How badly is this downturn going to affect the Boutique amp market?

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  1. JoeB63

    JoeB63 Supporting Member

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    My guess? Pretty badly.

    Who's buying a new $2,000 or $3,000 amp this week?

    Who's buying a used $1,500 amp in the emporium this week?

    Not me.

    What'ya think will happen? Will we lose some full-time amp builders, while the part-timers get by via their day jobs?
     
  2. analogmike

    analogmike Gold Supporting Member

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    this will allow the builders to get caught up with orders, that's for sure.
     
  3. traviswalk

    traviswalk In the Great State Gold Supporting Member

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    I think it has to, I know that I won't be adding to the arsenal any time soon. And if I do it will becase of winning with a low ball bid!
     
  4. RockStarNick

    RockStarNick Supporting Member

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    Pretty good positive outlook on it, Mike!
     
  5. studiodunn

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    Unfortunately, How many people now can't pay for those amps!?!?
     
  6. Curly

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    it's "back to basics" time ...

    some of us will sound like Navin Johnson in The Jerk:

    And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything except this.
    [picks up an ashtray]
    And that's it and that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one - I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair..............
     
  7. XKnight

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    I'm not buying any amps this week, but it has nothing to do with the economy. I went through a bunch of amps in the last year and am now content and happy with my tone. The same thing pretty much holds true for guitars and pedals. Although I'm always looking for another great guitar at an unbeatable price.

    I think inevitably there will be a lot of small companies that go under over the next year. Hopefully, it won't be the companies we know and love.
     
  8. mrface2112

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    I'd say this is a great time to buy!


    cheers,
    wade
     
  9. Fred McMurray

    Fred McMurray Member

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    FWIW, it was during the last downturn that I picked up most of my boutique gear...but everything was used, as people were purging thier guitar and amp collections. This probably will not be a good time for the builders, that's fer sure.
     
  10. jerrydyer

    jerrydyer Member

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    then again some people discount in times like these.
     
  11. Flux

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    My guess is that the guys that can afford (or build) boutique amps will be less effected than the guys who can't afford (or build) boutique amps.
     

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