As someone who knows absolutely nothing about electronic designs other than how to solder a component where I'm told to, what all goes into designing the gear we use? With all the makers out there it seems that the designs are near endless, which is intriguing to me. That someone can create something (relatively) unique and completely their own and then share it with us all. I also notice how some people can create such great designs but have no desire to actually build and sell them.
So part one- Why don't more people design amplifiers and other gear? I see so many people with great knowledge on the inner workings of the amps, so it seems like there's something that separates the DIYer from the designer. Is it simply lack of will/time/desire? Or is it more like weekend warrior musicians vs world-class performers in that there's a level of skill/creativity that you just have or don't?
Part two- For those who can design a nice piece of gear but don't go into production as business, is it because they are in it purely for the fun and don't want to make it work, or because the chances of creating a successful business extremely unlikely?
Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on these questions!