Jump to content


Photo

NEXT: I am heading to Hong Kong to work for Bumpboxx!

bumpboxx classic bumpbox classic new boombox hong kong

  • Please log in to reply
66 replies to this topic

#1 Lasonic TRC-920

Lasonic TRC-920
  • Moderators
  • 13,257 posts
  • LocationNaples, Italy

Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:18 AM

It’s been a long time coming, but I have something I want to share with the Boombox community.

 

On September 1st, I will be traveling to Hong Kong as a guest of Rob Owens, CEO of Bumpboxx. It’s been a bit of a secret for sometime, but I want to share with you all why I am going and what the goal of having me there is.

 

Last fall was the first time I spoke to Rob regarding a review of the Bumpboxx for Boombox Magazine. We had a lengthy discussion about his vision of what a modern Boombox should be, how Bumpboxx came into existence as well as the classic radio’s we all know and love. We continued to speak throughout the end of the year and into 2017. I have found him to be a very interesting person in the fact that he is working very hard to improve the original designs based on so much input from this community. He has evolved his product, changed manufacturing facilities and is continuing to work towards better designs.

 

I told Rob that from 1984 through 1999 I ran an electronics’ company with my father, specializing in wire harness fabrication for numerically controlled milling machines (Fadal Engineering was our main customer). First, we talked about me possibly coming to Hong Kong to have a look at the manufacturing techniques to see if I could somehow help in the quality department, but then our conversation turned back to this forum.

 

Rob and I have spoken in great detail about what we both feel is lacking in the market place today in terms of portable music systems and of course about the complete lack of a true BOOMBOX.

 

I explained to him that I have personally been involved in or at least read every notable discussion on this forum, from poll’s that have been posted, to DYI projects to the favorite features we all loved from all the best classic designs, but mostly that I have heard everyone’s opinions on what we would want in a “New” design.

 

Since moving to Italy our conversation has continued. Rob has been working on HUGE projects that include large licensing deals and partnerships with retail outlets with the current Bumpboxx as well as some brand new, over the top KING KONG boxes. In our conversations Rob has continued to express a serious desire to bring a TRUE CLASSIC in all terms of the words, back to the market place. But he is also a very busy man.

 

So, this is where I come in.

 

Over the last few months I have been working extensively on creating brand new “Classically” styled boombox drawings. "The Bumpboxx Classic". With all of you in my ear and in the back of my mind I have scoured my personal collection as well as radios from this forum to pull design cues, features and components that make a classic a classic. I currently have five designs that I will be presenting to Rob in Hong Kong on September 1st. I will be there for a total of two weeks in hopes that we can work out what it will take to actually make this happen. I will then return as needed until we have achieved our goal.

 

Rob and I both know what is at stake here. The upfront manufacturing costs on a project like this are HUGE. In reality, there is not a 100% guarantee of this coming to fruition, but we are going to work extremely hard and do our best.

 

I am going to say one last thing…

 

For me personally, this is an opportunity of a life time. As a collector and a member of this community, the chance to design a product that may go into production is a dream come true. I am very aware that there is “Dreaming” and there is “Reality” and somewhere in between there is cost and limitations that will dictate the final product.

 

Please bear with me, please show this process respect and positive support. One of the greatest aspects Boomboxery has ever had, has been the true kindness of its members. I am going to need that more than ever to get my head around what will be needed to hopefully do the impossible…

 

Build a Classic Blaster that we all would want to own!

 

And yes….I know….

 

Build Quality, true stereo, not made of wood, folding handle, analogue VU meters. cassette deck, dual antenna’s ect, ect…

 

I’m on it!

 

Wish me luck!

 

This is for all of you......  :chris920:

 

Attached File  bumpboxx_tahoma_EQ_tagline.png   5.2K   3 downloads

 



#2 Northerner

Northerner
  • Members
  • 4,007 posts
  • LocationNorth East UK

Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:33 AM

Holy frick!!!!! This is awesome! If anyone was going to do this I do think you're the best choice Chris!

Can I put in my order for one now please!!!!!!!!!! :-)

#3 snedboy

snedboy
  • Members
  • 79 posts
  • LocationScotland

Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:54 AM

That's amazing. Modern portable stereos look awful and the so called retro ones just add more hideousness. There must surely be a market for a proper one. Best of luck with the project

#4 docs

docs
  • Members
  • 1,451 posts
  • LocationUnited Kingdom

Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:58 AM

Amazing Chris, good luck and hope this can be pulled off.



#5 T-STER

T-STER
  • Members
  • 1,429 posts
  • LocationUK

Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:29 AM

Chris i cant think of a better boombox ambassador than yourself. Its amazing to think this opurtunity exists in this day and age and i think i speak for most people when i say you have our unreserved support.

As you say it is tough, there will always be cost implications, production and tooling costs and restrictions on what can be acheived but this is the challenge and i know you are up to it.

I have not even seen a design yet but i am 100% in and buying one.

Rob seems like a man with vision and between you, well, you might just create something legendary.

