While I wasn’t looking, all major manufacturers have discontinued the 8-pin DIP plastic version of the ubiquitous LM301 op amp. When such a popular part is discontinued, there’s usually a years-long supply in multiple warehouses. I have had little luck finding any 301s in stock at an affordable price. While I don’t need any at the moment, they are used extensively in the DAP 310. Sure, there are many chips that will work as a replacement, but a lot of my customers ask that their units be maintained as close to stock as possible.
For some reason, I’m seeing an increasing number of LM741 failures. I cannot imagine 741s being discontinued, but I also never imagined the 301 being discontinued. It’s possible to get an SMD version and solder it to an adapter board that plugs into the 8-pin socket, but that solution adds time and money to a refurb. I just bought a lifetime supply of 741s.
The potentiometers on DAPs (Bourns 3386H-1-202LF, primarily) are now over $1.00 each in quantity. While that doesn’t seem like much, I typically don’t charge extra for minor parts when I refurb a DAP. I have a pretty good supply of those pots that will last a while, but it looks like I may have to charge regular labor plus parts for a refurb. Everything is getting more expensive.
A lot of people over the years have removed Expander cards from their 310s, and they’ve apparently discarded them. I regularly get requests for them, and I don’t have them. I’m seriously considering producing one. If you’re interested in getting some, please let me know.