do you know how the new kit compares with the version you built? like what changed or what is new?
the new kit is, with one exception, very much improved in every way. The exception (and one of the main reasons for me going in on the first iteration) is the filter. Olivier stopped production on the model I have b/c he could not reasonably acquire more of the vintage analog filter chips used on the Shruti.
Basically - the PCBs are redesigned to stack neatly on top of each other, making for a much smaller, more secure package. A lot of really cool new functions have been added to the OS, new arpeggiator patterns, the ability to chain these guys together for polyphony, just good stuff all around. I think you will be able to purchase the entire kit + case as well.
i actually managed to damage one of the PCBs on my Shruti so it's been out of commission until I can get a replacement. fucking sad face, there.
but yeah, I'm saving up for this model too....