(Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: How much does the kit cost?
A: The kit is $250.00 USD. I will modify the boards for an additional $100.00 USD. If you send me the whole instrument, the installation fee is $150 which includes the board modification.
Q: Will you ship to country X, and how much is shipping?
A: I’ll ship pretty much anywhere, and I use USPS.com’s shipping calculator as a guideline. The new boards should fit in an 8 X 8 X 2 in. box and weigh less then 1 lb. Generally, it’s $15.00 in North America and $35.00 rest of the world.
Q: Where are you located?
A: I’m in Los Angeles, California.
Q: I would like to have software feature x implemented. Can you do this?
A: As long as it’s possible in the hardware, and doesn’t require huge changes to the code, then the answer is (probably) yes. If you send me an email with your request I’ll discuss it with Jim and see if it’s possible.
Q: Why can’t you just use SIMMs, or modern computer memory like SDRAM? I want 64GB of memory!!!
A: Remember that the DSS-1 was designed almost 30 years ago. Its custom hardware can only access 256k. More was added by doing bank switching. The physical layout of the memory chips required a custom memory board with the bank switching circuitry added. And SDRAM requires support circuitry that is too complex and expensive.
Q: Why not use a newer, faster CPU, like an ATOM or ARM?
A: The original OS is too dependent on the V40’s built in ports and DMA controller. It would require a complete rewrite of the OS which would be too time consuming.
Q: Why not add encoders/larger LCD/more buttons/etc.
A: Any hardware change will add to the cost and development time. Plus it’s difficult enough for most people to punch out a DB25 for SCSI. You can always use an external MIDI controller box. The bottom line is, we are enhancing the DSS-1 and fixing a few flaws, not reinventing the wheel.
Q: I have a instrument. Can you do an upgrade for it?
A: I have done some work for the ASR-10 and plan on doing others. Check the future projects list for details.
Q: Do you have any kits left?
A: I try to keep 5-10 kits built and ready at any time, but please contact me first to be sure.