duficity wrote:If this was really a cult, then Soundsmith would charge way more for its product than it does. Clearly they have more work than they can handle, but Peter is just not that type of businessman. There is an old saying, you can get it cheap, fast or good, pick any two. Peter goes for the first and last. cheap and good, but not fast. Others may be fast and good, but not cheap. Try getting a quote from Koetsu on what it cost to replace a stylus. Way more than what Peter charges. No cult here, just a lack of viable options.
Need to make one point clear : even if Soundsmith has a certain iconic status within its fan/customer base here, I'm certainly in no way suggesting that is intentional on Soundsmith's part, nor has any commercial influence, nor even encouraged or recognised. If it happens at all, IMO it's an anthropological thing that surrounds it, the OP prompted the point, and as I posted I could well simply be off on one, you can make your own mind up
gg383 wrote:Peter sounds like a very busy person, he probably would like a few students to teach his craft to. There will be fewer people to reach out to as we all get older, 'cuz nobody wants to take the time to do precision work anymore
If you check the following part of the webpage, i think you can see there seems some such structure in place. You can also see names and accountabilities of about a dozen people within the organisation, who might make good contacts in the event of necessity. http://www.sound-smith.com/history.htm
And hey, busy is good. Not only for the Company, but vinyl playback in general. Testimonies here about the products and outcomes are overwhelmingly positive, and as already posted I wish them every success. Our interest needs such things !