Yeah but the rollers and such only have to be changed when they get worn out. There was the question during the Kickstarter after how many records this would be, and they couldn’t say for sure but said “lots” or similar. Backers asked for replacement kits just in case, so they added the option. I ordered one kit, which is one set of rollers, 5 water filters and 5 air filters, which set me back 16 euros as part of the Kickstarter. I thought better to be safe and save on shipping. I guess they will be available on the regular website as options.
Removing the filters for cleaning and changing is a breeze, it’s well designed
They said they’d first ship to backers who ordered more than one, then single backers by order of pledging (there are IIRC at least several hundreds, maybe more than a thousand) and then the preorders. I think they have started doing the single backers already, so I hope yours won’t take too long. Commercial launch is Nov 18 according to the new website
BTW I didn’t have to pay any import duties / taxes for the delivery from China to Germany. I don’t know if that’s normal for this type of goods, special for Kickstarter pledges, or an error by FedEx. (And neither if I will be hunted down by the customs police)
Thanks, I guess so. DHL has usually done the customs immediately and collected it on delivery. In some other cases, if the applicable duties weren’t obvious, the parcel was withheld and I had to pick it up at the customs office. Not sure about FedEx [who where the shippers in this instance], but I didn’t think it was even possible for a parcel to be handed over without customs being paid one way or the other.
For the money, this is a no brainer. I will buy one once it is launched for the non backers on 18.11.21. The degritter is a few K while the KL Audio is no longer in prodcution. Audio desk (at least the old version & in my own experience) is an expensive boat anchor.
It can be handled safely and it is* in wide industrial use, so your drops won’t change the big picture if you dispose of it properly. However, there are no safe amounts of this that should be allowed to enter the environment:
* Or was, as it is being replaced and phased out or already should have been, the sunset date was January 2021
I guess the UK hasn’t banned it. Anyways, wetting agents for photography are another option (Ilford Ilfotol, Kodak Photoflo, Agfa Agepon), not healthy either but seems less bad. It’s what Kuzma suggests. The Ilfotol is on Amazon Germany in handy 25 ml packages - more expensive than the 1 L container but according to Ilford it only keeps for 12 months in open bottles.
And dishwasher rinse aid does a very similar thing