As you all know Mike Willegal created the Mimeo Apple-1 reproduction over the course of many years and with the help of original Apple-1 owners to refine the design over time. When Mike decided to stop production of the Mimeo, I took over with Mike's blessing to keep up the high quality and reputation of his work. Every Mimeo board was US built and electrically tested so we could be sure there were no manufacturing errors and I know I personally visually inspected every board for cosmetic defects before I shipped. As many of you know the big investment in a Mimeo is the parts and so having a high quality board will prevent you from pulling your hair out if it doesn't run after you built and populate it.
Well someone sent me a link to an eBay listing for "Mimeo" Apple-1 boards.
Warning, fake Mimeo marked Apple-1 boards out there...
I emailed the seller and confirmed these are NOT real Mimeo boards. They were not created using Mike Willegal's Gerber designs and from a general look they appear to be from the open-source one except they are apparently marked on the reverse side as Mimeo and they are selling for much less than the actual Mimeo PCB cost to manufacturer to the high standards Mike Willegal established.
I cannot speak as to their quality or if they are tested, but understand if you have not bought your "Mimeo" board from Mike or myself, going forward it may be suspect in quality. Just caused it's marked Mimeo doesn't mean it is one anymore.
I also want to mention, I messaged the seller on eBay and he said he got them from someone here. If that person can PM me and show that these are real Mimeo boards, I will have this post deleted, but they would have sold these at a major loss. The Mimeo cost me much more to make than these are sold for.
Also for those of you wanting on real Mimeo's. I should be starting production back up this spring. With much of the travel restrictions being removed here in the states and my comfort level with traveling, I will be visiting some PCB manufacturers in the new year to decide which one will create the new run of "Super" Mimeo's.
Sorry for my rant, but I have already someone contact me for help with a Mimeo he acquired recently and now that I know this "fake" Mimeo is out there I need to worry that the board itself could be the problem, which I never had to before, I could just trust the board and it's many hundreds of VIAs are good. These “fake” Mimeo’s could get someone a false sense of security that the issue with your system isn’t the board.