buildafriend

Re: API knobs
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2021, 11:11:21 AM »
Auchh , quite expensive those Don Audio knobs...

Is it just me or Don Audio store seems quite overpriced?

I think it looks expensive there too. Sometimes shipping locations give people a pricing vantage point, but I don't know if that's whats happening there..


Whoops

Re: API knobs
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2021, 12:03:15 PM »
careful, I can certainly say that they have legal documents hanging on the wall inside of the Maryland factory with the rights to that look

As far as I know these knobs are Vemaline and not API, also as far as I know API has no trademarks related to those knobs, their trademarks are for the API logo and the "Dual-Concentric Knobs" only.

Vemaline created that knobs in the 50s, before API still existed. They still produce the knobs and you can order from them, although only in big quantities:

https://handlesunlimited.com/product-category/knobs/retro-knob/


more info here on the trademarks and API statements here:

https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=32957.0


Whoops

Re: API knobs
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2021, 12:03:57 PM »
fun photo


Whoops

Re: API knobs
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2021, 12:22:00 PM »

buildafriend

Re: API knobs
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2021, 12:12:10 AM »
I mean who cares about one offs right? Those don’t really hurt anybody. I worked there lab as a technician mostly handling test and repair on the channel strips for the consoles. I’d guess you could probably get away with shifting the look of the knob a bit and I’m sure it gets more technical but the paperwork for their trademark on the knob/s was framed and hung near the offices. The popular clones don’t have knobs that look so close to the same. I’m not a lawyer, just a tech trying to point out what I vaguely remember seeing. I’m not sure China cares. You can get them to copy almost any form through Alibaba.

The machining looks great though 👍

iprovlek

Re: API knobs
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2021, 10:29:37 AM »
As far as I know these knobs are Vemaline and not API, also as far as I know API has no trademarks related to those knobs, their trademarks are for the API logo and the "Dual-Concentric Knobs" only.

Vemaline created that knobs in the 50s, before API still existed. They still produce the knobs and you can order from them, although only in big quantities:

https://handlesunlimited.com/product-category/knobs/retro-knob/




You are right Whoops and they are casted and then cutted to size for using....





iprovlek

Re: API knobs
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2021, 10:31:14 AM »


As far as I know these knobs are Vemaline and not API, also as far as I know API has no trademarks related to those knobs, their trademarks are for the API logo and the "Dual-Concentric Knobs" only.

Vemaline created that knobs in the 50s, before API still existed. They still produce the knobs and you can order from them, although only in big quantities:

https://handlesunlimited.com/product-category/knobs/retro-knob/



more info here on the trademarks and API statements here:

https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=32957.0
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You are right Whoops and they are casted and then cutted to size for using....

iprovlek

Re: API knobs
« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2021, 10:32:50 AM »
As far as I know these knobs are Vemaline and not API, also as far as I know API has no trademarks related to those knobs, their trademarks are for the API logo and the "Dual-Concentric Knobs" only.

Vemaline created that knobs in the 50s, before API still existed. They still produce the knobs and you can order from them, although only in big quantities:

https://handlesunlimited.com/product-category/knobs/retro-knob/


more info here on the trademarks and API statements here:

https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=32957.0


You are right Whoops and they are casted and then cutted to size for using....

Whoops

Re: API knobs
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2021, 06:29:29 PM »
I’d guess you could probably get away with shifting the look of the knob a bit and I’m sure it gets more technical but the paperwork for their trademark on the knob/s was framed and hung near the offices.

I already explained before API has no trademark for the knobs their trademarks are for the API logo and the "Dual-Concentric Knob arrangement".

The knobs were designed by Vemaline in the 50s before API ever existed.

 

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