Originally Posted by Seamaster
Mikhail return my email just fine, within 18 hours average. I can get hold of him by phone most of the time. I think that 5% customers that made him look real bad. Don't get me wrong, I do have a amp is being built by him has taken too long. I mean well over 6 month! At same time you should consider all the high end stuffs Mikhail hand made by himself. It is like too many order, and too little help.
Ok the 5%
Mikhail will return my e-mails too.
He did return one phone call this new year 11.00 PM. EST. (I was asleep)
But the statement that only 5 % of his customers make mikhail's business look bad? He makes his business look bad, we are just telling our stories,
that hopefully, will help another fellow head-fi member make his or her own informed decision.
The hi end stuff? Is open for interpretation, did you see the inside of my amp a few pages back! There are no hi end anything in there. In fact there are hardware store crimped on connectors in there! Look in there again Please.
He loves plastic zip ties, they secure half of the components in my amp. The other half of the components are soldered to the zip tied componets.
So let me say this, "Mikhail has no skill as a builder of amps".(designer maybe/builder skilless) Look at his work, it's not just messy. His work is not thought out at all. The solder joints are sloppy and some of my amp componets have no solder
. Hi-end/quality is not just how it sounds it is through out the entire product. His chassies are nice but he dosen't make or finish them.
He has also always!!! tryed to charge me more for anything he has ever sold me, For example 2 Bendix red label 2C51 tubes he asked $150, I said wow that seems high next email well $125 is as low as I can go. Why not say Mark $125? I asked a fellow headfi member if he had any yep. $70.
This stuff is all true we are not making this stuff up!
I sent Mikhail a batch of hi end NOS tubes for testing Hundreds of dollars worth, I finley asked him did you ever test those tubes I sent you? Makhail said they were all junk!!!! He through them away, I was expecting the tubes to come back to me with some sort of value written on them (88/92) nope he tossed them in the trash for me.
more:..OK, I have never gotten anything that said what options are in my amp, or my MPX3 or my PPX3 I asked Makhail! all I got was, It is the best sounding one I have ever built. I wanted him to say piltron transformer/blackgate/auto biasing/cardis 1/4/jacks/so and so caps/etc.
My original amp that was ordered was a SDS/XLR There is no Super duper anything in my amp. Plus this really pissed me off, There is a switch on the top of my amp. The original purpose was I was going to use the amp as a supra ie. SDS/XLR which I originaly ordered.Then Makhail called me to say he was so happy with the new circuit he invented with the Extreme amp. series and he wanted to build that into my new amp. Makhail said with a switch/ my amp was to become a Extreme XLR also. The first of it's kind.
I call Mikhail and asked what tubes can I use with the supra output section? (Makhail had sent me 4 tubes for the output section of my amp in extreme mode @$100 per, but no tubes for the supra mode) Mikhail said I would never need the supra section because the Extreme curcit sounded so much better!
Makhail also asked for like a 1000.00 more than we originaly agreeded upon.
Then like you have read here before the shipping department wouldl not release my amp. (which was way late)
untill I paid the ballance of the amp!!
Anyway Makhail makes himself look bad. I am just telling my side of the interaction between me and Singlepower.