Long story short - I paid Black Lion Audio good money to destroy my mixing board.
One of their employee's seemed to be blocking me from talking to anyone else, and strangely enough claimed the board didn't work when it arrived, and then wasn't sure, and then said it did.
I have all my correspondence with them to prove what went on.
Here are some of the facts...
1. After this was all said and done - I found the employee had the same gear I did, already to go, and properly modified. Hmm... how strange is that?
2. The employee seemed to make efforts to block me from talking to anyone else.
3. The employee said my unit was DOA, and then wasn't sure, and then said it was ok. That's kind of weird isn't it? It worked great when I sent it.
4. When it arrived back to me, after they modified it, the preamps sounded horrible, and the faders would give you electric shocks if you we're holding a guitar or microphone. The Black Lion Audio guys insisted it was a problem at my house. Hmm... really guys? I sent the board to you guys to be circuit bent, I never sent my house.
5. The owner of Black Lion Audio basically called me a liar and an idiot.
6. I called them out in a public forum, and none of them would respond.
7. I received lots of private email from other's who have had problem's with their service.
8. I had my local repair guy look at the work they did - he said they blew the ground traces off the board due to poor soldering. Hmm.... you mean it's not my house that's causing my to be electrocuted by my recently modified mixing board?
9. The same tech also said - the mod they we're performing was smoke and mirrors anyway. They are simply replacing some op amp's.
10. If I had to take a wild guess - I think the employee say my unit, and used it as an opportunity to repair his own, which explains all the weirdness of why he wasn't sure if it arrived DOA. He also lied to me, saying he didn't have another unit to test with, but I saw his for sale a week later.
They we're willing to look at it, if I sent it back to them. I told them I was not paying shipping, and duty again - and did not trust them anymore. If they wanted to make good, they could refund my money. At least then I'm only out the board, not the board plus the cost for them to wreck it. We could not come to an agreement.
So yeah - I PAID MONEY to let Black Lion Audio destroy a perfectly good piece of gear. Plus shipping, plus taxes, plus duty. Now I've got their $1000+repair bill, and no mixing board, which was worth $1400. I'm out $2400.
If anyone wants any more details on this, please free to email me, I've archived all my correspondence with them, and can back up my claim.