When you have decided to buy a new piece of gear for your set up you begin to realise all the options available. Do you want to spend as little money as possible, in which case you just go to Thomann and sort by price (or to your local music shop if the shipping negates your savings); or is it that you have a big budget and only want the finest audiophile gear, if so MCRU is the place for you.
At Moondot music we are trying to provide a happy medium, where you will be satisfied with both the quality and price and when you buy from us you are funding the research needed to bring you more products that are high quality and good value
Over the years we have been researching parts manufacturers finding companies who making a real effort to provide high quality products at a reasonable price while maintaining sustainability and avoiding exploitative practices. Our research is ongoing and I can assume the best suppliers are hardest to find. (If you have any suggestions please let us know) We try to source most of our parts from companies like ABM in Germany, Sperzel in USA. The proof is in the pudding, the hardware these companies produce are to the standards we expect.
Outsourcing is bad economy, cheap labour is no excuse for shipping materials all over the world and the resulting low standards. Most outsourced parts are clearly inferior quality when compared to bridges and nuts machined from solid bell brass, accurately milled tuning gears and potentiometers and capacitors with tight tolerances. When you choose sustainability the rewards and benefits are numerous and far-reaching.
The companies that we like to source our hardware from have good information on what you might want to consider when choosing your hardware, have a look at their websites:
Some other useful links:
- Ed Roman had some interesting insights, check out his rants.
- Stewart-MacDonnald has some great tips for guitar and stringed instrument maintenance.
- MCRU (music cables r us) is worth checking out to see some serious audiophile stuff.
- Reverb is a good resource and we have our very own Moondot Music Reverb shop.
- Here some very detailed articles analysing the physics of the electric guitar, might be of interest.