Yup. Frankly a note and link should be at the very head of their website in big, bold, preferably flashing neon letters. Furthermore they should be sending an email to every single soul on their mailing list explaining the situation and apologizing profusely.It looks like you have to use the link above. It can't be found on the website. Sketchy once again
At least the customers received a functional product, fit for purpose?... excuses about ... bad decisions but has fallen way short of apologizing for defrauding his customers, ripping them off and outright lying. Really inexcusable behavior.
Not to tempt the ban hammer, but there's this (or the Vertex re-labeled wah, or a dozen other "relabeling offshore factory product as boutique ______ scams"), and then there's FTX & Sam Bankman-Fried (Bankrun-Fraud?) How much profit is there in fake PIO caps? Probably not billions?The real proof of his insincerity is the total lack of any notice posted to the company Website. If it was a truly 'honest' (whatever that means) mistake brought on by layoffs, plagues, and locusts of Biblical proportion, they would post a very prominent notice on their Website to make all customers aware...
The recent interviews with SBF have made me laugh so, so hard. https://www.wsj.com/articles/sam-bankman-fried-chucks-the-crisis-communications-playbook-11670012155This company's owner and his "manager" should like teach a course on how not to respond to a public scandal.
I always liked the quality of their moderately overpriced Tele loaded control plates. Should I cut open the Orange Drops that came with them?? I doubt I will do business with them again, but mostly because I make control plates just as nice now for less $$. But I will have to believe the suppliers of my components. "Trust but verify."The owner of 920D has posted a few responses over on TGP, with excuses about supply chains and bad decisions but has fallen way short of apologizing for defrauding his customers, ripping them off and outright lying. Really inexcusable behavior. A POS for actively making and selling fake PIOs.
I can see the 2050 Ebay listing now:These have a whole new level of collectible mojo now... are they still selling them? As long as it sounds the same, would you rather have any old cap in your guitar, or a real, legit, evil piece of history!
It’s possible to do without much tools. I did a PIO cap as an experiment once, with paper, oil, aluminium foil and shrink wrap. It worked. But it was 327% off from the target value.Real talk, how hard is it to wind your own caps? Is this within the purview of a hobbyist, or do I need a $750k machine? Because if I can get started with one of those Chinese "Minila Thes" and some zinc foil, then look out, I'm selling "real" $30 tone caps all day. (Real in the sense that I'll make them out of zinc and paper and oil, instead of writing PIO on some shrink wrap. Not real in the sense of "really worth $30" (apart from the fact that you'd be buying a genuine Made In America Toan cap and supporting a genuine Made In America small business))
The only downside I see is that the actual capacitors I'm going to be capable of making are going to have way, way worse QC that the fake real polyester ones. Maybe that's going to be part of my marketing, do you want a "Soft" 22nF (measures 15) or a "Hard" 47nF (measures 75). That might be the other hurdle for me, convincing myself to put the hard sell on a product/concept I don't actually believe in. On the other hand, people do a lot worse in the name of Mammon every day...
I'm talking myself into this right now.
They were literally banking on the fact that no customer was going to take an X-Acto knife to a $30 capacitator.
This is the real takeaway here. NO ONE could tell the difference by listening to them, they had to SEE it to realize they'd been scammed.Very telling to me that it took the literal disassembly of one of these to be able to tell the difference.
If someone wants to spend $100 on brand X snake oil, give them brand X snake oil, not something else. It’s really that simple.It's just so funny, and for so many reasons.
A hundred years ago paper capacitors were used in high voltage circuits. The paper dielectric was impregnated with oil, or more commonly wax to prevent flashover. They were terrible things, and about as durable as a mayfly's lunch.
For what it's worth, the PIO thing is strictly a guitar world construct. The only group that is possibly as gullible are the audiophiles. Despite, perhaps, trillions of words written on the subject, there is still a faction who believe that these awful things have magical properties. This feeds an industry that is determined to satisfy these guys.
And to think these crooks are... crooks. How dare they! Don't they know that we take our mythology seriously? My fake stuff is fake, I'm incensed! Somebody has to pay for my mistakes, and it's not going to be me, no sir!
Grow up, folks. Making an honest buck is hard enough. Spending hard earned money on this kind of nonsense is exactly the reason these guys are in business. They can repackage a ten cent capacitor and sell it for thirty bucks simply because there's a market for this fraudulent stuff, and they do it without any shame. It's a market driven solely by people who will defend their purchase beyond any reason.
Does this make any sense to anyone?