Truth! After (too many) years of playing and going 'round the MI the only conclusion that I can draw is that good gear is "good gear". There's no other general rules with regards to manufacturing techniques, magic parts or pixie farts. If manufacturing is shoddy it will show and the brand will suffer. Some of the best and most used gear over the years has covered the gamut between big-industrial-factory (ex: BOSS) to small-hand-made (ex: AnalogMan).