Over the last months I have encouraged him to take his time, add in any updates or discoveries that he came across and bill me. No need for per-approval, just have fun and do your best. I was 100% sincere and have many emails to back that up. At no time have I put pressure on Mike, just encouragement and an open check book. I am sure he will agree. At no time did I press him, at no time did I ever not offer to pay more for his labor as we learned these require more effort than we all thought at CarverFest 2011. There are many emails available to support this.
Make no mistake, the issue was never $$. (or was it?) I have not been on his back, sent maybe 5 emails sent since 2011.
As I understand Mike built on the amps and I suspect his work is excellent. He posted photos:
Through 3rd party, apparently Mike has long work days and has been in depression. If any one knows how hard long work days hit you, it is me. It is me! In my day it was a plus as it meant more money for my family. Depression is real. I have been there big time. I guess we all have bouts of that. Mike is a Marine and so WTF? Life is hard, then you die. All reading this (Marine or not) give an opinion.
I gave MIKE my CarverFest Amps and $1000 on his agreement to build them for me.
Many times and again this week offered to pay him whatever he thinks as fair.
Mike will not respond to my emails, PMs etc.
All I can surmise is WTF?
My guess now is --->
I paid a bundle to Toy/Bob for these kits.
I had to go to war (and pay more) with Alex to get the transformers I already paid for (thanks Angelo for making that right)
These might now be the most expensive amps one never heard.
No big deal. I live on my SS check and it arrives every month. I eat good, and my house is paid for. My truck is from 1995 and limits my travel radius, but I am a hermit so again - WTF? I am doing better than anyone I know.
As much as I hate to admit it, .... it looks like I have been played. As an old detective, that really hurts as my job was to understand people.
Mike puts himself up as an ex-Marine. I am an Army vet, my friends from those years have my complete trust as did Mike. I keep asking myself - WTF? What the fuck did I do wrong here? Makes me want Mike to post his discharge papers to see if he is real.
There are always two sides to a coin. This post is mine.
Mike post your side.
I encourage all to email, PM, call, or WTF to get Mike to tell me or you as to any area where I fell short. Anything, anything.
As a man, can't buy into the "been in depression". That is a normal state for most of us. Also, the two week trip to CarverFest 2012 makes one wonder. How many here had a two week vacation last year and have booked one this year thousands of miles from the west coast for the incredible NC mountains? I guess it is possible, but for one, could never do that, enjoy it, and know things I committed to with a hand shake were just me fucking around.
I am not that guy.
My guess is that me as the owner of tube amps is now shot to shit with this post.
I stand before you all today - fucked.
I am out a lot of money. I will survive.
My word is good. I still own that. Without that - what am I?
Just put up an early offer on the tube amps Toy has for sale and will be going higher.
I guess the point of this post is to ask you to ask Mike WTF?
Email, PM, even ask Mike this year when he arrives at CarverFest 2013 to explain.
I live an hour away and will show up to ask the Marine - WTF?
My last message to MIKE (no answer) was:
Any word on the amps.
I think I have done my part. I have not rushed you. I have offered at every step more money,
As agreed, gave you $1000 in $20 bills on day one and have offered to send more.
I saw you as a solid guy. WTF?
Tell me what I did wrong and what to do next.
The real point of this post is of course to see who hides safely in the shadows and who is member/man enough to step up and question.
How many of you consider yourselves senior members? How many can look aside when there is WTF afoot? This poll might be worth the money I have apparently lost.
ID your self if you are a real member wanting this forum to stand for more. Investigate, then reply.
Just having fun. Life has taught me there are few real men in it. I thought Mike was one. I don't see many here having the balls to question Mike.