ef37a wrote:Ha! Bet they would not have done it for me!
They would have, actually -- it was a mod they were prepared to offer to special order because they appreciated the sense of it. As I said in my review:
Hugh Robjohns Review wrote:One final point worthy of mention: a persistent issue I have with digital meters is the way most fail to indicate the normal operating range and safety headroom margin in an operationally useful way. The standard A2D2 does better than most in this respect, with the top six meter segments glowing yellow to warn of incursions into the headroom zone. However, with such a large and detailed scale, I felt there was a better option... and after discussing this with Drawmer I'm delighted to say that the company were very willing to supply a unit to my precise specifications. As a result, I bought a customised unit, which is now installed in my test reference system. The 'Robjohns Meter,' as I believe it is known in Wakefield, uses green LEDs from ‑50 up to ‑20dBFS, yellow from ‑18 to ‑9dBFS, and red all the way up to zero. This arrangement conforms with the broadcasting level standards (alignment level of ‑18dBFS and maximum permitted level of ‑9dBFS) and makes it very easy to see at a glance when signals are sitting in the 'normal' yellow region, and when they have crept into the (red) headroom margin.
It can be a dangerous practice commercially.
Yes, it can. But that specific example it simply involved altering the relative numbers and positions of different coloured LEDs when stuffing the boards with components, which isn't that big a deal. For a one-off like mine, it was done by hand during the build without too much of a cost penalty, but if required for larger numbers it could be done with altered instructions for the component stuffing machines, again with no cost penalty assuming the different coloured LEDs cost the same price. I believe there were a number of subsequent orders for 'the Robjohns meter' version. ;-)
Word was these favours were in danger of sinking the company.
Ah yes... 'favours' are dangerous. But properly costed 'mods', 'one-offs' and 'bespokes' shouldn't be a problem, provided the company has the flexibility and resources to deal with them efficiently -- and that the product is designed in such a way that allows such tweakery. Not everything does, of course, but some products are designed from the outset with customisation very much in mind.