#6 samovar

samovar
  • Members
  • 144 posts
  • LocationItaly

Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:49 AM

Awesome news, one that makes everybody happy! Hard to think of a better person for the job. You're the one Chris, and you'll certainly get all the support you need and much more: from the wonderful boombox community on this site and from all the boombox lovers around the world :-)



#7 blu_fuz

blu_fuz
  • Moderators
  • 10,099 posts
  • LocationWI

Posted 22 August 2017 - 09:08 AM

Is this real life?  :smooch:



#8 caution

caution
  • Members
  • 1,391 posts
  • LocationHillsboro, Oregon

Posted 22 August 2017 - 09:35 AM

Yeah really Joe. Pinch me!!



#9 Lasonic TRC-920

Lasonic TRC-920
  • Moderators
  • 13,257 posts
  • LocationNaples, Italy

Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:42 AM

This is real life....it is as crazy as it can be, but it is real.

 

I leave Naples Italy at 6:45am and arrive in China 23 hours and 15 minutes later at 6:00am after one stop in Paris!

 

It's going to be a long day to get there.

 

Thanks for all the kind words. I am super pumped and super motivated! 



#10 blu_fuz

blu_fuz
  • Moderators
  • 10,099 posts
  • LocationWI

Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:57 AM

Be safe buddy and we are all very excited for you. This is great.



#11 Lasonic TRC-920

Lasonic TRC-920
  • Moderators
  • 13,257 posts
  • LocationNaples, Italy

Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:59 AM

Be safe buddy and we are all very excited for you. This is great.

 

Thanks Joe.



#12 fromNKLwithlove

fromNKLwithlove
  • Members
  • 302 posts
  • LocationFIN

Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:58 AM

Oh man, this sounds like a dream! I'll be waiting for updates... :drool:



#13 Mystic Traveller

Mystic Traveller
  • Members
  • 1,005 posts
  • LocationSt. Petersburg, Russia

Posted 22 August 2017 - 12:12 PM

Awesome, Chris!

Good Luck and take care, man!  :yes:



#14 Barb Bush

Barb Bush
  • Members
  • 63 posts
  • LocationSoCal

Posted 22 August 2017 - 12:21 PM

!!!  Awesome !!!  Once in a lifetime opportunity.  Enjoy the ride.



#15 MyOhMy

MyOhMy
  • Members
  • 1,883 posts
  • LocationSleaford, Lincolnshire, UK.

Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:02 PM

Did I really read that - did I??? :jawdrop: 

 

 My, Oh My, how you've ever managed to sleep at night while all this has been going on I'll never know.  This sounds so incredible it's almost surreal and, if any other member had written this, it would have been consigned to the 'Last Post Wins' thread as being pure fantasy.

 

As has already been said, If anyone can to this then it's your good self.  :yes:  :cool:  :hooray:



#16 jimmyjimmy19702010

jimmyjimmy19702010
  • Members
  • 3,162 posts
  • LocationSunny Brisbane, Australia

Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:36 PM

Wow Chris, congrats on your new role with Bumpboxx! :-) You certainly have your work cut out for you.

IMHO, if you go 'all plastic' original with the casing, it won't sound good enough - people expect Hifi sound from something big. You're going to have to obey the basic rules of speaker casing design for the internal box to get the sound quality up to 2017 standards. Upright, shallow casings make it difficult for a designer to get the sound right. There is a reason good sounding boxes like the Exos9 are the shape they are.

Sure, make the outer case vintage plastic etc with the cool details we all love but internally, this thing MUST be up to spec as the modern consumer demands sonic perfection. :-)

In other words, consumers will over look a lack of styling cues and a high price tag if the sound is right but not the other way around. In 2017, 'Performance is King' :-)

Good luck Chris. I can't think of a better embassador for the Boombox community!!

James.... :-)

P.S maybe a Van Halen themed box?? :lol:

#17 ralrein1

ralrein1
  • Members
  • 956 posts
  • LocationShasta County in the real Northern Kalifornia

Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:56 PM

Well it had to happen. You with your globe trotting Van Halen lifestyle.😄😄😄 I know you'll do well and I wish you nothing but the best! Safe travels to you sir.☺☺☺

#18 Katsa

Katsa
  • Members
  • 128 posts
  • LocationLousiana

Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:28 PM

Wow wow wow great news

#19 -GZ-

-GZ-
  • Members
  • 2,228 posts
  • LocationBoom Central

Posted 22 August 2017 - 09:55 PM

There are several members here that could have been chosen for this project....but I think he picked the right guy for the job. No question. You have our full confidence, Chris. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

#20 BoomboxLover48

BoomboxLover48
  • Boomus Fidelis
  • 4,801 posts
  • LocationChicago, IL

Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:03 PM

Great News!  :yes:



#21 hardmen

hardmen
  • Members
  • 1,503 posts
  • LocationItapevi - São Paulo - Brasil

Posted 23 August 2017 - 01:05 AM

Lucky for You, Rob and Bumpboxx :rock:  :clap:

With you joined in, for sure good things are coming...

 

Not for me, for live so far and maybe never get one... 

