|borrowed from here|
once upon a time the Japanese were our enemies, then our rivals.
"they are great copyists, but they can't innovate".
they copied, but their copies were as good and sometimes better than the original.
this was the West's nightmare in the 70s.
now it's a great opportunity for those of us who no longer give a shit about old prejudices.
or perhaps they've just shifted to China, Sth Korea...
my brother-in-law sadly suffers from a serious illness known as GAS.
it's not terminal because he won't die from it, but he will die with it.
one of his greatest acquisitions has been a Burny Les Paul copy (similar to the above pic).
it's exact in every way, even down to the fact it says "Les Paul" on the headstock.
he says it's not as good, it's better than any Gibson Les Paul he's ever played, even US made.
and he's not the only one who thinks that way.
dura ace started out like this,
the poor, (relatively) cheap Jap imitation of Campagnolo.
but sometimes number two works harder than number one.
now Dura-Ace is the standard.
but I'm not interested in the new stuff.
going back to when DA was the upstart, that's the stuff I like.
when they were beating the Italians and French at their own game and no-one knew it yet.