L'HOMME A LA TETE DE SCHULZE by James L. Frachon
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| At Klaus Schulze's home ! [Photo : James L. Frachon - Mygale films]
During the sale of Klaus Schulze BigMoog (on eBay !) and since I could not afford it (alas !), I wanted to comfort me by making a small counterpart, that will remind the first impression I have had of this instrument, on scene, the very first time I saw Klaus in concert (Brest, 77)*. I 'm not the only one to have had this idea, photographs on the auction were so suggestive ! I even bought one repliqua on ebay.de. But I wanted to go further and thus made deep iconographic research. I eventually built a first version of the BIG ! that I was so proud of I showed it to my friend Olivier. He was at once so enthousiastic that I offered it to him.
Then I said to myself "Hey ! Perhaps to do other famous vintage synthezisers would be a good idea, you could sell them at little costs but with enough sellings to then realize that other project you have in mind”. And, here we are !
* I'm an unconditional KS zealot, since 74... Klaus, I hold out my hand to you from here to Hambürhen.
I had to find a name for that website... I do like that one ! It means “Synthesizer Do It Yourself”. Well, not any of electronics here, even if from time to time I risk myself with (not so happy) experiments. And "cut" ? As one of my specialities as a graphic designer is paperboards and pop-up cards, the idea of "cutting" came quite evidently...
How are the SDIYcut models created ?
I start with images I collected since years (I started very early to dream !) and with photographs of my real musical tools. I made initially models out of bristol-board, always keeping in mind I have to find the best and simple way of assembling, while respecting the originals as much as possible. When a volume template is ready (and that's far from being easy to do) I add colours, textures, details and everything.
Then ? Well :
• Each model is printed in high resolution on 220 gr mate cardboard.
• Scorings and cuttings are already made. That means you will be able
to quickly assemble the model from precisely prepared cardboard parts.
No additional cutting is ever needed.
• An explanatory leaflet with step-by-step instructions
and advices for assembly is provided.
• A small stamped card displays the limited edition unit number.
I see six different models available for sale on the site ?
Are there others ?
So far that's all I've finished. I will periodically release new models (next to be tempted by is the Farfisa Synthorchestra, almost ready), and I will never make more of the previously sold out models. Each are limited editions. But I do have a lot of ideas that, if you read my prose up to now, are likely to interest you. Join the sdiycut newsletter and I will e-mail you as soon as a new model is available.
I WANT to buy one of the limited edition models that has sold out !
Will you create more in the future ?
No, sorry. But, who knows, they will maybe became collectors and you might try looking on eBay for people selling SDIYcut items !
Do you ship internationally ?
Yes ! I'm living in France, but will ship to most other countries.
Are they difficult to assemble ?
Not so, sincerely. I did my best for the assembly to be as simple as possible. There are few parts and a specific leaflet with step by step images and texts instructions is given with each model. All you will need is meticulousness, a glue stick and a little bit of patience (not provided !). Each model takes about 30 minutes to an hour to build.
I have defined the "Level of difficulty” for each model on the average of all the comments I get from buyers.
Since I saw these wonders I absolutely need them, but I'm not very gifted for manual works ? Could you help ?
One of the interests of these models is of course the pleasure of assembling them oneself. But I can also assemble them for you. Obviously, the price is raised a little more and it is necessary to add packing and port. If you wish assembled models, contact me by email to place your order.
REMINDER : All SDIYcut products are manufactured to order. This means there is a 5-15 BUSINESS DAY DELAY BEFORE YOUR ORDER WILL SHIP. Please keep this in mind when ordering.
All prices on that site are in euros (€), they include taxes but not shipping costs. Those are on a contractal basis and fixed to 5 € per order (for pre-cut models only).
All sendings are in reinforced envelopes or boxes.
... As you guess, I am no native english speaker !
Thus, please forgive me, I did my best !