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RAMA WORKS U80-A
« on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 16:53:32 »
I'm very interested in coming RAMA WORKS U80-A.

What do you guys think about it?
Whos has already ordere it and who will order one?
What color do you prefer?
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 18 June 2019, 17:00:41 »
No silver. Cant customize weight... will wait for round 2 when he comes to his senses.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 19 June 2019, 04:29:27 »
No silver. Cant customize weight... will wait for round 2 when he comes to his senses.
So SEQ1 means this is round 1 and there will be more?
I didn't follow other Rama products - do you know or can you assume what kind of changes will come in second round?
Would there be possibility for ISO for example?

Also, where does this coming from? I wonder if EU will have to pay tax, customs etc
For some reason when i ordered some things from China, Japan etc - never paid taxes..
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 19 June 2019, 20:18:57 »
I ordered a MOON (silver) and I had the same idea that it is kinda lame how you can not choose what color plate or weight. But it is my first build ever so i am excited no less.

I have been waiting awhile to find a TKL keyboard kit.
I play a lot of games and I use my tilde too much to commit to a 60% and I am just excited to have a nice chunky and heavy TKL.

I am a big fan of silenced tactile thocky sounding boards so the main selling point is that insulator under the plate. I plan to use MOD-M switches or Zilents. 

Since it is honestly my first GB (other than massdrop) I am curious how long of a wait it will be.

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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 20 June 2019, 02:48:41 »
I ordered a MOON (silver) and I had the same idea that it is kinda lame how you can not choose what color plate or weight. But it is my first build ever so i am excited no less.

I have been waiting awhile to find a TKL keyboard kit.
I play a lot of games and I use my tilde too much to commit to a 60% and I am just excited to have a nice chunky and heavy TKL.

I am a big fan of silenced tactile thocky sounding boards so the main selling point is that insulator under the plate. I plan to use MOD-M switches or Zilents. 

Since it is honestly my first GB (other than massdrop) I am curious how long of a wait it will be.

Yep, I'm looking at Moon as well, looks like a safe choice to look good with all the caps sets I have.
I would prefer Moon and then rose gold or golden bar, but won't pay extra $80 for it. Unless I would find someone who would like to swap.
I would put Tealios on it, as I prefer linear, but would get hotswap, so could do any in the future.
I would miss ISO, as I'm in UK, but I guess I could get used to it.
Also, old school bottom row is a bit weird for me as well, 7u space bar and 1.5u mods may not be all available in my sets, so would have to fish for them second hand...

I hope it won't take long, people say about 2-3 months of manufacturing, so aiming for October max, I hope so...
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 21 June 2019, 10:33:15 »
I always think I'm done with keyboards, and then a new cool one pops up. I hadn't even heard of this one until this thread.

The U80-A doesn't look super appealing to me aesthetically, but it looks extremely high quality. I'm seriously thinking about getting this now; although none of the colors particularly appeal to me (or perhaps, I should say none of the color combinations. I think black with gold weight would look nice). I know I do not want the moon color since that's very similar to my M65-A, whose color I've never been satisfied with.

Maybe I should think about it in terms of keysets I have. White is boring, but it would go with GMK DMG or MT3 Dev/tty if I decide to keep it. Lake blue looks nice, but the closest thing I have to a set for it is SA Cyan on Dolch. Moon gray and Kuro black would go with ePBT slate. I have nothing that would go with the Port burgundy color.

Have you decide which one you like?

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 21 June 2019, 11:57:39 »
I'm thinking of picking up the Milk or Port, because I think the other colours aren't anything we haven't seen before. Hotswap, because of the flexibility down the road on switches.

Where did people say the lead time for this will be 2-3 months?

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 21 June 2019, 12:16:07 »
Wow, milk + heavy industry SEQ2 :drools:

I'mma scour youtube for typing demo videos after round 1.  The dampening method looks intriguing.
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 21 June 2019, 12:21:11 »
I'm very interested in coming RAMA WORKS U80-A.

What do you guys think about it?
Whos has already ordere it and who will order one?
What color do you prefer?

im personally not a fan of the mirror finished metal is on some elements of the board, which seems to be a trend by rama.

the internal dampeners are cool
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 21 June 2019, 12:22:16 »
I'm really interested in the internals of this. But I can't say I like the looks very much. I'll have to see how rich I'm feeling next month.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 21 June 2019, 12:28:36 »
I ordered a Lake since I already have the Nautilus caps and Linjars. Pretty excited to see how it sounds.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 23 June 2019, 13:54:20 »
No ISO no buy sadly! Shame as the muted system seems really interesting.
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 23 June 2019, 15:15:36 »
These days seem to all be about the TKL. Haven't been into TKL for a while now, but if I ever come around or feel like putting one together I may pick one up.

