Originally Posted by earwicker7
Who else does this? I've never heard of this happening; when I've had upgrades, the person tells me "I'm going to do x,y and z, and it's going to cost A. Is that alright with you?" They don't throw stuff together without your permission and then threaten to take the stuff off if you don't like the price.
This just gives more credence to the fact that Mikhail acts like a full on scam artist.
People can flame away, but Mikhail is more like an artist than a scammer. A lot of Mikhail's problems stem from this very characteristic of being inspired and creative and unable to think like a businessman.
I have been through this drill with him and it can be frustrating, but people not willing to go along for the ride should say so up front. If Dan had told Mikhail to limit his repair and upgrade to X and Y and nothing else, then this would not have happened. What Dan did, and I did, and others on the high-end custom side of his business have done, was to be less than exact on the approved project and then to go along to some extent with his flights of fancy on improvements, experiments, etc. In my case, he went WAY farther than discussed and put in lots of time and money that I refused to pay for in total. We worked it out, and I have a beautiful amp as a result.
This observation is neither a claim that all people with custom orders have acted in this manner, nor an excuse for Mikhail's conduct. I just think all of this "fraud" "scam" "theft" "illegal activity" talk is misplaced based upon knowing and dealing with Mikhail for the last 3+ years.