FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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FAQs - frequently asked questions. If you have a query then this is your first port of call.

  • Do you offer kits?
    Not any more - I still offer PCB/panel sets from time to time, but picking and checking the components for full kits, not to mention fielding the inevitable complaints when something was missing, was more hassle than I am willing to handle at present.

  • Do you have a recording of ....?
    Try here: https://soundcloud.com/yorkmodular

    If you can't find what you're after then try Instagram - some people have made recordings using my gear but I don't keep track of them.

    Audio recordings are done on a very much 'when I get the chance' basis and even then they're done in one shot with very little post-processing other than fading in/out and/or removal of longer periods of silence - the quality usually stinks.

    Please don't ask for a recording of $MODULE - I have neither the time nor the inclination to do one-off recordings for people.

  • FR-4 panels? What the heck are they?
    Panels made from PCB material.  As it turns out, 1.6mm FR-4 is a surprisingly good panel material which is considerably cheaper than metal even if it is subject to the same constraints that apply to PCB manufacturing. Wikipedia has the fine detail right here.

    Panels will usually be a dark purple (RAL4007, or thereabouts) for larger runs, and dark grey (RAL7016-ish) for 'initial' or short runs. In both cases, lettering is ENIG gold. Default colour for most modules is purple, since I can get a good discount for large runs - where there's a choice, purple and grey will be offered as variants.

    I am unable to do one-off runs of grey panels.

  • Those colours blow ... can you do me a panel in $COLOUR?
    Short answer: no
    Long answer: no, because runs of single PCBs, which is what the panels basically are, are extremely expensive. Very few fabs will entertain the idea of producing a single board.

    I make the design files freely available, so there's nothing to stop you fabbing your own.
  • Why don't you offer metal panels?
    Sub-mm metal fabrication on a small scale is insanely expensive.

  • I can't find your gear on ModularGrid ....
    There may be some of my modules on there, but you'll have to dig around for them.  Any information on my modules you do find will have been put there by someone else - I am not a habitual user of ModularGrid.

  • Do you ship to ....
    Probably - if you're prepared to pay the shipping costs. There are a couple of caveats though:

    1. Due to Japan Post not processing international mail, I am only able to offer DHL Express shipping for the forseeable future.

    2. Due to an unacceptably high level of returns I am unable to ship to German Packstation addresses or Amazon Lockers. Specifying such an address will delay your order until you can supply an alternative shipping address.

    RUSSIAN AND JAPANESE CUSTOMERS: Please supply your address in English - Royal Mail are seemingly unable to process addresses in non-Latin characters. Not doing this will delay your order - I can read Russian fairly well. Japanese, on the other hand ...

    That said, if you're able to provide your address in your 'native' language as well, that may aid delivery.

  • If I order something, can you put a low amount on the customs form so I can avoid paying duty/fees?
    No - I have a legal obligation to correctly represent the true value of the shipment on the customs documention. I will do this without exception.

  • Regarding returns ...
    In the event of something not working, let me know - despite my best efforts, faults can happen and electrons are notoriously fickle beasts. Sometimes it can be 'operator error', other times it can be a genuine fault - in either event, be nice about it.

    Note that per the returns policy, you are responsible for return shipping costs. In situations where something is clearly faulty, I'll generally process your refund straight away - no muss, no fuss. Please return any faulty modules to me within 14 days of receipt.

    IF YOU NEED TO FILL OUT A CUSTOMS FORM (CN22) FOR YOUR RETURN: make sure that you fill the form out correctly - the goods should be declared as "RETURNED GOODS" with no commercial value (some CN22s have a tickbox for 'returned goods' - others don't)

    If I am liable for any customs fees, these will be deducted from your refund total.

  • Do you offer courier shipping?
    Only if you specifically ask for it - courier shipping to the EU is now particularly expensive due to the couriers adding 'Brexit surcharges'.

    The default option is Royal Mail - domestic stuff will generally go via Tracked 24 or, for particularly valuable orders, Special Delivery. The default international service is Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed - if this isn't available to your country, I use International Tracked instead.
  • My module has stopped working ...
    That's unfortunate - sometimes these things happen. Because I try to keep my module designs relatively straightforward there's a pretty good chance I'll be able to repair it for you. More often than not, this will be done free of charge. Obviously, for this to happen you'll need to return the module to me - see the FAQ 'Regarding Returns' (above) for more info.

    You don't need to send stuff back via super-mega priority mail - a simple tracked service is adequate.

    Note that you are responsible for the cost of return shipping - in the event of a module being irrevocably knackered and no replacement being available I'll do you a refund.

  • Are you really a one-man operation?

  • Do you do trade shows/demos/etc.?
    Nobody's ever asked.