Originally Posted by PassingInterest
I'm really looking forward to your next set of World-Class builds.
Your innovative builds are always a treat, along with your informative in-depth evaluations.
Any comments on your impressions of the Sundown operations?
You did get to tour the factory after driving all that way, right?
I'm not sure I would consider them world class, since I haven't ever finished one(lol) Thank you for the very kind words, from someone with your incredible skillset I consider that a very high compliment.
Jacob was kind enough to show me around. I really dig the vibe he's got going. He has the technical know how/engineering skill to make badass drivers, but also the business sense to keep everything running smoothly. It really is a tidy operation deserving of the growth he is experiencing.
The main room is order processing, a test bench, and shipping and receiving. Every driver is thoroughly inspected and tested before it leaves to the customer. The E, SA, and SD-2 lines arrive assembled, the Z and NS lines are built to order in house. Attached to the main office is a shop where cabinets can be built and a couple of cars can be pulled in to work on. There is also a storage area where all the driver soft parts are stored between the main room and the build room. The main warehouse is a separate building, the demand for product has been so great that his stock is very low for another couple of weeks. His market share is growing, and for good reason. His desire to expand into the home driver market is going to be a good thing for the DIY community.
Being in the process of tooling the new baskets and soft parts is very exciting. Not only does the frame accommodate 6" of travel, but also up to a 6" coil. Speaking of coils, he is using some very very well made coils built on spiral split ZAC formers. I saw a couple of DVC edgewounds that are incredibly clean. All in all the coming months are going to be very exciting indeed. I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to get familiar with the line and help foster some deserved exposure in the DIY market.
I'm very confident about the possibilities with these drivers, and will be evaluating them over the next few weeks. I'll do my best to back up my findings with measurements wherever possible.