Well doesn't any new pedal design need research on the design and work done for a new manual, etc.? And I'm not saying the components should be substandard... not at all! Why not use thicker tape. Why not find an old famous design no longer in production and go from there (like the Echomatic)? Isn't that the mission statement from this company, and the reason we see Tubescreamer and Rat clones? The whole point of BYOC, from interviews I've read, is to bring back life to beautiful old effects, and allow us to mod/restore them into our own new and beautiful creations? My only thoughts regarding cassette decks were that if an ENTIRE cassette deck can be found for $20... are parts such as tape heads really that expensive to prevent them from being included into a BYOC kit? I guess we can only know for sure once we actually have some numbers, because I am assuming that they must be on the realistic side, whereas you are assuming they will be very expensive.
And as far as there not being any consumer demand or appeal for real tape delays, isn't that a bit of a strange argument coming from someone who owwwnnss a Space Echo
And I have to say you comparing a PT2399 to a delay that actually uses analogue tape is not really a fair comparision, is it?... 1/8" or 1/4", it doesn't matter; a delay that uses analogue tape is a different breed of delay than one that doesn't.
Thanks for talking with me so far though, this has been a good debate so far!