Hello hello! Excellent question! Yes, I had planned to already have another batch ready by early 2021, but a brush with cancer put that on hold.
Fortunately, it was worth the delay! In that time, I upgraded all my machines and made a new building process (based on many lessons learned from the first batch), which means the new ShamiBuddy should take only half the time to make as it used to.
So, just for making the instrument itself, I believe I should be finished in June or July. However, that also depends on when I can get the accessories in stock. To make the price low enough, I have to buy a huge amount of accessories from my supplier in Japan. At this point, EMS airmail from Japan to the US is halted, and that’s the only method allowed for the big boxes which the accessories are shipped in. EMS has been blocked since May 2020, and I’m hoping it’ll be reopened in the coming months. But in any case, release of the ShamiBuddy will also depend on when I can get those goodies. If you’d like, feel free to sign up to the newsletter as I will make an announcement there when it’s ready. - https://bachido.com/subscribe