Originally Posted by syd123
Well they employ 150 people full time, so there is at least a fair amount of work being done in Binghamton. ..But I wouldn't be at all surprised if processors, such as that in my integrated amp and those found in their AVR Pre-amps, are sourced over seas.
Typically shops this size outsource the circuit cards, so what comes in the door is stuffed, soldered and tested. I don't know if they still wind their own transformers,. Cutting, bending, punching and plating chassis is another thing to outsource.
As for their claim that "we don't know how long our gear lasts b/c we've only been in business 60 years" ...well, that may be true for their retro-style tube and s/s amps which can easily be rebuilt, but I'm a bit more skeptical about this claim as it relates to those components with processors and firmware.
Chip manufacturers usually give a lot of warning before they stop making a part, so people who use it have the opportunity to stock up for the future.
..It's hard to imagine that 20 years form now they'll be able to replace the digital volume control/ processor in my amp.
I suspect they have lots of backup stock for future repairs.
..Nonetheless, for the time being I enjoy it immensely and I'm glad knowing that it is at least partially built in an old mill town just a few hours from where I live.
I consulted at IBM in the 80s and spent a fair amount of time in the Johnson City Quality Inn. Binghamton was just down the road... Endicott, Johnson City and Binghamton are ducks in a row along the Susquehanna.