Originally Posted by healthnut
Delighted to hear this Tom! Knowing your strict attention to detail and quality control, the more things you can directly regulate, the better it is for the the product and by extension, the customer.
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Very astute observations..
In a narrow scope of vision, the end customer is getting the same product with an amplifier that now has xlr inputs and a 12v trigger...ho hum...yawn.
But the added value to the in house amplifier expansion and the new spray shop cannot be over stated. Not from a business value (or evaluation) perspective.
I could talk about the advantages for days. Some are obvious, the majority not so much. Here is one example. We have spent many hours attempting to find alternate finish shops for our cabinet needs. This began 3-4 years ago. You can find hundreds ready to do cut+assemble any cabinet model you send...in raw MDF. You can find dozens that can ALSO spray finish those cabinets...all with a very unappealing "bed-liner" style finish. Ugh, no thanks. You can find *zero* that have the equipment, experience, and capabilities to finish the cabinets to our standards...*zero*. The reasoning for that search was twofold and simple.
1)You always want to have a back-up ready to "flip that switch" for any important component. Cincinnati goes dark in a zombie apoc and you want to be able to call plan B and say.."hey guys, remember all those quotes you gave us on Invoice 915? Okay, we're issuing a purchase order today for the first 800 cabinets. We'll send the product SKU breakdown and the official PO via email this afternoon. You *always* have a plan B.
2)You should always shop for alternate price quotes, always. I've known those guys In Cincy since the 2000-2001 days. Terrific group of fun loving friendly types. But this ain't showfriends, this is show business. Always, always look for multiple quotes on everything.
Anyway, getting back to point #1
, now we have, literally a hundred shops we can contact for raw MDF enclosures. We now have both important safety nets AND it is very easy to get competitive quotes if/when we want them. EVERYONE has a 6 axis CNC and plenty of experience with MDF.
Of course the spray system is stage 1 in the cabinet process. Stage 2 is adding our own CNC and cutting our own cabinets on site. Stage 3 is adding paint/gloss options as well as wood veneering on site. When will those happen? Not in 2018, maybe not in 2019. But who is betting against us?
I know, I know...the next question is...well what about drivers? That will happen too, when we decide it makes the most sense. That will actually be the least stressful of the big three(amps, cabinets, drivers) because Jim and I have brought drivers in house before. And least we forget the drivers we were designing back in those days were absolute state-of-the-art. The Ultra13 design for example. 10 years(!) later it is STILL considered one of the better drivers in a production home audio subwoofer.
Imagine PSA in a couple-few years.
In house amp design+assembly, Complete cabinet design, assembly+ production including wood veneering and gloss options. AND all driver design, assembly, and production as well.
All on USA soil right here in Ohio...
Power Sound Audio