Donation to Médecins Sans Frontières

The donation for 2020 to “Ärzte ohne Grenzen/Médecins Sans Frontières” has been made.

Beginning of April I made the announcement to donate 10% of the EBT/earnings before tax of my business. I wasn’t clear about it myself for how long I would do it. Thanks to all your orders it turned out to be a good year (who can says this?) and so I decided to continue till the end of this weird year.

I am really happy to let you know that I finally donated a total of 1000 EUR to “Médecins Sans Frontières”. This was possible because of your orders.

Below you will find the two receipts of the donation from this summer and this month.

Thanks to you all to make this happen. I am not sure what I will do next year, but I guess I will try to continue my work…

Bank statement MSF Q2 2020
Bank statement for the first donation to “Médecins Sans Frontières”, Q2 2020
Bank statement MSF Q3 and Q4 2020
Bank statement for the second donation to “Médecins Sans Frontières”, Q3 and Q4 2020

Last Order?

This goes to the more than 7% of my customers and interested people in the United Kingdom. I guess you are all aware of the situation arising by the end of this weird year.

If the hard brexit is going to happen it will massively change trading between the UK and the EU. Generally it means that you will pay net prices, without 19% German VAT. But you will have to pay import VAT to the UK, which means plus 20% on the full price including shipping. And shipping will be more expensive from January 2021 as well. I don’t know the rates DHL will charge from January on, but I guess it will be around 20 EUR for a small package (2kg) and around 30 EUR for a 5kg parcel. It could also be that the UK will charge customs on top of the amount.

This means an order with a net price of 100 EUR will massively increase next year. Germany currently has a lower VAT rate of 16%. This means for an order of 100 EUR you will pay 116 EUR plus shipping. Let’s assume a weight of 5kg, so it will be 116 EUR plus 16 EUR shipping. You pay 132 EUR.
From January 2021 it will be 100 EUR plus shipping of assumed 30 EUR, means 130 EUR, plus 20% UK import VAT, 130 EUR + 26 EUR = 156 EUR plus customs (if applied). You see that this is a massive change of roughly 20%.

If you are planning to build a Eurorack case, and want to buy some parts, you should probably do it this year. So I would kindly ask for you requests till the 20th of December. Otherwise I cannot guarantee that I will be able to ship before the end of this year. My business year will end before Christmas.

Of course I will continue shipping to the UK, but don’t tell me I didn’t warn you 🙂

„Are you shipping these days?“ – YES!

I was hesitating for a while to post something regarding the current situation we are all facing. Yes, there are more important things to do than thinking of „Eurorack” in a crisis like this. Beloved people, family, and friends first! Then looking after people that might be in the need for help.

Am I in the need for help? A clear NO. Not yet. Things are going quite normal, absolutely no need to complain. I am German, and from Berlin – we are masters in complaining.

So, why a post then?

Simply because I read it from your mails, „are you shipping these days?“. And I think it is the right time to tell you, yes, I still do. I keep the business up and running. No restrictions so far, besides from no pick-up in the workshop for the local peeps. Of course I noticed a decline in the number of orders, and I was taking it as a consequence of the current situation. Usually this time of the year is quite busy. But if there is an uncertainty if the business continues I have to react.

I was also wondering what I can do that could be of any help? In Germany we are in a quite comfortable position. The government has set up plans to reduce the impact of the lockdown. Yes, not everyone is in the focus but overall it feels „okay”. I am aware that if you go more detailed it might not be the case. But there is a group of people that is completely out of focus since the past few weeks: Refugees at the borders of south-east Europe. This is why I decided to donate to “Ärzte ohne Grenzen“, which is the German division “Médecins Sans Frontières“. What does „donate“ mean? Once my monthly costs (workshop), and the material (and additional costs for boxes etc.) are covered I will donate 10% of each order above the break-even. This will not be a huge amount, but it will be some money that will help. Yes, this is a matter of trust, but over the last seven years many of you trusted me when ordering my products, why not now?

By the way, probably you haven’t noticed, the new frame format is available, 28% less weight and aluminium. For black frames even with a significant price drop. Just request the price list.

new frame format, 28% less weight and aluminium, black and silver
Clicks & Clocks new frame format, 28% less weight and aluminium, black and silver

One more thing, my courier (DHL/Deutsche Post) told me that they work pretty normal, but they depend on the national postal services when shipping international. So far there are only three relevant restrictions that have been announced.

  1. The French post “La Poste“ is currently not handling packages with one side exceeding 60 cm. That means I cannot ship sizes over 104HP to France with my courier.
  2. Shipping to Canada is not possible at the moment.
  3. For the USA an extra fee of 16 EUR for each shipment will apply due to reduced capacities on international flights.

I can use a different courier which may result in higher shipping cost. Please ask.

That’s it for now.
Keep you heads up, stay safe, at home and healthy.
Stefan/Clicks and Clocks

1U Intellijel® format 19 inch frames in black and silver

Finally the new parts arrived, rack ears in 1U format in black and silver.

It took some time and planning, but from now on I can offer new parts in 1U Intellijel® format. The rack ears are key to build a 19 inch frame with two 86HP/437 mm rails, screws and threaded inserts or sliding nuts. Or get your complete frame in black or silver. As you like.
Just ask for the latest price list.

1U Intellijel® format 19 inch frames in black and silver
1U Intellijel® format 19 inch frames in black and silver

New: 2HP Passive Multiple

Expandable Multiple, 2 x 4 or 1 x 8 Sockets – Black or silver, ready to use or as DIY kit

The 2HP wide passive multiple can be used for audio signals as well as for control voltages/CV. It has two modes, 2 by 4 (dual) or 1 by 8 (single) sockets. Easily selectable with a toggle switch. The module can be ordered with silver or black anodised front panel.

Clicks and Clocks 2HP Expandable Passive Multiple
Clicks and Clocks, 2HP Expandable Passive Multiple, switchable from 2 x 4 sockets to 1 by 8 sockets

The DIY kit is easy to assemble even for beginners. Just the direction of the toggle switch has to be checked before. The sockets can only be inserted in one direction. The front panel has to be mounted carefully, so it doesn‘t bend. When mounted it is stable because of the overall construction of the module with the PCB. The slotted nuts of the sockets can be tighten up with the fingers or a screwdriver that fits in.

2HP Expandable Passive Multiple DIY kit
Clicks and Clocks, 2HP Expandable Passive Multiple, DIY kit