Massive Cadet build run!

hey all! i run an e-commerce Eurorack and synth shop / spare-bedroom based module factory called Teleos Modular. up until this point i’ve been building and selling only audio-based modules - over 100 modules built successfully so far, most of them this year! - but starting very soon i’ll be building a huge run of LZX Cadet modules - 10 of each for a total of 100. in fact, much to my wallet’s chagrin i’ve already got most of the boards and parts right here in front of me! :sweat_smile: however, as these are reaching the end of their product lifecycle it seemed like a now-or-never kind of thing so here we are.

while you better believe i’ll be keeping a handful of these cool toys for myself (possibly a full 84hp Cadet system as outlined on the LZX site), i plan on selling most of them once they’re done. i’ve been lurking here for a bit (and occasionally commenting or participating - i recently submitted a short contribution to the fireworks challenge) and i know many of you are the DIY type, but for those of you that want some Cadets and just don’t feel capable of sourcing the parts and building them yourself, this is your chance!

this is going to be a lengthy process, full of trials and tribulations (and waiting at least a month for the remaining parts to arrive from Thonk) but in the end there should be a ton of Cadets to go around. if this process goes well i plan to do a similar run of Castle series modules once i’m done with these! :european_castle:

and now for the dual points of this post:

  1. if you’re interested in buying one or more Cadets, let me know! i’ll be happy to set up a waitlist and if you’re on it i’ll reach out to you first. i posted this same thing on the Facebook LZX Video Synth Community group and will have a shared list between the two with first-come-first-served. due to my limited financial resources (of which a significant portion are tied up by this project), if you’re not ready or able to buy when the units are built then i’ll need to go down the list, and if any units are left after the waitlist is exhausted they will be available to the general public for purchase. i intend to build as many of these as possible before the end of August (that’s when i go back to my day-job as a professor), though some parts may not come in until September if postal delays like i’ve seen in recent days continue. if after all units are sold there is still demand i may try to source more parts to continue building them though with the Cadets being discontinued there’s a limit to what’s possible for sure. tl;dr send a message here or via e-mail at teleosmodular@gmail.com if you’re interested!

  2. would anyone be interested in live stream(s) of the build process? i’m mostly self-taught and much more of a builder than an electrician so don’t expect any crazy insights or anything - just a dude building a bunch of modules and bopping along to some tunes while staying open to questions and comments and discussions and whatnot. maybe i’ll even do some shout outs to folks on the waitlist and/or anyone who donates to the cause :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: i’ll be the first to admit i’m not much of a streamer but it seems like it could be fun and a friend of mine is kinda egging me on here so if you’re interested in watching a build stream (or ten) let me know!


and to go ahead and answer a likely question - i am not interested in selling full kits. the idea of sitting there counting out parts to pack kits bores me so… if you really REALLY want to buy a full kit i’ll sell one for the same price as i’d sell the built module. seriously - if you wanna build one just go ahead and source the parts yourself! it will take a bit of extra time and effort but the Cadet BOMs are much easier to read and work with than many BOMs i’ve seen so it’s really not that bad…

and ONE MORE THING - i just saw the “Cadet modding” thread… i’d be down to give some of those mods a shot on select units. could be cool to get more super-Cadets out in the wild!

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Sounds fun. I built about 50 Cadets and Sandin IP modules a couple of summers ago, some for sale. They go pretty quickly, and all worked perfectly the very first time I fired them up–there are few gotchas with these modules, though the correct switches can be expensive and a little hard to source.

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thanks for the heads up! i THINK i’ve got all the right parts… will definitely be spending the next few days making sure and sorting out any replacements with Mouser before it gets too late to do so.

quick project update - parts shipped from Thonk earlier this week and i just got word from LZX regarding the Cadet I kits i’ve been waiting on which should be shipping soon as well. i’ll start building with what i’ve got this coming week and might try a livestream or two so stay tuned!

