Larry clearly takes pride in his work, builds a nice amp, and puts plenty of personal time into each one. Just 2 each month? That's labor intensive. He can charge whatever he thinks his time and expertise is worth. Wasn't Howard Dumble charging thousands for phone time?
I have a tough time getting a feel for an amp from clips, and would love to hear one live, so I'll just have to wait for one of you rich fuckers who lives near me to buy one. I don't see one just showing up at Apple Music.
+1 on your opinion. i greatly respect it and you are nothing but 100% right.
but there are a few things tone wise that can be had from soundclips and recordings. however eleusive they may be, the herbert was the first instance for me that i heard the same exact negatives live (in the tone itself, not the mixing) as i did on recording with more than one model. it depends on how the people are setting it up i guess, but the clips and the live tone didnt lie. the live tone not cutting through at all was a negative variable that you wouldnt know unless you were there - certainly one thing you wouldnt know from a soundclip.
also how the amplifier responds in touch, feel/give , low end resonance, EQ sensativity, etc are variables you wouldnt know unless you could tweak it yourself.
however the tone that comes out will be more of the amplifier, than the player regardless. this is where i see soundclips as beneficial
as for the quality that larry builds at, you are 100% right in the fact that the variables he deals with are much more minute' than a simple soundclip. but a soundclip can tell you alot about an amplifiers tone if you allow it. it just depends on how you pick it apart, and how good your speakers are.
i doubt ill ever have enough cash for one, but it would be an amplifier i would HAVE to experience at least once. if it leaves me jaw dropped, i would consider it easily. again i also believe larry is extremely talented and the gut shots show it. theres no way i could build an amplifier the way he does!!!!!
but i could at least try