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post #76 of 1953
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Are you waiting for something like this?


Well, it's got the right model name, but only $1200? I'd need to know what's under the hood, and what if anything could be done to make that toaster look a bit cooler looking
post #77 of 1953
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Originally Posted by wharfrat1 View Post
This is the mail reason why I did not get an SP amp when I decided to upgrade from my LD MKIII. I wanted to get an extreme with some upgrades, but there was no way if I was going to spend $1500+ that I was going to wait 4+ months to get my amp. I am not a very patient person to begin with, and for that kind of money, I shouldn't have to wait. I can only imagine how someone who's spending 2-3X that much feels about the wait.

I decided to go with RSA and Woo Audio. Their products have the reputation of sounding great, and I don't think you will find two vendors with a better customer service reputation. I can say after dealing with both and deciding to keep products from both, I have not been disappointed one bit with sq or service. In fact, they are even better than I anticipated.

I have no doubt, especially with the following here, that the SP amps are incredible. I have no doubt that Mikhail is a great guy that is incredibly passionate about what he does. Maybe someday, I'll get a chance to own one of his excellent products. In reality, until he gets his business side squared away, he will keep losing people like me to other vendors.

You should have bought used. 1500.00 would buy you alot of SP amp on the used market.
post #78 of 1953
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Originally Posted by Beav View Post


Well, it's got the right model name, but only $1200? I'd need to know what's under the hood, and what if anything could be done to make that toaster look a bit cooler looking

The toaster amps are absolutely stunning sounding. Looks like that amp

has the high voltage output. Probably alot like Purks SDS toaster that I owned before him. That amp is a steal at that price.
post #79 of 1953
Yah im surprised no one bought it yet. I guess many just aren't into the whole toaster look
post #80 of 1953
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Originally Posted by blubliss View Post
Yeah, I got Mikhail's personal ES-2. I was not going to wait again like i did for the SDS-XLR.

On the NWO, someone backed out so i got lucky. Still have to send it back to get the WiFi board installed.
I remember a few years ago when I got my 3910 from Alex he was going through similar issues. The man is a genius but a terible business man. Finally he got someone to run the business end and he concentrated on the production. Now they are lining up for 40 and 50k cd players. Maybe Mikhail could benefit from this lesson.

I also remember this problem drove Alex to sickness, it got so bad. I am glad I bought my SP near new from Head-Fier. I only hope it does not need repair any time soon.
post #81 of 1953
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I'll keep ya'll posted if I do in fact received (on his word) my amp by either Today or Tomorrow. Mikhail said that if don't get it, he'll jump on a plane and bring it to me. Didn't say when he'd jump on a plane though! Maybe it wants to visit I hope it arrives.

Regarding Alex -- yes their business has been picking up so much better since Brent joined forces with APL. Investors and designers should stick to inventing and designing, not speaking to customers, etc...

The two roles should and almost always do, remain exclusive.

Neil
post #82 of 1953
Where is fixup? Where is Xin?!

<-----how I'm feeling right now.
post #83 of 1953
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Where is fixup? Where is Xin?!

<-----how I'm feeling right now.
Here... ?
Xin Feng Company
post #84 of 1953
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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
Regarding Alex -- yes their business has been picking up so much better since Brent joined forces with APL. Investors and designers should stick to inventing and designing, not speaking to customers, etc...

The two roles should and almost always do, remain exclusive.

Neil
I tried to get Mikhail to talk with Brent. He definitely needs a front man. Mikhail says he wants to change his business but has done nothing concrete. Maybe this thread will push him to change.

I really like him but his business model is pathetic. If someone else made amps in the same league, they would have my business.
post #85 of 1953
I also agree that Mikhail needs someone to on the business portion, but I'm not sure that Brent Rainwater is that person. From what I've seen from APL, even after Brent came on, the wait times are still fairly drawn out and communication near non existant. I know people who own and others who have inquired about APL products to both Alex and Brent and while Brent is a tad better, it's still fairly hard to get replies from the both of them.
post #86 of 1953
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I also agree that Mikhail needs someone to on the business portion, but I'm not sure that Brent Rainwater is that person. From what I've seen from APL, even after Brent came on, the wait times are still fairly drawn out and communication near non existant. I know people who own and others who have inquired about APL products to both Alex and Brent and while Brent is a tad better, it's still fairly hard to get replies from the both of them.
It's not about long wait times per se. It's about consistency and sticking to a given date. If I know I have to wait 6 months, then fine. I know what I'm getting into. It's the promises and missed expectations that is very disappointing. I have little trouble getting a hold of Alex or Brent when I need to, and what Brent has done, is allowed Alex to stay true, to the most part, to his deadlines - and when he doesn't, we all hear about it. It has also taken pressure off of Alex since, regardless of how long we still have to wait, the job functions of the two individuals are clearly delineated, and thus, greater efficiency.

Neil
post #87 of 1953
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Originally Posted by PFKMan23 View Post
I also agree that Mikhail needs someone to on the business portion, but I'm not sure that Brent Rainwater is that person. From what I've seen from APL, even after Brent came on, the wait times are still fairly drawn out and communication near non existant. I know people who own and others who have inquired about APL products to both Alex and Brent and while Brent is a tad better, it's still fairly hard to get replies from the both of them.
Definitely true. I think Alex still takes machines on his own, which I know frustrates Brent a lot. Brent has been great with me but i got lucky and the machine was available right away. He even helped me sell my EMM stack.

Brent says that he would like to start a process of having appointments and one machine at a time with Alex. That might work? I am not looking forward to sending my player back. I think i will have to get an interim source.

IMO, Mikhail needs to limit his creativity a bit. His constant development and one-off creations are definitely not helping the flow.
post #88 of 1953
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Definitely true. I think Alex still takes machines on his own, which I know frustrates Brent a lot. Brent has been great with me but i got lucky and the machine was available right away. He even helped me sell my EMM stack.

Brent says that he would like to start a process of having appointments and one machine at a time with Alex. That might work? I am not looking forward to sending my player back. I think i will have to get an interim source.

IMO, Mikhail needs to limit his creativity a bit. His constant development and one-off creations are definitely not helping the flow.
What I do when I want mods to my NWO (or got it fixed) was to physically bring it to Alex on an agreed upon date, and then just hang out with him and in the area for a few hours. In terms of the WIFI, not sure how long it takes, but I don't think its even a full day affair.

Neil
post #89 of 1953
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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
It's not about long wait times per se. It's about consistency and sticking to a given date. If I know I have to wait 6 months, then fine. I know what I'm getting into. It's the promises and missed expectations that is very disappointing.

Neil
This is what infuriates me. I can handle waiting. It is the constant missed promises that are ridiculous. Don't promise if you can't deliver! I can not count the number of missed deadlines i had to endure. I am still waiting for an Enigma to power the active shielding on my cables. This has been "shipping this week" for several months now.
post #90 of 1953
Well, I'm waiting for my delivery myself. I sent my HE90 to get more spacers installed to take more voltage swing. Still have yet to recieve it. He promise to ship it to me today. Tom Hankins is also has been waiting for his amp.

I think what Mikhail really need is someone to handle packing and shiping the packages for him. I wonder if he has to pack and ship everything himself.
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