Personally, a bigger fan of the M60-A but even that is a little too shiny for my tastes.

Heavy Industry on the other hand? wooooo boy.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 23 June 2019, 23:21:34 »
I think many are still waiting to know how effective the mute pad is, especially with non-silent switches.

Colour wise, all of them look stunning but knowing that they are just really super nice renders, I won't commit until seeing live pictures.

I have ordered the Heavy Industry set though!

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« Reply #14 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 03:20:25 »
I think many are still waiting to know how effective the mute pad is, especially with non-silent switches.

Colour wise, all of them look stunning but knowing that they are just really super nice renders, I won't commit until seeing live pictures.

I have ordered the Heavy Industry set though!

Do you think they will show real pictures or typing test before ordering ends?
We still have 2 weeks, I would like to see that first before I press Buy button...
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 04:48:02 »
I think many are still waiting to know how effective the mute pad is, especially with non-silent switches.

Colour wise, all of them look stunning but knowing that they are just really super nice renders, I won't commit until seeing live pictures.

I have ordered the Heavy Industry set though!

Do you think they will show real pictures or typing test before ordering ends?
We still have 2 weeks, I would like to see that first before I press Buy button...


You an I both are on the same boat.
Ideally they would post photos and tests as it has been over three weeks since orders opened and they have promised to put out more information.
But seeing as how busy they are especially with the Koyu shipping very soon (sometime in July), we can only hope it comes before they get swamped.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 05:31:18 »
No ISO no buy sadly! Shame as the muted system seems really interesting.

You see, I also use ISO as I live in UK.
But I thought I could get that ANSI anyway and try to get used it it.
Looking at a build of U80-A, looks like they could introduce ISO later on - they would need to produce ISO pcb and plate.
That MUTE gasket looks like could take ISO already.

I hope they will do it in the future...
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 12:39:38 »


has the u80 being built with gat inks and even has a typing test.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #19 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 16:52:15 »
Daim!!!!!!
I saw that on reddit 15 minutes ago...
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« Reply #20 on: Mon, 24 June 2019, 16:55:54 »
Man that sounds super good.
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 07:40:57 »
Well... so I ordered it!
Got the Moon color.
Including postage to UK, £386.
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 08:16:44 »
Well... so I ordered it!
Got the Moon color.
Including postage to UK, £386.
Now, in next 3 months, Customs gonna slap me in a face...

I'm on the edge of getting one! How hopeful are you for ISO?
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 08:33:15 »
I'm on the edge of getting one! How hopeful are you for ISO?

Do not hold your breath on that ó there will be no ISO during this GB.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 08:56:22 »
Well... so I ordered it!
Got the Moon color.
Including postage to UK, £386.
Now, in next 3 months, Customs gonna slap me in a face...

I'm on the edge of getting one! How hopeful are you for ISO?

Well, hard to say. Ideally I wanted an ISO, but went for it anyway.

From the product point of view, it is possible just to produce ISO plate and pcb. If they gonna do it? Don't know. Maybe if they had more requests.
That mute gasket has big hole under enter area and on left for Shift, so looks like its all matter of having ISO pcb and plate.
Maybe that was the reason for keeping those holes there...



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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #25 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 16:49:04 »
TKL is my favorite layout and I love the RAMA aesthetic so I had to get one of these. I ordered the Milk (white) keyboard and a set of Heavy Industry Seq 2 keycaps. Don't forget to order the internal dampener or weight if you want one. I thought at least the dampener would be included but it's not.
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 28 June 2019, 22:30:34 »
I'm in love with the U80-A though right now, it's a bit beyond my budget.

If I were in the market, I think I'd go for either Port or Lake. I think a version in a forest green with a gold weight, would have looked awesome too.

I'll have to settle for my more budget-friendly Alu body TKL for now   :(
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« Reply #27 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 03:49:41 »


Well, hard to say. Ideally I wanted an ISO, but went for it anyway.

