the complexity and meticulous assembly required, is the classic, all wooden, DS1950 microphone! I know this will be a ''shock'' and disappointment to some but I feel it may be necessary (again, at this juncture, I haven't firmly decided on which specific items to eliminate .... those decisions will unfold as the year rolls on).

Not all of this will be ''discontinuations'' by any means....some emphasis will now be placed on some of the other areas I have offered all along but which have remained in the background. For example, in conjunction with the new forthcoming ''DaviSecrets'', I will be offering one-on-one custom design services and personal project assistance for do-it-yourselfers who would like individual custom designs and step-by-step instruction on creating them for themselves. I will also be offering more ''one-off'' unique projects from time to time and likely auction them to the highest bidder...just a shift in focus you might say. All of this will also take a bit of time to finalize and, of course, the website will need substantial reworking to accomodate the changes. Finally, there is a further development/expansion of a DaviSound YouTube channel in the works as well. So, there is, indeed, a lot on the tables for the coming year in more ways than one!

I guess I have dropped enough ''bombshells'' for one edition so I will just wind this one up by thanking all of you for your PAST support and patronage and for hanging in with me during ALL the difficult times. While the DaviSound ''landscape'' may look just a bit different for the future, I assure you that I still look forward to working for many of you and will continue to offer as many DaviSound audio components, and services, as possible for years to come!

So, Happy New Year 2023 and let's get started!

My Best Efforts,


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