Industry lurkers on TGP

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  1. jaywalker

    jaywalker Member

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    Has anyone ever thought that there may be a few industry lurkers hanging around here!
    It stands to reason I suppose, compared to HC and other teenage tripe this forum really is ther best in the world (in English at least)
    Most of the people I know who work in music shops lurk regularly (I'm often asked to translate specific threads), so it stands to reason that maybe even the big manufacturers (BOSS, digitech etc) might be reading too.
    Certainly cheaper than market research.
    I suppose we should be carefull with new ideas in that case.....

    Anyone want to own up????:)

    I'm clean! no affiliations (I do have a couple of no-name endorsements though but only locally)

    It's funny how two major league players have now introduced new lines of pedals that feature the most common themes in TGP threads - true bypass, transparency etc (namely digitech and Danelectro), and when googling key words something like 80 percent of the non-retail based matches feature TGP!!!


    I percieve this as a good thing, I would have given my left tadger 15 years ago to be able to chat with specialists and makers in this way.

    Long live TGP.:BEER
     
  2. Kappy

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    What if some of the lurkers are posting too, but not really revealing their bias? I know, it's impossible. ;) But think if it were so!
     
  3. jaywalker

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    There are no rules against that though are there???
    I was thinking more in terms of the possitives this could bring, I can't imagining becoming a member of every single manufacturers' forum, the passwords alone would be enough to fill my diary.

    It would be nice to know who is who though. But not for the wrong reasons.
     
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    I would honestly be surprised if the majors, like Boss, Digitech, Line6 etc lurk here. We simply are not the demographic of people that they are aiming their products for.
    However, I'm sure virtually all "boutique" (whatever that really is) and smaller manufacturers lurk here. This is probably the globally most important forum for sharing info on these types of products. They would be foolish not to be aware of what is said here. In fact I would like to see more makers posting. I'm sure it does Zvex, Dave Barber, Jim Seavall, Doug Rocca etc etc no harm at all to be seen informing and helping folks become more informed about their products on these pages. All those guys act in a very responsible non-salesman like way too. I really like hearing straight from the horse's mouth, as it were. There's often so much BS spouted about some products, when people simply don't know the objective truth.
     
  5. tonefreak

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    They lurk... any company that analyzes web traffic and search engine (Google) statistics will know that a good amount of traffic is generated to company web sites via TGP.
     
  6. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm sure they are over at FDP, where they have a "staggering" 60k members. Oh, that number is totally accurate.
     
  7. Kappy

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    Actually there are, but they're probably difficult to enforce. Anyway, I've been trying to think about it when someone disparages some company or has glowing reviews about a certain product -- how much of it is really a good, fair opinion, how much of it is real experience, how much is just brainwashing or someone acting as a shill for the company (or a competitor). You might think of it as being negative, I think of it more as pragmatic analytical thinking.
     
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    I will only say that this exists in every industry. I know because I used to gorilla market for a major company before I started building stuff. It is probably more prevalent than people realize. Looking at IPs won't work... there are ways around it.
     
  9. Uma Floresta

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    I'd imagine they'd get that from HC - moreso than TGP. They're just as anal about true bypass at HC, and they're less inclinded to poo poo mass produced stuff. Not to mention there are a lot more members over there.
     
  10. jaywalker

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    I run a similar forum (not in English unfortunately) where I invite manufacturers to take part in Q & A sessions online, it's really usefull and helps not only mass producers, but also local builders to get their message accross.

    would be cool if TGP could schedule something like that.

    Hard to do if the lurkers are anonymous though.
     

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