Why the "*" ?

Normster

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Beats the hell out of me. I just did it cuz I saw everyone else do it. Figured it was like a secret code or something. ;)
 

Blue Strat

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Apparantly, Mr Dumble doesn't like people sharing proprietary information about his amps and has threatened people for doing so.

Some of the information in question probably isn't proprietary, but I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised that an inventor wouldn't want proprietary information about his amps/inventions distributed freely.

After all, in any other profession this would be known as "intellectual property".
 

scottl

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Originally posted by Blue Strat
Apparantly, Mr Dumble doesn't like people sharing proprietary information about his amps and has threatened people for doing so.

Some of the information in question probably isn't proprietary, but I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised that an inventor wouldn't want proprietary information about his amps/inventions distributed freely.

After all, in any other profession this would be known as "intellectual property".
So serious Mike? Actually I think it is somewhat of a tongue in cheek joke. It is mostly used in general threads and not discussions of proprietary info fwiw..... Search the forums. People just like adding the *, it contributes to the mystique. Most threats I have heard about have nothing to do with Dumble circuit discussions but with using his name when selling other companies gear. It is a perfectly legal sales tactic to compare one brand to another in a stylistic comparison.

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Blue Strat

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Originally posted by scottl
So serious Mike? Actually I think it is somewhat of a tongue in cheek joke. It is mostly used in general threads and not discussions of proprietary info fwiw..... Search the forums. People just like adding the *, it contributes to the mystique. Most threats I have heard about have nothing to do with Dumble circuit discussions but with using his name when selling other companies gear. It is a perfectly legal sales tactic to compare one brand to another in a stylistic comparison.

Scott
Yeah, it it used tongue in cheek to be sure. But I'm pretty sure the origin of this whole thing is as I've described it.

Imagine your employer suddenly deciding to give his product, service, or proprietary information away for free. Imagine the impact on your income;)
 

hasserl

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Originally posted by Blue Strat
Yeah, it it used tongue in cheek to be sure. But I'm pretty sure the origin of this whole thing is as I've described it.

Imagine your employer suddenly deciding to give his product, service, or proprietary information away for free. Imagine the impact on your income;)
Why should this be so hard to imagine? It used to be fairly common practice to make schematics available for any electronic device.
 

Blue Strat

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Originally posted by hasserl
Why should this be so hard to imagine? It used to be fairly common practice to make schematics available for any electronic device.
Here's an idea. Why not ask Cisco for schematics and source code for their routers. They make a lot more money than Dumble ever did, so they should be perfectly willing to give their proprietary information away, right?;)
 

Normster

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It would seem that this thread is taking a serious turn, so let me throw my .02 into the ring. First off, I'm a project manager for a software company so I fully understand piracy, patent infringments and the like. However, there is very little that's propietary about most of these schematics and photos. In fact, I saw very little difference between the Dumble schematics and a few Fenders.

Having completed my "dumble clone" I can only say that it will never sound like a Dumble. Howard is in no danger of me stealing business from him, and I'm pretty sure he would never build an amp for me anyway.

I'm reasonably sure that it's Howard Dumble that makes the amp sound great, not the design topology or part values. He's a DaVinci and I'm just a guy who wants to hang a poster of the Mona Lisa. :D

I think of it more like my old hot rod days. I used to go to car shows and races and learn whatever I could about high performance parts. Then I'd try the stuff on my own car. While I was certainly faster (and louder) than stock, the pros could have cleaned my clock any day.
 

Blue Strat

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Originally posted by Normster
In fact, I saw very little difference between the Dumble schematics and a few Fenders.

Come on! LOL, you must have noticed some differences between the preamp sections.:D
 

LHanson

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Originally posted by Normster
It would seem that this thread is taking a serious turn, so let me throw my .02 into the ring. First off, I'm a project manager for a software company so I fully understand piracy, patent infringments and the like. However, there is very little that's propietary about most of these schematics and photos. In fact, I saw very little difference between the Dumble schematics and a few Fenders.

Having completed my "dumble clone" I can only say that it will never sound like a Dumble. Howard is in no danger of me stealing business from him, and I'm pretty sure he would never build an amp for me anyway.

I'm reasonably sure that it's Howard Dumble that makes the amp sound great, not the design topology or part values. He's a DaVinci and I'm just a guy who wants to hang a poster of the Mona Lisa. :D

I think of it more like my old hot rod days. I used to go to car shows and races and learn whatever I could about high performance parts. Then I'd try the stuff on my own car. While I was certainly faster (and louder) than stock, the pros could have cleaned my clock any day.
BTW, I'm told that you NEVER call him Howard.
 




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