From the product point of view, it is possible just to produce ISO plate and pcb. If they gonna do it? Don't know. Maybe if they had more requests.
That mute gasket has big hole under enter area and on left for Shift, so looks like its all matter of having ISO pcb and plate.
Maybe that was the reason for keeping those holes there...

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I ordered a milk one, and an extra gasket , as I think it will require a little modification around the left shift and |\ key.  Once it arrives i plan on getting an iso plate cut at laser boost and either handwiring or designing a pcb (depending on how much space there is)

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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 08:59:05 »


Well, hard to say. Ideally I wanted an ISO, but went for it anyway.

From the product point of view, it is possible just to produce ISO plate and pcb. If they gonna do it? Don't know. Maybe if they had more requests.
That mute gasket has big hole under enter area and on left for Shift, so looks like its all matter of having ISO pcb and plate.
Maybe that was the reason for keeping those holes there...

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I ordered a milk one, and an extra gasket , as I think it will require a little modification around the left shift and |\ key.  Once it arrives i plan on getting an iso plate cut at laser boost and either handwiring or designing a pcb (depending on how much space there is)

Well, if you gonna do that, you may get iso buyers for it.
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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 14:36:53 »
If It works out ok then iíll add the files to github for any other iso lovers. That said if there are enough of us maybe rama would do an ISO plate? Who knows.

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« Reply #30 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 18:17:24 »
If It works out ok then iíll add the files to github for any other iso lovers. That said if there are enough of us maybe rama would do an ISO plate? Who knows.

I hope they will...
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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 18:17:45 »
I think this video shows good colors Rama is using, go to 10:25.

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« Reply #32 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 22:21:33 »
I went with a moon and internal dampener. I love the thick substantial bezel, and appreciate the restrained industrial look. I think more clean looking monochromatic key sets will look great with this. I ordered an Oblivion base set that I hope will look good with it.

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« Reply #33 on: Sat, 29 June 2019, 23:06:38 »
Just remember that the bottom row is different, its got a 7u spacebar, with the Windows keys at 1u each.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 30 June 2019, 09:40:05 »
If this mounting style works well and feels good, presumably there will be future Rama boards with it. As much as I'm curious about it (and as good a deal as the GB price is), I'll have to pass for now. I just don't like how it looks and I don't like the 0.5u spacing around the alphas.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 30 June 2019, 11:09:40 »
I went with a moon and internal dampener. I love the thick substantial bezel, and appreciate the restrained industrial look. I think more clean looking monochromatic key sets will look great with this. I ordered an Oblivion base set that I hope will look good with it.

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Yep, Oblivion will look perfect with Moon.
I love the bezel too, like old school Realforce:)
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 07 July 2019, 20:29:04 »
There is another video with Healios + Hako Royal True typing sounds and showing the LED modes.


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« Reply #37 on: Mon, 08 July 2019, 02:49:47 »
Yep, I saw that yesterday. Looking good.
From those videos it sounds like silenced Topre for me.
I have 55g silenced topre board and it sounds very similar.

So I understand the reason for this gasket - I understand that people didn't like so afar the sound of typing on aluminium cases, like Rama M60 for example, where you could here loud tock when bottoming out? Solid aluminium case with plate screwed to it was making hollow noises etc?
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 08 July 2019, 11:55:36 »
I still can't decide on color, dang it. I'm leaning towards Port but it's hard to tell how purple vs red this hue of maroon is. Lake looks good too. Black would be nice if I could get it with a gold weight, but black on black just looks too boring.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #39 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 09:04:27 »
Well, I went with Port since it was my initial interest. I hope it matches well with GMK DMG. If not, I'll throw some dark gray keycaps on it maybe.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 11 July 2019, 09:24:50 »
7/11 and pre-orders are still open.. hoping they're not gonna have production delays.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 11 July 2019, 10:26:26 »
I hope not, I'm keeping special place under this year's Christmas tree for it...
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 11 July 2019, 10:35:09 »
7/11 and pre-orders are still open.. hoping they're not gonna have production delays.

So far all of RAMA's group buys have briefly remained open after the official deadline. Don't read too much into it.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 11 July 2019, 10:38:24 »
7/11 and pre-orders are still open.. hoping they're not gonna have production delays.

So far all of RAMA's group buys have briefly remained open after the official deadline. Don't read too much into it.

I think they're in Australia, makes sense when you want to make sure global deadline doesn't cause someone to miss the order overnight.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 11:54:45 »
I think they're in Australia [...]

