Author Topic: Small bear retiring  (Read 3563 times)

fair.child

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 661
    • View Profile
Small bear retiring
« on: September 22, 2021, 01:58:42 PM »
As the title says… who’s going to continue the journey?

matmosphere

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 2660
  • Matthew
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2021, 02:32:06 PM »
Very much a bummer, definitely the end of an era. I can’t imagine how much the market has changed during their time. It sounds like Steve is just ready to move on. I hope them all the best.

cooder

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 2983
  • Stephan Nelson / New Zealand / Aotearoa
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2021, 03:54:29 PM »
Pedal DIY wouldn't be the same without tem, so many thanks for the years of dedication and help!
All the best wishes for their retirement!

I have read in the grapevine that Jon Cusack is talking to them, so hopefully he picks up the batton. Another fab dude!
BigNoise Amplification

harryklippton

  • Solder Ninja
  • ****
  • Posts: 389
  • Will
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2021, 04:16:14 PM »
Literally where will I get good knobs now? Small Bear was always my first stop for parts

dont-tase-me-bro

  • Solder Ninja
  • ****
  • Posts: 353
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2021, 04:48:15 PM »
Hopefully he sells it instead of just going away.  They provide a great service
I thought this would save me money.

midwayfair

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 7302
  • Jon P
    • View Profile
    • Midway Fair
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2021, 05:17:02 PM »
I have read in the grapevine that Jon Cusack is talking to them, so hopefully he picks up the batton. Another fab dude!

I guess I haven't seen him in a movie in a while, this explains why.
Myself's music & things I make: http://jonpattonmusic.com. My band: http://midwayfair.org. PCBs of my designs from: http://www.1776Effects.com (Bearhug Comp & Cardinal Harmonic Trem); http://www.jmkpcbs.com (Hamlet+ delay & Blue Warbler envelope vibe); Snow Day OD/Flabulanche: www.madbeanpedals.com

gordo

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 2994
    • View Profile
    • Project Website
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2021, 05:47:21 PM »
Small Bear has been my enabler thru this crazy journey.  This is really sad.  Steve has done a ton for the community.
Gordy Power
Vaxed, boosted, ready to rock...

madbean

  • Administrator
  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 10140
  • Brian
    • View Profile
    • madbeanpedals
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2021, 07:24:26 PM »
Steve was kind enough to call me last week to let me know. I was tempted to say something here but decided it would be better to wait. I cannot say enough about smallbear and what an incredible resource it has been for me and for all of you. There probably would be no madbeanpedals if smallbear hadn't existed. It's a retirement wholly deserved. Still, I has a sad.

With luck some of our other favorite suppliers will step in and fill the very large gap that's coming. Best of luck to Steve and the smallbear gang!

Stomptown

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 2428
  • Jon
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2021, 08:28:23 PM »
Man, what bittersweet news.  I’m very sad for the DIY community but happy for Steve.  It will definitely be interesting to see how this unfolds.

peAk

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 1530
  • Justin - Houston, TX
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2021, 08:53:57 PM »
WTF

This is terrible news


Invertiguy

  • Transistor Tickler
  • **
  • Posts: 109
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2021, 09:09:28 PM »
Man, this is a huge bummer. Small Bear was always my first stop for obscure ICs, obsolete transistors, LDRs, all sorts of pots, and pretty much anything else you can't find at Mouser or Digikey. While Steve has certainly earned his retirement, I can't help but wonder who (if anyone) is going to take his place. Hopefully someone buys the business and continues it and we aren't left at the mercy of fake Ebay chips and Reverb scalpers charging $50 for a v3207.

culturejam

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 4579
  • Function f(x)
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2021, 09:20:36 PM »
I guess I haven't seen him in a movie in a while, this explains why.

TWO DOLLARS!

fair.child

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 661
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2021, 10:20:14 PM »
I really wonder who’s going to pass the baton for smallbear.

Should be BLMS? Merge with Smallbear? Or PPP/Smallbear

At least we still have Tayda

A lot of good switches came from Smallbear, especially for my VFE builds

Also, enclosures. If Steve is done, I hope at least someone continues the business

glops

  • Stompbox Star
  • ***
  • Posts: 132
    • View Profile
    • Superglops
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2021, 11:23:54 PM »
Man, the world is really ending. I am completed gutted by this news. I love small bear so much and going to miss that site, been shopping there for over 10 years now. I really can't live without that wire or those thin stomp washers and it was the only place I bought pots. Super depressing, what a shit year...

matmosphere

  • Electron Doctor
  • *****
  • Posts: 2660
  • Matthew
    • View Profile
Re: Small bear retiring
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2021, 04:25:46 AM »
I guess I haven't seen him in a movie in a while, this explains why.

TWO DOLLARS!

Perhaps one of the finest films ever made!