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To those talking about wood color changes with time/UV exposure, etc.: If you look closely at the "additional photos" at the bottom of the page, the second one from the left actually shows some brown peeking through the mostly burgundy cup. I personally think that's kind of cool. Whereas the mahogany cups seem to have greater textural/granular variation, the purpleheart cups seem like they will have the greater color variation (at least with time). Dat character :)
On another note, I do think Massdrop should have held these drops, the last two X00 drops in particular, a lot closer to their ship dates (i.e. maybe this drop should have been in June/July); like they did the first X00 drop. I'm trying to understand why they held these drops so in advance of their ship dates since I believe the demand would have still been fairly high at that time. Maybe it's simply a case of locking in revenue sooner rather than later but it's kind of odd to me. My 2c.
I think it might have something to do with Fostex TH-610 which is rumoured to be released in Spring 2016. (with replaceable cable btw)
Isn't the explanation that purpleheart takes much longer to produce?
Ha I joke with my friends that they take the money and invest it in stocks. That's how they can get us such good prices!
If I could take your money now and make interest on it for 5 months (as well as use the results of these drops to help proof of concept to both lenders and other potential manufacturer partnerships), why would I choose to wait instead? There's risk in waiting for production, and whether we like it or not we the public are willing (and apparently even eager) to fund that risk.
Massdrop has basically taken a page from Kickstarter - except they don't even have to offer incentives to seduce the early adopters.
Will and the massdrop team are freaking amazing at creating demand out of thin air. It's very impressive from a business perspective.
@madwolfa. See, I get that. However, it's more a question of the timing of the drop. The first X00 drop was in Nov and because they pretty much had the stock at their warehouse, they fulfilled most shipping in December. The second mahogany drop was in early/mid Feb (I think) for a ship date of May. Why not just drop in April when stock is in and ship in May? Same thing with this purpleheart, why not drop in July and ship Aug? That's typically their turnaround time with even their "custom" drops (K7XX, m9XX, etc). Production can occur as usual, then they can drop much closer to ship date, not months in advance. And again I doubt they would have had much trouble generating the necessary demand to sell loads of these...or maybe they think they might...
I'm now thinking more along the lines of @Gyba. They know what's on the horizon (mainly the TH-610 w/ detachable cables) and maybe they're not sure how that will affect their sales. Granted I'm unsure of its eventual price, the TH-610 will likely have a steadier stream of stock and will be more widely available, thus saturating the market. So maybe MD is thinking why not secure the known sales now rather than the greater unknown of later. It's likely preemptive and also sounds like smart business. I agree with you @Verlandr from the business perspective. I was simply just curious and found the drop-ship gap odd. Props again to Will & MD for jump-starting/filling a demand for these in the market, and with a generally more budget-friendly philosophy to boot. Since they were the ones to kickstart this (pun unintended), I also believe they should be the ones to profit most. I am lucky to own an X00 from the first drop and I enjoy it very much. So well frickin' done.
Still, due to the long gap, watch a few folks in this drop consider the 610 and their sought-after detachable cables, if they release this Spring or Summer. But I'm guessing MD will time their third X00 mahogany drop round about that time, or sooner.
Totally agree with you! I've participated the last drop and while authorization PayPal charged the whole sum from my bank account but when the drop ended the money wasn't returned yet. PayPal held it for 30 days and I finally got it back but nothing in return.
I don't think I'll ever try to buy anything else at Massdrop.
Perhaps they are looking for demand. If I remember correctly, both later Mahogany drop and this drop, they start with 1000 units and then expanded to 2000 units. They probably aren't sure they could sell all 2000 of them the second time, so they let the demand decide how much they should produce.