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jimbryan

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Custom Stands
« on: February 24, 2018, 03:34:19 AM »
Hi.
Hope this is ok to post.
Looking for feedback on a new venture.
I have recently started making headphone stands from solid woods.
My first 3 were generic guitar (bass) shapes  but am also wondering
whether there would be a market for custom shapes and different exotic woods.
Thoughts please.
Jim
P.s I have attached a jpeg of my first 3.

cozmik_cowboy

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2018, 04:51:42 AM »
My cans hang on the edge of my desk, which has stretched the headband slightly; if the price were reasonable, I'd buy this in a second!

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pauldo

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2018, 06:07:55 AM »
Very cool, and probably marketable.

I got a decent pair of Koss that are right now sitting on the floor next to a computer!  They are TD 80's that were replacements for their TD 75's (which are now obsolete).  They have a lifetime warranty so I may never buy another set of headphones...

Point is, serious audiophiles can drop some major coin on headphones and why wouldn't they want a cool looking AND safe place to keep them when they aren't being used!
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jimbryan

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 08:15:45 AM »
Cozmik.
What would you consider a reasonable price?
Pauldo.
You are quite right about audiophiles.They spend a lot on Audio gear.
I have sold two stands this week to the Kimber Cable company who are a high end cable company.
Not sure whether I priced them right though.
It"s difficult to know what to charge as each stand is unique.
Thanks for your posts.

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 08:39:34 AM »
I would definitely buy one from you. I’ll buy one right now if you have one available.
Cool design! I’m a fan. Nice work.

jimbryan

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2018, 08:45:23 AM »
Hi Jwright.
Please email me at jmbry658@aol.com to discuss.
I have the two on the left available.

jwright9

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2018, 11:10:50 AM »
I think there definitely would be a market for custom shapes and custom woods.
However, I believe your bread and butter item would be a particular design that appeals to many and is affordable.
Once you have people's interest, you can likely steer them towards something custom.

If your customer is a producer or engineer for example, he/she may just want something generic. But if your customer is a bassist or guitarist with a favorite axe, then they may definitely want something custom.




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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2018, 12:27:56 PM »
Cozmik.
What would you consider a reasonable price?
That depends on what the exact product is - & how many fares I got in my cab that week  :P
What would you ask for the ones in the pic?


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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2018, 06:40:59 AM »
I like the idea. I agree with jwright9 about having a series of generic shapes that would appeal to a cross section of people. I don't think it has to be a blah rectangle just something that would appeal to people without a music background. Wood prices vary quite a bit by variety and current market so I think you would want to have either per piece pricing or tiers to cover common woods, not so common woods and rare woods. Along this same line I think the tiers would also need to cover construction complexity. In other words a stand with laminated hard maple and walnut might be in the middle tier due to construction although the woods would put it in the common wood pricing tiers. 

I'm not sure any of us can help very well with pricing as we don't know your costs. These would be the cost of materials, your time (construction and administration), shipping and shop (electricity, ROI on equipment, etc). If you are planning on turning this into any type of serious part time or full time business then you also have self employment taxes to think about. After all of this you will need to determine what type of profit margin you want on the product. Once these actions are complete you should be able to come up with a price of range of prices you need to not lose money. 




jimbryan

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2018, 02:41:01 AM »
Many thanks for your input guys.
Definitely food for thought.
Cost is a difficult one to work out.As you say Keith,many aspects to take into account. Shipping to the states from the UK costs
£25 per stand alone.
It is a niche product and is not likely to make me rich.However,this is something I could do to supplement my
bassplaying and also something that is fun to make.
It's a difficult one.

h82w8

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Re: Custom Stands
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2018, 08:55:08 PM »
Price it at 100 and lower it till they sell at a rate that you like.