Excited to say the first sample boards came in for the Amiga 2000 replica project! These are way better than the prototype sample I thought I was getting. They are full commercial quality with gold plated copper traces and all. They test good and I will be putting one together over the weekend and next week!
This is a great project for the fans of the awesome Rev 6.X series of the A2000! I’ve had some time in the evenings while I’m stuck here in Spain working on a job to review it and make a couple of small changes. I am not merging them into this main project out of respect for the original creator since we haven’t talked, and to be honest I only cleaned up some areas in the ZII and video slot to see if it cleans up the signals. I’ve got two RED (Come on of course they are) prototype PCBs on the way and will be waiting when I return. If all goes well and they work I want to see about having my USA Fab produce commercial quality boards just like my A4000 boards. I’m also wanting to see if the creator of this project is open to accepting a $5 or $10 donation over what it costs me to produce them. I have confirmation from the Fab that they will be able to sell them to me at the same $65 a board in batches of 10 like the 4000. That means I’d still be able to offer them for $85 shipped just like the 4000 in the same gold plated quality! $90 or $95 with the extra going back to him.
I realize not everyone wants to pay and have someone else recap an Amiga. For those looking to do it themselves I have taken the time to build up a simple page here now located up in the menu bar with the most common owned Amiga systems along with the Panasonic caps I use. These are high quality Hybrid Polymer variants. Can you get cheaper? Well, yes you can but I ask why? If you insists on them being standard low cost caps you can use the values and look for a normal one using this as well. Just find the size and search other brands or type in its place. I would ask why you would want to replace caps with lower quality though? Take the time to do it, and do it so it lasts is my feelings.
Also I would recomend you follow my good friend John “Chucky” Hertell’s guide on doing it right. You can find it on his site along with lots of other great things here: http://wordpress.hertell.nu/?p=464
As a reminder to all those waiting for returned boards and to those looking to get any new work done. I am currently working in Australia for another couple weeks. I return July 17th but will leave again for 3 weeks on another job in Spain July 20th. I thank you for understanding and will be attempting to get as many boards done from the 17th and 19th as I can and out.
I created a profile over at Trustpilot. You can find it by just searching “Acill Classic”. I’d love to have those of you that had work done with me post a quick review of the experience you had. Good or bad is fine. I want an honest review of how I do with all of the projects I have taken on. Thanks for taking the time to support me and I hope to get continued support in the future!
The link is here to my review page: https://www.trustpilot.com/review/acill.com but it doesnt seem to like links at times. Search “Acill Classic” and it will also come up.
I want to tank everyone for the continued trust you have given me with your boards and projects. As I am about to fly to Australia for a couple weeks later tomorrow I would like to remind those looking for sending things in, and those that have it takes time to get to them all. I am doing this alone, in my free time and do not charge before I get things done because of that. If its ever taking longer than you are comfortable with by all means ask me to return an item and I will gladly do so and try to help find another option for you.
I thank everyone for the continued trust and support and hope to see you online! Feel free to contact me any time for questions. I am available online most days.
Happy to be able to say this nice 4000 is back from the dead. After looking over the board I discovered a tiny VIA with a green dot on it. Sure enough it had corroded through and broke the path the trace used it for. After cleaning it up and unfortunately having to use a jumper wire to repair it we are good to go!