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Does anyone plan to release Haible PCB's in the future?
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zxplectrum



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:51 am    Post subject: Does anyone plan to release Haible PCB's in the future? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Losing a great guy like Juergen is one thing but losing his legacy of fantastic designs is a whole other....
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Read here:
http://electro-music.com/forum/topic-50871.html&postorder=asc
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello,

I'm new to the forum that I found while I was looking for PCB for the Subtle Chorus project. I'll be interested in buying the main board and the BBD board for a Dimension D clone. If some legal arrangement has been found with Jürgen Haible's family or if someone as some spare for sale, let me know. I can pay with bank transfer in EU (no fees) or Paypal.

Thanks

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello patricef,

I guess there is some confusion or misunderstanding about the legal issues connected with JH's pcb and their sale.

It does not (and never did) depend on the will of the Haible family that the boards are not available right now. If so, they would have allowed me (or someone else who would be willing to do the job) to start the selling and send the PCBs to everyone who made a request (we have registered already virtually hundreds of such requests).

It is also not a question of license fees or licensing itself. There is, as far as I know German law, no possibility to protect technical designs like schematics and pcbs, so if someone wants to clone Juergen's inventions, feel free to do so. If I ask you NOT to do this, it is because of respect to Juergen's life work, but I (ot the family) have no means to prevent you from doing so.

It is all about the German law (and the legal issues connected with Juergen and Birgit's divorce process). Birgit does not (and will probably never) have any ownership with Juergen's business and the existing pcbs or designs. These properties count as values of Juergen's heritage. If we started to sell property out of this heritage (and the legal authorities got aware of it - which is difficult to avoid because of all the customs, taxes... involved), Birgit could be filed for defalcation or concealment by the state.

Probability is that soon a trustee will be installed by these authorities, somebody who would care for the heritage for the sake of the children until their legal age. That trustee could then decide that the sale of pcbs could be resumed.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I wasn't aware of the divorce process. I did my last PCB 25 years ago, I have no equipment and I have no intend to make one myself. Thank for the clarification, I'll be watching the thread and I hope the sale of PCB will be resumed shortly.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Harry_W wrote:
That trustee could then decide that the sale of pcbs could be resumed.


Maybe someone should tell the legal authorities that these PCB's age (oxidation) and will not hold their value endlessly.

Is it normal that heritage issues take that long to be cleared? I mean this is (or at least sounds like) no complicated case like some criminal cases. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It's time for these trustees to take action on this. Someone in Germany needs to make some connections.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I think what's most baffling is that it would take so long just to appoint a trustee. I'm dealing with my father's estate, and it was frustrating that it took 2 months to get the paperwork appointing me as executor, but it was only 2 months....I understand that Juergens circumstances were likely more complicated than my dad's but even so....it's been over a year, right? Is that normal?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm sorry but I cannot tell you anything else.

And yes, it has been more than a year now, and the trustee is not installed yet.

Maybe someone could shed more light on the aging/oxidation issue. As a layman I have no clue how long these PCBs will remain intact and usable.

At the moment, they are still in their original plastic wrapping, as sent from the production, in batches of 25 or 50 per package. Some of the wrappings are still sealed, some had already been opened by Juergen to take ordered PCBs out of them,so they are partially filled. The humidity is a bit higher than in an apartment, I guess, because we have room to keep the boxes only in the cellar, but it is dry there and rather warm (no open windows, no moisture from outside).

Maybe if the authorities understand that the PCBs are a good with decreasing value, they will treat the case differently (a weak hope...).

Best regards
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

give 'em a wipe and they'll be fine.

i don't normally comment about stuff like this but give Harry a break, he's done a fine job coming here to contact people at least, if it wasnt for his efforts we wouldnt even have the opportunity to get the pcb's, or perhaps know anything about the circumstances. It saddens me to see a community act like this, if the pcbs go to waste it would be a shame, but the law is the law, and correct and fair treatment of his property and his family is a lot more important than getting a synth module completed.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

bubzy wrote:
It saddens me to see a community act like this


Like what? No one blamed Harry but the slow German justice/lawyers.
Seriously dude I'm not getting why you are yelling and saddened. scratch
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

its because people are directing this at Harry. I know the problem is the system, but then shouldnt people be emailing the people in charge of the system? one guy is the face of this whole thing and he's apologising, its not his fault, he's got nothing to be sorry about. this is why i feel this way.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly did not mean to direct my own comments at Harry. I am curious whether the system is this broken overall, or just happens to have run into a strange attractor in the case, but it's a mild curiosity.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

bubzy wrote:
but then shouldnt people be emailing the people in charge of the system?