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exciting update - parts just arrived from Thonk! now the only thing i’m waiting on is headers for sync cables (just realized i got the wrong part, so gotta get the right one), which means…

:sparkler::tada::fireworks: Cadet construction can begin!!! :fireworks::tada::sparkler:
i’ll spend the rest of this week prepping for the builds (sorting parts, calculating unit costs and prices, etc.) and start building next week. i’m going to aim to blast through as much construction as possible next week, so with any luck i’ll be able to start fulfilling orders by the first week of August! i haven’t seen a ton of interest in livestreams but i’ll probably give one a shot anyways, assuming no major technical difficulties arise. time and date will be announced (likely with fairly short notice) once i figure it out but assume it will be sometime early next week during morning/afternoon EST hours. a few more bits of info to answer any questions that might come up:

  • prices are still up in the air but will definitely match or beat what’s listed on ModularGrid for these. aside from a few minor blunders i’ve hit all my targets so most of these should end up around $150 with a few at $100-120-ish and only two over $150. been having some issues wrangling the numbers but i’m really going to try to work all this out today.
  • if you’re on the waitlist and were anticipating these becoming available in mid-August and might not have funds available to purchase before then, don’t panic - you will still get first dibs. any Cadets that have not been accounted for will be made available once they’re built, but all Cadets assigned to people on the waitlist will be held until Aug. 15th if required. if not bought / accounted for by then they will be made available for public purchase.
  • if and when these become available to the public, they will likely be listed at a higher price than what i’ll announce here. why? i sell on Reverb which has fees (which are about to increase, starting Aug. 4th) and fees take away from what i earn, so the prices will go up to offset that a bit. prices announced here will still be valid for direct sales.
  • if you buy 5 or more Cadets i’ll throw in a 14-pin sync cable for free! otherwise i’ll sell them at the same price as the LZX sync cables ($19). they’ll each have a few sync output headers and a daisy-chain header at the end for linking multiple sync cables together.

think that’s everything for now. stay tuned and don’t hesitate to message with any questions!

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got prices sorted. as mentioned above all are at or below prices found on ModularGrid* with only one exception - Cadet VI Fader - and that’s cause i had to buy most of the PCB/panel sets from Thonk instead of LZX.

Cadet I - $160
Cadet II - $200
Cadet III - $150
Cadet IV - $150
Cadet V - $110
Cadet VI - $130
Cadet VII - $150
Cadet VIII - $150
Cadet IX - $150
Cadet X - $120

that makes one full set $1470 but if you buy them all together i’ll drop the price to $1400 and throw in a sync cable as well. prices include insured shipping within CONUS and i’ll ship worldwide at cost to the buyer.

if you’re already on the waitlist and have told me which Cadets you’re interested in i will reach out with a quote for your order soon!

*ok technically most of these are $1 higher than on ModularGrid cuz i’m not a fan of the “prices ending in 9” thing. if the $1/module is make or break for you then we can work it out.

build day no. 1 complete! Cadet VI Fader is now built and ready to ship.

now that some modules are ready to ship, here’s the plan:

  • if you want ONLY Cadet VI Fader, i can ship starting tomorrow (Monday, 7/27). price is $130 shipped within CONUS as listed above.
  • if you want Cadet VI Fader and other Cadets as well, you have two options:
    • if you’re patient - wait until your full order is built. it will all ship together once fully paid for.
    • if you’re impatient - i’m happy to ship each Cadet to you individually for $5 extra per module.

please do not tell me you only want Cadet VI if you’re also planning on getting other things - while i can ship individually it will make it easier for me to get funding together for future build projects (and believe me, i’m already working on the next project) if you can bide your time while i build your full order (plus you’ll get a free sync cable with any larger order). please and thanks!

for those of you not waitlisted - there are plenty of Cadet VIs not yet accounted for so at this point if you want one feel free to reach out! otherwise i’ll be listing the spares on Reverb within a few days.

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a few quick updates:

build day two is complete! Cadet VI Fader and Cadet VII Processor are now fully built and pending testing.

now that i’ve got a few build days done i’m doing a live stream of a full build run this coming Saturday, August 1st starting at approximately 10 AM EST on my Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/teleosmodular . the goal will be to complete a full set of modules in a single day and have a little time at the end of the day to jam around with the new toy. i’m thinking Cadet X Multiplier will be a good one but may change my mind as the week progresses. these builds have taken me ALL DAY so if you have any questions or comments or just wanna see me doing boring, tedious and repetitive tasks over and over on a fairly large scale, you can pop in pretty much any time from 10 AM to 8 PM (estimated) to check it out. i’ll keep the live stream vid up for 14 days after streaming and i’ll even trim a cool highlight or two out (or at least the little jam sesh at the end) to live on there permanently.

hope to see some of you in the stream on Saturday!

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