In a way though, and I am not trying to be contentious, these are boutique rigs in their own way.
The mainstream (if I dare say it) rigs do tend to be manufactured overseas.
Funny how these "boutique" rigs are all at the top of the Sherwood Engineering ranking for performance.
73, JP, K8AG
Exactly my point - American manufacturers have had to think outside the box to survive.
I recall when microcomputers were first developed and there was an explosion of different models, databus types and operating systems.
It was very hard for Japanese manufacturers to get a handhold in the market, which was dominated by U.S. inventors.
They tried all sorts of means to standardise the microcomputer, including suggesting certain databus types.
The problem for the Japanese manufacturers was that with the design landscape changing every week, they could
not gear up the production lines and gun out the product.
When IBM produced the IBM PC, you could almost hear the hurray (banzai) from Japanese manufacturers, as they
now had a "standardised" platform to gear up to produce.
This is not to take anything away from the Japanese, who are excellent engineers and deserve the success they have achieved.
Innovation is risky, and it is a peculiar facet of the American character that people will take a risk in business which many other cultures will not.
My brother in law set up in business by himself, and won contracts computerising some city police departments, chemical factories,
and Disney theme games. This was a one man operation, with contracted engineers as needed.
This would be very unlikely to happen in other countries, since the prevailing mindset is one of avoiding risk, and going with
large companies - the "safe" option.
This is why companies like Flex, Apple and too many others to mention, originated in the U.S.
And this is why the U.S., seemingly against the odds, still leads in technology.
Take enough risks, and you will eventually succeed.
73 - Rob