Electronotes

NEWS AND SPECIAL NOTICES

Here from time to time we will place news items and special notices:

 

2007 -  IMPORTANT POSTAGE CHANGES

BAD NEWS FIRST – As of May 14, 2007, there are no surface services to our international customers.   There is only Express and Priority.  We suggest that instead of trying to use our calculations on the order forms, that you email us to get the exact rates.

NOW THE GOOD NEWS – If you are ordering the “everything” package inside the US and live west of the Mississippi, you no longer need to add the $9.00 extra.   This is due to the fact that we can use the flat-rate Priority boxes.  Let’s hope these don’t go away. 

 

2006 - PAYPAL NOW ACCEPTED – SEE FAQs

                                  (Thanks to two customers for suggesting this)

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(1) New Issues to be on this Site for FREE.

(2) A request to our old-timers - Who remembers what we did in 1982?

(3) The actual text of our offer to let someone offer a CD of Electronotes.

(4) A special offer on Vol. 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 for $32.

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(1) NEW ISSUES TO BE ON WEB FREE: 

As we move into 2007 we are once again getting to the point where printing costs, and the shift in ratio between already (long ago) printed back issues and new materials needing to be printed, seems to dictate an increase in cost of the “everything” package.   At the same time, the cost of postage is increasing for new materials.  We are also aware that the major interest in our publications is the back issues, not so much in anything new.   Accordingly it seems most useful to not add new subscriptions to the everything package, but instead, to make them available for free on this web site.   You will note that we have recently added a good deal of recent material to the site.  Thus:

     (1)   The everything package will remain static from this point on.  We will continue to include in the package the printed issues listed, even thought some of them are already on line.   The cost will not increase.    But new issues will not be included, and you will be responsible for downloading them yourselves.   

     (2)   The new materials posted on the web site are free.   Copyright still hold of course.  If you link to them, of course you should acknowledge the source and the copyright (Electronotes) information.   We expect materials to remain posted for a minimum of a year after they originally appear, but don’t wait forever to download them. 

     (3)    We continue to post material from older issues (small, specific portions) as “Special Requests.”   But someone has to ask.  One exception to this is the very large block of material on analog filtering.  This material is there to accommodate students who have in recent years seen it on an academic site, to which they will loose access when they graduate! 

 

 

    

 

 

 

(2) A Request to Our Old-Timers -

Who remembers what we did in 1982?

In 1976 we started doing "Application Notes" and we are still doing them, along with Electronotes Newsletter. Along with the application notes, there were two other publications. The first was the Electronotes Mid-Month Letter which lasted from 1976 to 1978. There were 26 of them in total, numbered 70A, and 72A through 96A (no 71A).

From 1979-1982 we changed the name to Electronotes Perspectives. There were three full volumes of these 97A-108A, 109A-120A, and 121A-132A, for 1979, 1980, and 1981. There were a few more.

These were always a single page, front and back, and were more like memos and discussions - whatever we wanted to talk about. But they were never as "essential" as the App Notes and the regular Newsletter, so that seems to be why we changed the name once and then let them slide (making up with extra App Notes). These are still in print, and come attached to and sometimes interspersed with the App Notes.

The "Mystery" is concerned with the statement "There were a few more." I have believed for years that there were only three Perspectives in Vol. 4:

133A Vol. 4 No. 37 Jan 1982

134A/135A Vol. 4 No. 38 Feb/Mar 1982

136A Vol. 4 No. 39 Apr 1982

All three of these deal with acoustical percussive instruments and are marked as having been actually published in Nov. 1982. These three issues are listed on our shipping form, and they have been in stock for years.

Virtually every time we try to send an "Everything Package" we find we are out of a couple of items. It just happens, and it is through filling full sets that we find the holes in our inventory and get a reprinting going. I have run out (or at least believe I have run out) of these three issues. No problem - dig out the file of originals and hope for the best. WHAT IS THIS!

To my surprise, I find originals for 139A (Vol. 4, No. 41, July 1982) and 140A/141A (Vol. 4, No. 42, Aug/Sep 1982). Both of these are on adaptive filtering, and are marked to have been actually published in March 1983. They are not terribly important in any sense - but where did they come from?

Here are some questions that come up, and I will appreciate your help.

(1) Did we ever send 139A and 140A/141A? Does anyone have them?