Laughing Laughing Laughing As if they care.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

sonicwarrior wrote:
bubzy wrote:
but then shouldnt people be emailing the people in charge of the system?


Laughing Laughing Laughing As if they care.


you never know, there may be a synthesizer fanatic lurking there! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

bubzy wrote:
you never know, there may be a synthesizer fanatic lurking there! Very Happy


The system makers (legislative aka Deutscher Bundestag and some others) only make or change the law. They cannot influence a concrete case. That is called 'separation of powers'.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

There are big differences between systems of civil procedural law even in countries who have a civil law code (like most of continental Europe).
Some of these systems are even slower then the others. There are plans to harmonize it in Europe, and we can all hope they choose the fastest system Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello everybody,

I am very sorry that an issue has been raised between members of the community because of the long legal delay in Juergen's case.

I can assure you that I really don't feel bothered or offended by any of you because of your expressed impatience. I for myself feel very sorry that >2000 PCBs are rotting in my cellar instead of giving you some joy in music making...

The legal situation is so complicated (and authorities take so long) because this is a very strange case of heritage. Usually, there are heirs who will own the property of the person that died, and they will decide what to do (even if there is no testament there is a legal ranking who will inherit how much). In our case, Juergen passed away all over sudden, with no testament left over, in the middle of a divorce process, where before they had agreed on separation of property. The only heirs, Juergen's children, cannot decide about the heritage before they reach legal age, and their mother, Birgit, is not allowed to decide anything.

When Juergen died, he left his computer and bank accounts locked, without any information about passwords, and nobody knows where else he had connections to (e.g. the deposit of the herber files).

You cannot imagine how many blank forms Birgit had to fill until now, how many times she had to negotiate with attorneys and judges, how she struggled to make ends meet; with two children and a job of her own. The "hobby" of Juergen is her least concern, so to say, therefore I try to keep track of the legal state of the heritage.

As mentioned, a trustee could be a good way to provide a contact person for all future business plans involving Juergen's PCB design...

But even if the PCB business should be resumed again and somebody could take over the handling, packing, custom clearing, mailing of PCBs, it is not clear by far who should do this.

In the meantime my hands are tied, and I can only collect your requests, for a better future. The reason why I started to contact this community at all was that I knew that Birgit would not afford to do this (besides the language problem); but at the same time I knew that I would not be able to do anything, except to be the "wire" between the Haible family and you, the electronic community.

I am not an electrical engineer, I have no thumbs for soldering, I cannot even play piano (which I regret). I am very audiophile, I like good music, but that is all which connects me to Juergen's hobby. Please, simply do not expect too much from me.

Best regards,
Harry
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Your efforts to keep us informed are greatly appreciated, Harry.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

elmegil wrote:
Your efforts to keep us informed are greatly appreciated, Harry.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for taking the time to update us Harry. I've only had the pleasure of building one of Jurgen's circuits so far but it's one of my favourite modules (the Polymoog Resonator).
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Harry, what you have done in the tragic loss of Jürgen and his estate, is far more than anyone can expect, I really appreciate all the effort you have put in to this

About aging of PCB:s, as long as they are stored in a dry place they don’t age, the only thing that might happen is that a thin layer of oxide is building up on the soldering points, which is easy to remove with a polish cloth
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:49 am    Post subject: Another kind of "aging" of JHs PCBs Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

There might be another issue on the PCBs, I mean on the designs themselves:

As I understood from some of the postings, the parts which are needed to poulate the PCBs with are getting out of stock at electronic providers.

Could someone here please inform me which parts (for which designs) are already getting rare or - worst case - are already unavailable (most probably ICs, filters and such), so the PCBs will be virtually worthless, or if there are replacements possible, with minor modifications on the rest of the parts, or little PCB "extensions"?

I know this is a wide field, but I am completely clueless on this topic. It would help me to asses the "potentials" in selling the PCBs as soon as they become available...

Thanks a lot,
Harry_W
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Harry, thanks for being the "link" on this case. I'm not sure which components are getting rare, but I guess:
HA1457W opamps
2SA505 transistors
NE570 chip
MN3101 BBD Clock Driver
MN3007 BBD

BTW, I wonder how the authorities would handle the case if Jürgen had a stock of fruits and vegetables instead of PCB, would they wait until the children legal age or try to sell the stock right away ? I think in every country bureaucracy is overpowering common sense... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

If the German beauracrats are anything like the beauracrats in the states they probably don't give a shit about one individual. Take a number and stand in line...


Is in possible to get the circuit board layouts so we can make our own boards without starting from scratch? I'm not suggesting publishing them generally, but sending them to those who are going to build one for their own use.
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