I read an interesting article from GearNews just a few minutes ago that I wanted to link here, as I think the author makes some good points on both sides of the fence for premium vs. affordably compromised vs. dirt cheap and cloned, and posits some good considerations for the reader to wonder about.
I wanted to share the link to it and get the thoughts of my peers here in the forum. Questions and considerations about value, competition, intellectual property, and reverse engineering, along with the ethics of cloning for a bargain against possible price inflation based on demand from wealthy users regarding manufacturers such as Sequential, Moog, Korg, Roland, and Behringer are examined in an article entitled “What is Your Synth Worth?”
I can certainly see both sides, and I’m honestly not sure where I fall in the spectrum. I don’t ever want to be a part of undercutting some poor small company who falls victim to intellectual property theft, but I also can’t afford to pay for a $5k synth from a giant instrument manufacturer with worldwide brand recognition and distribution, or pay the same or more for the original hardware from the 1970’s on Reverb.com.
As such, I will probably be buying the clone of the Mono/Poly when it finally gets to the release date. Let me know what you guys think of this debate and where you stand if you end up reading the article, as I am curious about everyone else’s opinions. Hope you are all having a great weekend!