(2) What, if anything happened to 137A/138A, which would have been Vol. 4, No. 40, May/June 1982 (I guess).

My best guess is that we stopped with 136A, 137A/138A was slotted for something but never finished, and (perhaps in consequence) we never sent 139A and 140A/141A. (We were clearly behind and were intending to go to all App Notes at that time.) Here is the summary of Vol. 4 of Electronotes Perspectives:

Vol. 4, No. 37 133A Jan 1982
(sent and included with back issues)
Vol. 4, No. 38 134A/135A Feb/Mar 1982
(sent and included with back issues)
Vol. 4, No. 39 136A Apr 1982
(sent and included with back issues)
Vol. 4, No. 40 137A/138A May/Jun 1982
(May not exist - does anyone have one?)
Vol. 4, No. 41 139A July 1982
(Originals on File - did anyone get this?)
Vol. 4, No. 42 140A/141A Aug/Sep 1982
(Originals on File - did anyone get this?)

These would all have been mailed with the AN-243 - AN-281 set.

Please email me at berniehutchins@yahoo.com if you have any information.

Once we get some idea what happened, we will probably send these out with a current mailing - just for fun if nothing else.

Click here for full list of Mid-Months and Perspectives

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(3) The actual text of our offer to let someone

offer a CD of Electronotes.

In EN#200, in response to prodding by various web personalities, we made an offer to let someone offer a CD ROM of all the Electronotes. This was a complete presentation of a complex situation, and was intended to force anyone interested in offering a CD to think the problem through completely. Very likely those who did read it got the point. As of early 2003, no person has made an offer, inquired further, or even commented to us directly. Yet I infer that at least a few people who have not read the offer feel obliged to comment on it. In consequence, here is the full text of the offer.

[EN#200 TEXT]

 

 

 

(4) A Special Offer on Vol 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 for $32.

About five years ago when we were moving from 1 Pheasant Lane to 1016 Hanshaw Rd., it was of course necessary to move the Electronotes business, which included the "reserve" inventory, as well as the working inventory on the shipping shelves. The reserve was situated in what we called the "Horangi Kul" (tiger cave) or crawl-space under the living area - about three feet vertical paved with pebbles. Getting them out was a strenuous, dusty, smothering job. Once out the access hole, I loaded them in the truck about a dozen boxes at a time. At the new house, I had to get in through mud and snow, carry the boxes across the living space, down the cellar stairs, and stack them against a wall. I could only manage two loads in any evening. In some cases, I set the boxes down with the label facing out, but not always. And some boxes had different labels on different ends. Each person reading this has a similar story to tell of course.

In shipping orders over the past five years. we have often had to go to the stack to refill the shipping cubbies. This was usually difficult and not infrequently, unsuccessful. It was often easiest to run the originals to the printer. But, when you do this, and then later locate two boxes of what you were looking for.... ! Don Lancaster said "Doing something stupid once is just plain dumb. Doing it often is a philosophy." For us, we were developing a philosophy. It was time to organize the pile.

Something else had become apparent. We had not increased the price on the "everything" package for over 12 years. This we had to do recently because we had added so much new material to the top side, and because we were doing so much reprinting - most of it was necessary. But now, having reorganized the stack, taken down the boxes, relabeled them, and set them chronologically against a different wall, we can see the inventory much better. It is clear that we have way way too many of some items. Fortunately, these are items that are still in demand: Volumes 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11; which are the heart of the analog synthesizer work.

Because we have too many of these, it makes sense to figure out how to move some. The time and expense spent producing these is no longer much of an issue, but shipping costs and (new) time spend packing and running to the post office are. We have decided to offer these five volumes (about a 2.5 inch stack) at a cost of $32, which is 1/3 the individual item cost. These we will ship by the simplest and least expensive way possible. The $32 includes postage, and this offer is for US addresses only. Email us: berniehutchins@yahoo.com for quotes to other addresses.

If you wish to order these, just drop us a note with $32 by check or MO, and ask for the special offer on Vol. 7-11. And please be sure to clearly write your name and address.

Send to:

Electronotes
1016 Hanshaw Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

As has always been our policy, when you order individual items from us, you can, within one year, order the "everything" package and take your first payment(s) as credit(s) toward the price of the everything package.