StillNotWorking wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:04 am
There is that elephant in the room though. Made in USA (or whatever country) doesn't not always mean what most people think it does. For instance according to a youtube factory tour at EHX effect we learn pedals are assembled in US by friendly Mexicans using ready made PCB's and enclosures manufactured overseas.
In the early 2000s, contract manufacturing wasn't quite as prominent as it is today, to be honest, nor was there the massive reliance on China that we have today (a reliance which COVID-19 should make many businesses rightly question in the future.)
Even now, in an article on Morley
(who owns Ebtech), it does seem that they appear to have some surface mount manufacturing equipment in their Glendale Heights manufacturing office -- from my perspective there's a reasonable chance that their circuit boards are assembled and tested in the USA, in-house. The PCB is probably outsourced somewhere, however, there are US PCB manufacturers (including Chicago area ones) so you really can't assume this was done in China, either. Of course, some parts are of Asian origin because there's no getting around that.
Maybe Ebtech did outsource the PCB to China and someone ripped them off there, but that's very speculative IMHO. However, the Behringer board is a pretty clear copy-paste sort of rip off, with some features that IMHO Behringer normally would not have included given what I would see its typical market being (how many people own TT cables unless you have a pro studio with a TT patch bay?). Behringer was *well known* for copying actually active products in the early to mid 2000s and the copying extended beyond a cable tester (BBE, dbx, Drawmer, Roland, Aphex, and Peavey have also sued Behringer for copying shenanigans).
However... they have not really done stuff *this* blatant in recent years (at least not that I'm aware of, though that Fischer Amps deal seems suspiciously like their old habits). Cloning obsolete circuits to make cheap analog synths that were long "out of print" is not really in the same sort of territory. Some of the dickish spirit seems to remain in that company, unfortunately, hence their somewhat dickish appropriations of open source designs and their trollish online behavior. But from my perspective there's nothing wrong with making a cheap Minimoog in itself.