Feeling jealous of that irreplaceable red, orange, and yellow-buttoned drum machine in the collections of Neil Landstrumm and Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession-author Joe Mansfield? E-licktronic may have a solution for you.
The electronics company is now selling the Yocto, a clone of the Roland TR-808 machine. The kit comes with two circuit boards and all components needed to assemble the kit, except for a power transformer and — perhaps most importantly — the enclosure.
Sample the Yocto’s sounds and see the box in action, below. If this is a little too much assembly-required for you taste, check out John Twells’ guide to the best outboard music gear (including drum machines) that you can grab for under $350.