That's too bad. He still seems to be selling kits on Ebay.
I've decided to order a replacement WT588D-28P and a programmer (total cost from Ebay about $20). Looks like I get to roll my own solution.
Just a quick update, I was successful in programming a WT588D-28P from and repairing my kit. There is software and basic instructions here:
https://www.gbfans.com/shop/pack-parts/ ... ip-module/
For the Heavy Props kits with an amplifier, you need to configure the project this way:
Control Mode: Key
Sound Output: DAC
Busy Mode: LOW
Pull Up Resistor: Enabeled
Here are the sounds I loaded for the relevant equations (they may differ a bit from the stock config):
00H - PK063 pack_overheat vent slow.wav
01H - Unused
02H - PK088 SGBP_11_Stream_loop_1p699_11P935.wav
03H - PK089 SGBP_12_Stream_wind_down
04H - Unused
05H - PK060 protonpack_dry_vent.wav
06H - PK086 SGBP_7_PowerDown.wav
07H - PK080 SGBP_1_PowerUp_connect_0_3P546.wav
08H - Unused
09H - PK070 ghostbusters.wav
I can email a completed project if anyone wants it, just PM me.
A few notes about programming this thing without toasting it (I went through 5 boards before I finally figured it all out). Follow these steps when programming:
1) Disconnect the programmer for all power
2) Insert the sound chip into the programmer with the notch toward the tension arm, and secure it with the tension arm
3) Plug the programmer into USB
4) In the WT588D software, click connect
5) Erase and program
6) When complete, click cut in the WT588D software
7) Disconnect USB to the programmer
Remove the chip from the programmer
Anything except for those exact steps seemed to damage the chip and I could no longer erase or program them.
I also essentially used this wiring diagram for the sound board:
I have one oddity remaining on my board, which is that if I wire up the ground wire to the power cell board (second connection from the top in the above diagram), then my sounds go goofy and the wand stays lit all the time. It seems to work alright if I left it disconnected, but the power cell LED's aren't as bright.
I'm still horribly disappointed with the last of support from Crix (heavy Props ) and would not recommend that anyone use this kit.