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post #721 of 1960
This problem can easily be fixed… by your wallets.

Quit purchasing the product. Completion times are not being met, nor is care being taken with queries on repair times.

If you love a hassle then by all means go for it.

I was going to go back and re-read this entire thread… until I noticed the creation date. This Thursday the thread will be 8 months old. 8 months. And this problem was going on long before that based on the individuals who have come out of the woodwork with similar tales.

I’ll relate a little story from my restaurant years. I had a guy who was evening shift who was great. Never had any discrepancies with the front drawer and he was fast enough to run the front by himself. Great guy too. What was the problem? He could never make it in on time. He was constantly 30 minutes to an hour late, and at 5-6pm that kills you in the restaurant business. All 3 of us (managers) talked to him on numerous occasions about his tardiness and it would not be tolerated. He would always apologize, have an excuse, and would promise to do better. He would straighten up for 2 or 3 weeks, but then the cycle would start again. He came in late on my shift and so the next morning I came in and sat down with the other 2 managers to discuss what we would do. We decided that since it happened on my shift I would be the one to let him go… with the other 2 managers in attendance. He came in on time that night and we told him that was it.

Did I find anyone to replace him? Yes. It didn’t need to come to that had he held up his end. It’s a pain in the ass to have to train someone coming in fresh, but we decided that as good as he was, and as nice as he was, it was just not worth the hassle having to deal with his issues of time management.

So that’s why I say… fix this problem with your wallet. As good as they sound, and as nice as the builder is…

It’s not worth the hassle.
post #722 of 1960
How is my wallet going to easily fix my issue?
post #723 of 1960
I guess I should add until everyone gets back their electronics.
post #724 of 1960
Ah.. yeah that kind of thing is difficult to orchestrate. Especially when its tough to say how big of a market head-fi is. Probably a significant chunk, but significant enough? Also getting people to agree not to buy from him is going to be a challenge as well. I mean that thread's been around for 8 months like you've said and its pretty doubtful that no new orders from head-fiers have happened since the thread's creation to now.

I wish there was a simple solution and I'd welcome one if there is one. I think Mikhail is trying to improve... but fast enough for my tastes? Maybe it could be a bit faster
post #725 of 1960
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Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
How is my wallet going to easily fix my issue?
At this point, I don't think it can. The way he's been treating you is deplorable, and I'd be through the roof if I were you.

I think what the poster was getting at is that people are still sending this guy money even with full knowledge of the hell he puts people through. They hope against hope that Mikhail is going to come through for them, that they are going to be the exception. Then they get screwed in front of half the reader base of Head-Fi. Most people take notice, but someone thinks they will be the exception, sends Mikhail thousands of dollars, and gets screwed. Rinse, lather, repeat.

Being a full-time member of the "Willing to Spend Crazy Amounts of Money to Get the Best" club, I understand the desire... scratch that, the need, to have the best. And I wouldn't give this guy a dime of my money. I want that last 1%, but I recognize that the last 1% is all it is. A SinglePower amp isn't going to give 50% better results than the next amp down the line. If it did, maybe it would be worth it. I'd honestly rather spend $20k on a 9.9/10 amp that I got right away than $5k on a 10/10 amp that for which I have to wait indefinitely.

Just my 2 cents.
post #726 of 1960
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Originally Posted by archosman View Post
This problem can easily be fixed… by your wallets.

Quit purchasing the product...

... So that’s why I say… fix this problem with your wallet. As good as they sound, and as nice as the builder is…

It’s not worth the hassle.
Oh my...

That sounds entirely "too logical, and too judgmental"... even... "too capitalistic." In this "new era of "change"... everyone must be a "winner" - above all "we must have no losers!" "We must protect their self-esteem you know."

"Death to free markets and capitalism!"
post #727 of 1960
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Originally Posted by earwicker7 View Post
At this point, I don't think it can. The way he's been treating you is deplorable, and I'd be through the roof if I were you.

I think what the poster was getting at is that people are still sending this guy money even with full knowledge of the hell he puts people through. They hope against hope that Mikhail is going to come through for them, that they are going to be the exception. Then they get screwed in front of half the reader base of Head-Fi. Most people take notice, but someone thinks they will be the exception, sends Mikhail thousands of dollars, and gets screwed. Rinse, lather, repeat.

Being a full-time member of the "Willing to Spend Crazy Amounts of Money to Get the Best" club, I understand the desire... scratch that, the need, to have the best. And I wouldn't give this guy a dime of my money. I want that last 1%, but I recognize that the last 1% is all it is. A SinglePower amp isn't going to give 50% better results than the next amp down the line. If it did, maybe it would be worth it. I'd honestly rather spend $20k on a 9.9/10 amp that I got right away than $5k on a 10/10 amp that for which I have to wait indefinitely.

Just my 2 cents.
Well said, singlepower has been popular for a long time maybe even the single most popular company for high end amps here on head-fi, but at that price(5000) there are so many choices why risk it?
post #728 of 1960
5k? More like 10-50k. Less choices at that point.
post #729 of 1960
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Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
5k? More like 10-50k. Less choices at that point.
TTVJ/ MIllet 307a
Eddie Current BA
Blackie Pagano Duality
EAR

I am sure I left a few capable ones out as well
post #730 of 1960
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Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
...and my friend with a gigantor head snapped one of the two plastic supports on my Singlepower headband.

...but I would like the headband repaired and returned asap.

...Needless to say I don't have my repaired headband yet.
Sorry for the naiveté, but what is a Singlepower headband?
post #731 of 1960
Mikhail makes headbands to replace the fragile things on the qualias.
post #732 of 1960
Yeah I think Sleestack had the prototype which was priced at 1k and subsequent versions were like 1.5k. Apparently the whole thing has undergone a drastic revision so what it costs is beyond me!

I don't think its worth it myself, but then again all 3 sizes seems to work well with my head somehow so.. I'm not the appropriate audience. It just came with the pair of Qualias I bought :/
post #733 of 1960
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Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
Yeah I think Sleestack had the prototype which was priced at 1k and subsequent versions were like 1.5k. Apparently the whole thing has undergone a drastic revision so what it costs is beyond me!

I don't think its worth it myself, but then again all 3 sizes seems to work well with my head somehow so.. I'm not the appropriate audience. It just came with the pair of Qualias I bought :/
So does this effectively negate the "Don't buy the Qualias unless they've been personally fit to your head" issue? In other words, are they customized so that anyone can buy any Qualia and use it with the SinglePower headband? Or is this just an "upgraded" headband?
post #734 of 1960
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Originally Posted by earwicker7 View Post
So does this effectively negate the "Don't buy the Qualias unless they've been personally fit to your head" issue? In other words, are they customized so that anyone can buy any Qualia and use it with the SinglePower headband? Or is this just an "upgraded" headband?
IIRC the SP headband fits most heads, making it more versatile than the standard headbands....at a cost of $1500. Not sure if its worth it to most people. There is also an issue of when it would actually be delivered after order.
post #735 of 1960
Well I opened my delivery last night. The added jacks on the back look bad. The tubes are not the same that went back to him. I shipped back Bendix 2c51s and got back tungsols (one broke and one cracked).
The power supply is not even the same one that left. it looks like it was made by a four year old. its tin and copper and the sides can be pulled completely off. the transformer on top is used, beat up, and has a big dent in the top of it.
At this point I figure I am out $6K. Or i guess if it works and sounds good i have very $$$ bedside headphone amp I will never use.
I'm screwed either way.
I hope every one else does better at recovering there product or money than I have.
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