[interview] TheBlueArk: Lim Ruishen

Here's FXDB's interview with Lim Ruishen of TheBlueArk:

How did TheBlueArk start?

I actually wanted a simple A/B box, but it was impossible to find in Singapore. I researched a bit and decided to put some soldering skills I picked up in school to good use. Since it was cheaper to order in bulk, I had a lot of spare parts and gave a few pedals to friends and started a simple website to sell off the rest. It kind of cascaded from there.

I had a lot of help from diystompboxes.com. I spend loads of time on forums and for a couple of years was very active on that one. The people there are great and very friendly.

Where does the name come from?

I've been using it as an online handle for a long time.

What sets TheBlueArk apart from other builders?

At the time, I was the only source of routing pedals in Singapore.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I built most of the pedals in my dorm. The only other person was my artist friend who sometimes added some artwork.

The circuits are hand-wired and almost exclusively on perf boards. Enclosures are spray painted with enamel paint and sometimes an artist friend of mine used acrylic paint to add some artwork.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

There was a lack of routing pedals in Singapore as well as tap tempo pedals. These were the main requests I received.

What does the future of TheBlueArk look like?

I have already retired from building pedals. It was a hobby and great fun while I was studying in the university, but I have since graduated and moved on to a day job.

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