What is the difference between the PDI-03 and PGA-04 filter circuits?
The PGA-04 was my answer to customers asking for more versatility. Though you may read many different comments, the heart of the PGA-04 isthe original filter circuit with the two switches replaced thru two potentiometers for a continuous control between the extreme positions of theswitches.
The original 03 is surrounded by almost legendary status. We found one on E-Bay today that was selling for $1200. If you can, pleaseexplain the mystique surrounding the PDI-03.
I can only guess, but the fact that the PDI-03 was used and praised by some very popular artists and producers, the unavailability in the U.S. for the normal customer, and that Palmer is a small boutique-like company without publicity could be the reason.
We know you are excited about the re-issue of the PDI-03. What prompted you to re-issue it?
There existed a patent for a unit that claimed to do the same job as a PDI-03. Though I never had seen the unit before, this guy threatened mewith legal action and defamed me as a thief having stolen his ideas. Ridiculous. Palmer did not infringe upon anyone else's patent--and now thepatent has expired. It looks that there is still a demand for a more authentic speaker sound even after all the modeling amps with digital speaker simulation. E-Bay is the confirmation. Shall I wait until I see a knock-off copy from China?
How close to which original is it?
It will be a re-issue of the early 90’s model with the "battleship grey" housing, metal knobs, and of course the improved heat sink.Is it the exact same technology as the older 03 or is it a new design? How much is it going to cost?Fortunately we kept all the production paperwork and test charts. And hopefully the fact that the new housing is laser cut instead of punched willnot influence the sound. The price will be the same as for the PGA-04.
When do you expect to have it ready for release? What are some of the problems you have had with trying to get it back in production?
Since we had all the production documents I was very optimistic to restart the production very fast. But it turns out that we have had somedifficulties in getting our components. Especially the switches, which used to be “off the shelf components”. We are now having to get themcustom made for us.
Martin, thanks so much for taking this time out of your busy schedule for this interview. Are there any closing comments you would liketo add?