RAMA, Kate and Wilba operate out of Melbourne. The rest of the team are scattered over the globe.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 16 July 2019, 02:00:42 »
I haven't seen any discussion on this, but can the U80-A technically be considered a sandwich mount with no screws securing the plate?
There are no screws securing the plate+mute+PCB assembly to either the top or the bottom case and seems to only be mated to the top case by friction with the corresponding indents along the plate.
Any thoughts?

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 19 July 2019, 01:08:42 »
I should of grabbed one of these. I wonder what the aftermarket is going to be like for it.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 10 September 2019, 01:51:09 »
Do you have any plans to update the current production?

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 13:55:29 »
Looks amazing the keyboard I was trying to get it but was late by some weeks haha. I do hope they make a Second run version of this would be awesome

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 14:41:31 »
The U80-A is my dream, I was late few weeks as well  :confused:
There will be future runs (probably next year) ;)

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #50 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 16:24:31 »
i'm pretty stoked to not have to devalue my pcb by not having to solder my switches in. my body runs hot and i swear it makes the iron even hotter than it should be. that is a recipe for lifting pads who can relate
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #51 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 17:12:59 »
i'm pretty stoked to not have to devalue my pcb by not having to solder my switches in. my body runs hot and i swear it makes the iron even hotter than it should be. that is a recipe for lifting pads who can relate

I much prefer hotswap than soldering for few reason. I swap switches a lot and having desoldering without desoldering gun is just too much.
Especially when lubes goes out, and you need to re-lube the switches or stab....

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #52 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 21:10:47 »
i'm pretty stoked to not have to devalue my pcb by not having to solder my switches in. my body runs hot and i swear it makes the iron even hotter than it should be. that is a recipe for lifting pads who can relate

I much prefer hotswap than soldering for few reason. I swap switches a lot and having desoldering without desoldering gun is just too much.
Especially when lubes goes out, and you need to re-lube the switches or stab....

Exactly, not too bad if you have a switch top opening plate (although that's still very time consuming and also doesn't help if you have BOX switches), but otherwise it's too much of a pain to desolder. I have lifted many a pad desoldering with just and iron and a solder sucker. It also takes forever.

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #53 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 20:11:40 »
I am really psyched to get this kit. I ordered the "Lake" color with solderable PCB. I plan on putting in Zilent V2's 67gr. Also I ordered the heavy industry keycap set but also I have the GMK nines on order so not sure which one I will put on the board yet. I was able to get the U-80 ordered back in mid June. The web site says orders will ship when production is finished basically. I am really looking forward to this board, maybe it will even be my "endgame" lol. I would love to hear everyone's guess on how much the production on a kit like this might take. To those of you who are more experienced in these things, if you had to speculate, when do you think the production of a kit like this will be ready to ship? From what I have seen delays seem to be the norm, so I understand why vendors avoid putting exact dates on pre-orders etc. (case in point, still waiting on the KBD8xMkII, which it seems had to do a do-over on the brass plates...)

What do ya think? :)

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #54 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 02:52:31 »
I'm in exactly same position - waiting for 8X MkII and new brass wieghts, then U80-A.
I asked Rama about timescales. it could be 3-4 months.
I would love to get it on Christmas, but there is possibility that it will be January.
Fingers crossed guys will run it smoothly and all will be ready for without delays, cause with delays it can hit 6 months...
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #55 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 09:51:13 »
Pretty excited to receive mine.

Got the grey option, but can't remember the name for it haha.

I check every day for a potential update on the manu process.


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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #56 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 10:03:16 »
Moon, I also ordered it.
They should tell us already that at least production has started...
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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #57 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 20:45:13 »
I'm in exactly same position - waiting for 8X MkII and new brass wieghts, then U80-A.
I asked Rama about timescales. it could be 3-4 months.
I would love to get it on Christmas, but there is possibility that it will be January.
Fingers crossed guys will run it smoothly and all will be ready for without delays, cause with delays it can hit 6 months...
Thanks for this reply. Now I can kind of conceptualize a little more realistically about when I might receive this board and not get hopes up too much. Maybe January? OK cool. I will put it out of my mind a bit and keep waiting on that 8X MKII lol  ;D

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Re: RAMA WORKS U80-A
« Reply #58 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 21:56:05 »
2020 at the very least, I'm not expecting it until the spring