[sdiy] History of SDIY?

Ian Fritz ijfritz at comcast.net
Wed May 30 15:58:38 CEST 2018

Well then, guess I'm not a DIYer.  Should I drop off the list, Florian?


> On May 30, 2018, at 7:41 AM, Florian Anwander <fanwander at mnet-online.de> wrote:
> Hello Paula
>> you're saying it's only DIY if you build something which already exists?
> Yes. That is what makes DIY different from inventing or research and 
> development. In my definition(*) DIY is achieving the invention or the 
> idea of someone else by your own means. DIY never invents something. A 
> DIYer may adopt someone others invention for his needs. So building a 
> module that does not exist as a buyable product, but using existing 
> ideas (lets say a two-VCF Module with crossmodulation) is DIY, because 
> the VCF already has been invented.
> On the other hand: many topics discussed here in this list are beyond 
> this definition of DIY. And of course they are, as many of you already 
> crossed the border of synth-DIY and became hardware developers.
> Florian
> (*) one has to know, that in German "DIY" is a loanword from English, 
> which is used here since the 70s (there was a magazin "Selbermachen" 
> which established it), and it is definitely used in German in the sense 
> I describe.
> -- 
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