 

The world keeps turning.

 

Cheers.



#22 JVC Floyd

JVC Floyd
  • Boomus Fidelis
  • 5,164 posts

Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:06 AM

Wow awesome!.
Can't wait to see what happens.
I know you got the eye of the tiger.

#23 Dr DER

Dr DER
  • Members
  • 1,022 posts
  • LocationRefferside Cali

Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:59 AM

Sorry I can't make it to China this time chris but next time I will go . Rob understands that this September will be a very busy month for me with all the planning of the Las Vegas meet . But him and I have talked and I will be going on the next trip.. Like I said there is a bright future ahead for Bumpboxx . So please support and have a little patience this company . Work Work Work and maybe a beer with my buddy LASONIC TRC 920 .. See you soon ..

#24 riker1068

riker1068
  • Members
  • 1,015 posts
  • LocationFLORIDA Jacksonville

Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:12 AM

Gonna see lots of cool stuff



#25 Lasonic TRC-920

Lasonic TRC-920
  • Moderators
  • 13,257 posts
  • LocationNaples, Italy

Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:49 AM

Thanks for all the kid words guys. It means allot. 

 

My "Van Halen lifestyle"  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: That is so awesome!

 

Dr DER, we'll have a beer together when you get out there! From Hollywood to Hong Kong!



#26 Dr DER

Dr DER
  • Members
  • 1,022 posts
  • LocationRefferside Cali

Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:04 AM

HOLLYKONG..

#27 Transistorized

Transistorized
  • Members
  • 585 posts
  • LocationUSA

Posted 23 August 2017 - 03:22 PM

What an amazing opportunity. Congratulations!! 

 

I know we all here would really enjoy the ability to play our cassettes on a good modern portable. This might actually prove the be the hardest feat due to the fear of a limited market by the sales team. The vast majority of the world has written off the cassette despite the fact they are still religiously used by us. I would love to see this done. It could work by having something for the youngsters as well as us "seasoned" collectors. SD and USB MP3 with at least 192kbps recording capability for the kiddos along side with cassette recording and playback for us :-)

 

No matter what you guys do, I am sure it will be the coolest thing the world has ever seen :-)



#28 THAFUZZ

THAFUZZ
  • Members
  • 3,390 posts
  • LocationUSA

Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

I've been following this plan almost from it's inception. I'm so excited for all of the Boombox possibilities. Chris, You will do very well. You have so much vision, and creativity, that Rob will be blessed to have You there, helping. My wife just bought herself a Red Bumpboxx SE, to compete with My Blue SE. I will continue to support Bumpboxx, and Rob's vision to recreate a classic looking, and better sounding modern Boombox. This is going to be exciting! Go Chris, go! :rock:



#29 Radio-Active

Radio-Active
  • Members
  • 318 posts
  • LocationNorCal Redwood Coast

Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:23 PM

Level Up!!
Badass,man.

#30 Lasonic TRC-920

Lasonic TRC-920
  • Moderators
  • 13,257 posts
  • LocationNaples, Italy

Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:32 PM

What an amazing opportunity. Congratulations!! 

 

I know we all here would really enjoy the ability to play our cassettes on a good modern portable. This might actually prove the be the hardest feat due to the fear of a limited market by the sales team. The vast majority of the world has written off the cassette despite the fact they are still religiously used by us. I would love to see this done. It could work by having something for the youngsters as well as us "seasoned" collectors. SD and USB MP3 with at least 192kbps recording capability for the kiddos along side with cassette recording and playback for us :-)

 

No matter what you guys do, I am sure it will be the coolest thing the world has ever seen :-)

 

There are a ton of hurtles to over come and I'm interested to see what is possible. I agree, the deck is the biggest question mark. 

 

Something I did want to share, when I was in Germany, I was chatting with some of the guys there who were talking about someone who recently purchased a cassette manufacturing facility. One of the last such places in the world. And they have been ramping UP production, not down as demand is starting to rise. I heard numbers like 10k last year, 15k this year and they are expecting production to rise. I wonder who is buying/using them? Is it all of you????  :lol:

 

I've been following this plan almost from it's inception. I'm so excited for all of the Boombox possibilities. Chris, You will do very well. You have so much vision, and creativity, that Rob will be blessed to have You there, helping. My wife just bought herself a Red Bumpboxx SE, to compete with My Blue SE. I will continue to support Bumpboxx, and Rob's vision to recreate a classic looking, and better sounding modern Boombox. This is going to be exciting! Go Chris, go! :rock:

 

Thank you Adam, You and I have worked on many projects over the years. Like so many on this site, from JJ, to Norm and everyone else who has invested so much time into the "What If" conversation. I'm going to look at modern materiel's, manufacturing processes and components that are available. 

 

I think the part of this I like the most is how committed Rob is. That man is on a mission. In the last year, I have watched him building a team of people. Surrounding himself with the right team and listening to what people have to say. It may seem slow at our end, but in terms of production and scale, he is moving at light speed. 





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: bumpboxx classic, bumpbox, classic, new boombox, hong kong