Anthon said:I was wondering if any people around here sell their DIY regularly, and what your experiences are.
I'm lucky enough to have a big place that I'm allowed to use as a workshop in a remote location. I collected plenty of tools over the years I've been doing DIY.
I started selling guitar cabinets a year ago online, and on average I manage to sell couple of them each month for a fair price. Currently I only do 50s tweed fender style cabs. I also sell DIY amplifier component kits with my cabs.
Tried selling finished point-to-point amps, sold a number of these, but it's just too much work.
And most people interested are cheap-asses, anв refuse to give a fair price.
People who buy cabs are more generous (DIY folks) - because probably they realize how much works goes into making things with your hands.
I think selling your work is great because:
- at this point I returned everything I invested in DIY over the years.
- the quality of my DIY projects has increased dramatically.
- I can practice doing DIY and earn in the process, buy better tools.
- helping others building their projects feels good.
So that's why I would like to expand in DIY.
On my to-do-list (will keep me busy for the next 2-4 years probably):
- make other types of cabs, flight-cases, modular synth cabs etc to attract more clients.
- building a big CNC to make woodwork less time consuming. Probably another small one for aluminum and another for laser engraving and cutting.
- learn how to make metal chassis, engraved panels, silk screens etc
- developing DIY kits (guitar amps, synthesizers modules, pedals, pro studio gear).
- eventually even winding my own power/output transformers.
- opening a DIY web shop (based in Europe).
go Anthon! work it, dude ;-)
I sell just about everything i make, unless i luv it. But I want to be an artist 1st and foremost. I luv electronics with all my heart, but the thought of trying to do it any other way than organically and small scale is not interesting to me anymore as it perhaps once was in the very beginning.
Right now I am trying to rig up a robot to move and simulate playing a piano, with some fun 555 led stuff and simple movements at the waist and arms (I'm hacking an old 90's large toy robot). This is what I love. However, I am so grateful for the people that make chassis and cabs, bless you. I love musical instrument tube amps so much.