So - I’ve already spoken at least to @Leverkusen to clarify that really about the only thing that rankled me was the idea of offering built units out of a ‘groupbuy’ situation.
This is a really good point, and I’m glad @Leverkusen has raised it - specifically, that this issue has perhaps become unclear, and it should have been clarified sooner. From my perspective: the original project is a straight-up DIY thing that @tehn and @shellfritsch built a few of. We’ve now substantially built on that; we want to offer high-quality built units - the thread began with “shall we do a run of these?” before I added some features. And then: we’ll also be open-sourcing the project, although I might follow Olivier Gillet’s lead in open-sourcing it once the hardware is in the world.
I hope that people who want to will build their own in due course. You can make them out of whatever materials you want. You can investigate modifying the firmware, or working out how to add the motorized faders at least two people have asked for. Or you can just save yourself some cash money and spend some more time money. And yes, if you want to make these affordably, a group buy is a really smart idea. (I mean, I get 5 PCBs for every prototype run I do).
I guess I feel there’s a difference between enthusiasm for the eventual open-sourcing, perhaps working out how that might happen… and costing out speculative BOMs and offering manufactured units. That’s all.