Sadly it looks like Omicron is going to further delay normal production levels of Raspberry Pis and other electronics.
Perhaps some activities for users like best all Zynthian song, or best Zynthian-keyboard integration competition might help keep people engaged.
With the suggestion that Pi 3 Chips may be more readily available for a while, a guide for making the best of a pi 3 based Zynthian may be useful.
The " Re-Tasked Zynthian Hardware" post running only FluidSynth might be an example that would rune fine on a Pi 3.
pihut.com (UK? lists VAT prices)
No Raspberry Pi in stock except Pi Pico, and Pi 400
I just surveyed the available of Pis from various suppliers, it’s really thin pickings.
I have to wonder if any of the other Pi inspired boards could be adapted without doubling the software development/maintenance effort and Zynthian staff.
I recall seeing a 51 week lead time for Broadcom chips earlier in the pandemic, I assume the Raspberry Pi is permanently married to Broadcom through Eben Upton’s relationship. The option of using other brands of SOC might help assure a more steady parts supply. There are other board with future Pi model 5 performance.
Some reference Googling:
Opinion post: Why doesn’t RaspberryPi move away from broadcom?
Pi in Short Supply: Site Claims 52-Week Wait for 4GB Model ( (12/20/2021)
Raspberry Pi makes its first ever price increase, global chip shortage to blame
( 21, 2021)
Some lists of alternative boards for review, a few of the mid/low level boards are said to run raspbian.
Most Powerful Alternatives to Raspberry P (Feb 2021)
20 Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives | Best Single-Board Computer To Try (March 1, 2021)
Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives (Dec 2020)
Raspberry pi alternatives ( Jan 2021)
Pi Alternative Examples
Some spec hi-lights for The Large Product Line of Banana PIs . . . . Their Github. . . Wiki
Banana Pi (Hard to find) depository of Manuals, Schematics and System Images
BPI-M5 Amlogic S905X3 Quad-Core Cortex-A55, 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC Flash onboard
Some Seller Listings:
BPI-M3 Banana Pi M3 A83T Octa-Core (8-core) 2GB RAM with WiFi & BT 4.0 $103.77
BPI-M5 Amlogic S905X3 Single Board Computer with 4GB RAM and 16G eMMC Flash
$86.00 + $13.65 delivery January 26 - February 16
Amlogic S905X3 Quad-Core Cortex-A55 (2.0xxGHz) Processor, 4 USB 3
Banana PI BPI-M4 Realtek RTD1395 Chip 2G RAM $65.00 + $15.99 deliver Jan 31 - Feb 22
Runs Raspbian Stretch
Cheaper listing: Banana PI BPI-M4 Realtek RTD1395 Chip (2GB RAM) 59.99 + $15.99 delivery January 31 - February 22.
///// Just for reference, If you have to get a Pi Now, here are some Amazon reseller listing examples, in addition to these there are a number of bundles with PIs for $200-$500.
3 B+ selling alone for $136.00-$206.99
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 2019 Quad Core 64 Bit WiFi Bluetooth (4GB)
3 Sellers @ $149.88 US EcoZone, vis viva, & MAD ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA
Vilros Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Basic Kit with Fan Cooled Case $123.99 (2 gig $114.99)
LoveRPi Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Computer with Heatsinks $139.99
Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B 8GB
$199.95 FREE delivery from vis viva
$199.95 + $4.99 delivery from MAD ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA
$237.00 + $30.75 delivery from ZAR Systems Germany
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 8GB Extreme Kit - 128GB (SD card) Edition (8GB RAM) with Fan, Case, Heatsinks, Cables $169.99