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Welcome to Electronotes, publishers of the Electronotes Newsletter, the Musical Engineer’s
Handbook, the Builder’s Guide and Preferred Circuits Collection, and numerous Application
Notes of interest in the areas of analog and digital music synthesis, audio, and general signal
processing. We have been in business since 1972. Things have changed over the years.
Virtually all of our published materials are available. Some of it, the very newest, is on line for
free. Much of it, the older material, can be purchased from us as hard copies. In the middle,
there are some materials that are available in both forms. The importance of this is that, if you
should decide to buy our “everything” package, you will find the older material (that not online)
and considerable material that is also scanned and online, in the boxes. The “dividing line” is
neither defined nor fixed in time! So hold off printing of materials for which you may be
ordering hard copies. We may have done your printing for you.
In the “old days” we were a regular publisher. We mailed (for 13 cents) the newsletters (which
were originally cranked out on a hand mimeo machine), as a subscription. While the specifics
changed (offset printing, larger issues, etc.) the mailings were always tedious and we never could
make money on new issues. At the same time, we were amassing a huge body of back issues
(amassing in the sense that the original material was in the files, and many times, as inventory
ready to ship). Selling back issue, along with the other publications, did make business sense.
Thus we discontinued subscriptions (instead, giving away new materials on line) and offered the
paper for sale. When we then got an order, we could fill that immediately and then we were
done – no subscriptions to maintain.
Here I have been speaking of “we” and of “our business” as though it were an extended
operation. It has never been large, my wife and myself part time, occasional casual help, and the
services of commercial printers. I’m Bernie Hutchins, by the way. Since about 1976, I had been
employed as an instructor at the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell. This of course
meant only limited time for Electronotes, although much of my material found its way into lectures
and labs. As of July 1, 2009, I am retired from Cornell. This should allow me to get to a lot more
FINDING OUT WHAT’S AVAILABLE
Of course, the first thing to do is to look at the free material below. Overall, this is probably a
good indicator of the format, style, and technical level of our offerings. The free material
consists of our newer releases, and of special requests.
WHAT DO PEOPLE ORDER
About a dozen years back, in addition to teaching, and running Electronotes, my wife and I owned and
managed (that is - we ran the cash register!) a liquor store in Cayuga Heights. We never made any
money on it, but we would have if we had a nickle for every time someone asked: "Can you recommend
a good white wine?" This was not easy for us, as neither of us drinks - not uncommon among liquor
store owners! Soon enough, we learned that what they were really asking is: What do other people
buy? What won't embarass me at a party? What will I not regret?
Here, with regard to Electronotes, we can tell you what others buy. A lot of people buy everything.
They don't necessarily start out with everything (many do) but they end up with everything. To
encourage this we have always let customers take a full credit for what they pervious bought toward
the "everything package". Thus, if you buy $79 worth of stuff, and then want everything else, you
can get the rest for $348-$79=$269.
Speaking of $79, a lot of people buy first the Musical Engineer's Handbook and the Preferred
Circuits Collection. This gives them the basic theory and the best circuits.
Still another popular item is our "Deal 3" on Vol 8 - Vol 10 plus a bunch of other analog stuff
at $37. See the News and Specials for more info on this. This Deal 3 goes well with the MEH
and EBG&PCC in filling one of the shipping boxes, saving (us!) shipping costs.
Almost always our material is in stock, and we generally ship very quickly (usually next business day)
by Flat-Rate-Priority (2-3 days in US, 6-10 days internationally). Prices include US shipping.
Overseas pay extra for shipping, but get a credit for the US shipping. See the Prices/Shipping
link, and the sublink there for foreign shipping of applicable.
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