With the Cadets no longer being in production, is there anyone on the board here who would be interested in a group project to put together new layouts for the Cadets? I would be really sad to see these incredible building blocks for DIY video synthesis not be available at all anymore. It sounds like there will be more DIY options in the future but for now it appears the remaining stock everywhere is going pretty quickly.
I’d like to stay as true to the original schematics as possible but I think it would be particularly useful to make SMT (0805 / SOIC where possible) layouts for them. While unfortunately I haven’t learned how to do PCB layout yet (would love to!), I have done a good amount of sDIY over the years. I can do a reasonable amount of circuit debugging and component research but overall I’d be happy to help organize the effort and do initial board runs as needed.
Anyone up for trying this with me and open sourcing the layouts for future video heads?
EDIT: I should add that I’m very thankful to Lars and crew for making these schematics available to even consider a project like this. Nothing like this existed that was even remotely affordable or accessible when I was looking for analog video signal generation a decade ago. Hope this post doesn’t come off as ungrateful for all the countless hours that went into making them available to the community. I just want more people to experience modulating video with video.