EV RE-15 on acoustic guitar? Well Jim Croce did it that way! Aug 26, 2019 14:17:21 GMT -6
Post by johneppstein on Aug 26, 2019 14:17:21 GMT -6
Yeah, I don't have time to investigate right now, but I think I read that the original Buchanan site was polluted. A trusted dealer told me in an email that EV still makes some of its mics in the USA. I'd LOVE it if someone did testing between old EV20s and the new ones, along with 635a and the RE16. It would be really great if they held up against the vintage ones. Here's a pic of a current RE20 Box with the manufacturing origin.
Well, this would probably be good news if they still make the RE16, RE20, and 635A in the US. I haven't seen any indication of that, but I might have missed something. They've obviously moved (other) production to China because it's a LOT cheaper (which may be coming back to bite them in the current climate of tarriffs and trade wars); they also dropped prices on a lot of models and also slightly changed the model numbers of at least some of the mics made overseas. Sadly, in my somewhat limited experience with using a few of the Chinese versions in club PA applications, the quality appears to have take a BIG hit as well. When they were introduced the N/D series of vocal mics were about the only Neodymium live vocal mics that I actually liked - this is no longer really the case.
Why did they do this, besides the obvious? As I understand it, the ownership of EV changed hands again and the new management is obviously more interested in profits and boosting sales in the low end of the market than they are in manufacturing a quality product. It's pretty sad.
I don't understand why, if they wanted to continue any US production, they would want to move it from Buchanan Michigan. Michigan is such a depressed economy right now that they could probably manufacture products much more cheaply there than in most other parts of the US - moving makes no sense to me.
"Made in the USA of Domestic and Foreign Content"? HMmmm.... I wonder what they mean by that?
I'd really like to see some comparisons between the old and new product as well.
EDIT: The box states that EV is a subsidiary of Telex Corp. Telex is no longer an independent company - it was acquired by Bosch in 2006 and is now a unit of Bosch Communications Systems, which is headquartered in Germany. This probably sheds some light on why most of EV's manufacturing was moved offshore to China.