Thanks for acknowledging my attempts at civility. I have a personal philosophy to debate like I would in person. I'm an educated grown-up, so why resort to kindergarten-like personal insults. There's plenty of that shit on social media already.I get it. Businesses are supposed to be run by circus monkeys who's only job is to ask how high... But there are quite a few out there who don't see it that way. You can't control what people say, so easier to just let everything fall where it's supposed to. If everyone believes they're stock 3U capsules, that might even increase sales. Lost on some is that they're not much cheaper.
Not sure what counts as proof either as this isn't a 25yr+ old company like Josephson with expanded facilities, but here's assembly pictures of a K87 type capsule. Might be the only full set posted on the web. Taken today. Every step except for the tensioning/tuning of the diaphragm is included:
That's the unglorious it. Art of skinning in less than 20 pictures. Guess it would have looked more exciting through a DSLR...
Maiku also does installs for clients, reskins of vintage capsules, and vintage mic restorations. A few members on this forum have used those services already... My involvement is with the parts supply side (NOS tubes, 3rd party capsules/transformers, custom plastic and metal parts etc). Not involved with the online capsule shop.
Thanks for being civil and the only one who understood the name
I agree that you shouldn't do everything some internet warrior tells you to do, just to prove that you're for real. I'm glad you still responded to this, so thanks for clarifying your relationship to Maiku once and for all. Hopefully it can dispel any rumors so that gossip doesn't spread like a wildfire. Think of all the passive visitors/on-lookers who, perhaps, goes to another forum and "reports" about what they've read here.
I'm sounding like a broken record here, but when you have such a small market as the DIY market with, as I said, critical costumers. Some go all-in and buy the handmade capsules, some, like me, are hobbyists who can't - and doesn't want to - spend excess dough and therefore a looking at the ultimate bang for the buck. Maiku fortunately already has that reputation - I saw a post over on Gearspace with a glowing recommendation.
BUT... What I meant by posting the Josephson site and the Soyuz video - I know it's overkill because they are on a completely different level in expertise and facility-wise - is that documentation is important. Why? Because you can verify your credibility and state your purpose.
In that regard, I think GeorgeToledo up above has a point: Why reskin a Far East capsule? I think already know the answer - because it's the hardest part to get right when manufacturing the capsules, right? A lot of costumers don't.
I know you're already writing: "This approach allows us to offer boutique style performance at a competitive price." But it says nothing about why your skinning technique is better than the original, as George points out.
It could be something like:
"We reskin the capsules because it's the hardest part to get right when manufacturing and tuning the capsules. While Far East production has become great at manufacturing capsules with regards to price-to-quality ratio, they can benefit greatly from more attention to detail subsequently from a skilled capsule craftman. We use [THIS AND THIS JIG] and our [HOW MANY YEARS] of experience of reskinning and restoring vintage microphones and capsules to finely tune the capsules, allowing us to offer boutique style performance at a competitive price. From our own and our costumers' experience it results in capsules that are more well-rounded in the frequency response."
[show frequency response graph, if possible]
[links to sound clips demonstrating before and after]
[insert customer statement here about the quality of the capsule]
...and then put it all at the top of the front page, instead of hiding it in a FAQ that some might not read.
Combine that with an "About us" page introducing you and Maiku him-/herself, and you have more credibility than you'll ever need.
This is also not just about credibility. There's another element to this: storytelling. It's such a clichéd word in marketing - but it is so because it's true. Consumers today are suckers for products with a story (think of the Soyuz video with the "Soviet weapons machinist" guy). It gives them something to tell friends and others when recommending the capsules through word-of-mouth.
I hope my advice can prove useful to you. I'm damaged from working with marketing and communication, as you can see, haha.
Anyways, your forthcomingness have brought me back on track towards buying Maiku capsules. I also look forward to the next batch of KM84 kits I'm thankful I can get 3 all-important capsules of boutique quality for the same price I can buy a single entry-level tube mic. So keep up the good work.