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Post by Kevin Lightner » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:07 pm

Due to the increasing degradation of my spine and vintage instruments themselves, I can no longer perform repairs and restorations as I used to.
With that said, I'm closing shop and selling almost everything in it.
This includes a lot of parts, tools, amps, test equipment, docs, books, etc.

The Synthfool website will remain up and available for those that need the docs contained there.

A module that's here and owned by one of the forum's members will be worked on some more and sent either when I'm finished or unable to progress further on it.

Most items will be sold on Ebay as I can get the time and energy to do so.
Some will be sold separately. Some in lots.

The last run of OptoKeys is also being finalized, so only a few remain.
No additional ones will be made later on as far as I know.
I own all the rights to the design also (PCB layouts, schematics, source code, etc) and I hope to sell it as intellectual property, but the price will be in the thousands.

No need for sorries or personal wishes.
I already know who my friends are. :)
I just wanted to officially announce the end of my services.
This post may be copied and posted to any other forum if desired.

Thanks for everything.

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Re: FYI...

Post by kslight » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:48 pm

Thanks for your commitments to the community, your contributions haven't gone unappreciated.

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Re: FYI...

Post by thealien666 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:01 pm

Each time I play my Minimoog, I'm so grateful that you came up with your optical contact design. My Mini will most probably outlast me ! :D
Thanks for everything indeed, man !
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Re: FYI...

Post by MC » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:05 am

Your services will be missed, hopefully this isn't goodbye from the forum.
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Post by jimtheswede » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:22 pm

Kevin, thank you so much for the excellent restoration work you did for my Odyssey a couple years ago. So sorry to hear this - your service and expertise will be greatly missed. Hoping the best for for you!

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Re: FYI...

Post by robotmakers » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:26 am

Kevin, you're the best - simply a fact and no idle flattery. Please stay in touch on the forum.

Best wishes,

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Post by JohnLRice » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:53 am

I can't resist posting at least a warm salute and hug to a talented, generous and good guy! Cheers to you, Kevin!
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Re: FYI...

Post by Sweep » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:58 pm

I'd also like to add my best wishes, and thanks for everything you've contributed in support of musicians and their instruments.
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Re: FYI...

Post by torinkrell » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:10 pm

Kevin, I am so sorry to hear that your spine is degrading further. You have helped so many pursue our musical creativity by your expertise and undying efforts to keep our vintage instruments in top condition. You have also shared so much of your personal knowledge and experience to benefit all of us. I truly appreciate that your efforts went far beyond the call of a repair engineer. I second MC in hoping that you will continue to participate in this forum.
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Re: FYI...

Post by Kevin Lightner » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:57 pm

Thank you (truly!) for the all kind words and wishes.

I'm not leaving the forum, at least yet.
Members are welcome to PM or email me. (synthfool at synthfool dot com)

Anyway, there's a lot of very smart and experienced people on this forum.
Several more intelligent than I am too. I've learned a lot here also.
I'm sure that if someone needs a question answered, they'll obtain some quality help from others still here.
All good.

Thanks! :)
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Re: FYI...

Post by BrianK » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:08 am

Seriously, it's rare to see someone SO helpful and with serious experience able to share... thanks from all of us!

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Re: FYI...

Post by GovernorSilver » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:54 pm

Kevin, thank you so much for your contributions to the community. I hope you will continue participating here.

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Re: FYI...

Post by sunny pedaal » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:53 pm

thanks man !

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Re: FYI...

Post by Voltor07 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:42 am

Kevin, I am saddened to hear this, but am not surprised. Like so many others here, I value your expertise, and our conversations, as well as the few services I have been provided by you. I will see you on the forums and will correspond when appropriate. :)
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Re: FYI...

Post by unfiltered37 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:04 pm

I don't know what your condition is, but stem cell tech has already been used to grow neck vertebrae. I am sure you know there are many clinical trials for new stem cell therapy, so there's hope for degenerative spinal disease. Sorry about giving up your work, I hope you can still play.

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