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The audiophile ethos is that old is better than new, and that homemade is better than mass produced. Now, these things might be true in some cases, but there’s no thought process there. That’s a big problem. There can be no room for the arbitrary in your buying decisions.

There’s a brand that’s really common in Australia called Behringer. They manufacture clones of other brand’s musical equipment, and since they don’t need a R&D department they have some REALLY competitive pricing. Compare the price of a OD100 to a Ibanez TS7, or a VD1 Vintage Distortion to a Big Muff Pi. They give their gear away.

Now, I’m not speaking towards their professional ethics or anything like that, but what we’ve seen lately is a snobby, anti-Behringer movement spawned on the internet which regards their equipment as dried goat turds with circuitry etched into them. Guys, NO. They have some crappy equipment, but also some equipment that sounds identical to what they’re cloning. Don’t talk smack about Behringer just because their pedals are made of plastic.

An even worse group of people are the tube amp purists. I can’t stand tubes. They break, they’re temperamental, and transistor-based equipment gives you far more options now and digital equipment more options still. There’s a guitar rackmount emulation system now called the Axe-FX that sounds crazy. But the general sentiment among tube fans is “never use a computer to do a real amp’s work.”

I will never know where this attitude comes from or how we as a species can get rid of it.