Why I prefer gear that is made domestically


I find you have a better chance of getting parts and service if you buy a domestic product. Sure some domestic companies go out of business but nothing is full proof. If I need a part for my VPI turntable or ARC electronics I can usually get them within a week. When I had Dynaudio speakers I blew out a driver and had to wait 3 months to get one from Denmark. Since I didn't have another speaker at the time it made it inconvenient for me. No knock on Dynaudio. I really like their speakers. But if I had domestically made speaker I most likely could of got a part within a couple of weeks. 
taters
Taters you are like a navel gazing factory my man! But as always, as with most of your posts, it depends. Some domestic manufacturers offer great service and some don't. Ditto imports and it can certainly equalize things when an imported product as a legit and responsible US importer. Another plus is to have gear, usually tubes fit this bill best, that uses simple circuits, and widely available parts, gear like that is super easy to fix if it ever breaks down. As they always say though YMMV.
Taters your are a navel gazing factory my man!
It's been a long time since I've guffawed. 


I've had really great luck dealing with domestic audio. Firms like Cary Audio, Soundscience, PS Audio, VPI, Many US cable manufacturers. Even Canadian  Coincident Audio. It is absolutely great to  call  and talk to the designer of the equipment you are using. I think thats worth half the price of the equipment you purchase. 
nonoise my pleasure ;) and taters no insult intended whatsoever just marveling.
Sounds like that should be part of your due diligence if availability of parts is important to you.  It is very true that a local manufacturer is more likely to have parts more readily available, but w the global supply chain now in force, that's no guarantee.  I've gotten good service and bad in terms of parts availability from US and offshore companies. 
I bought a Van Alstine Synergy 450 amp because it sounds like a big modern tube amp and is far better than the Odyssey amp I was using,at least on the classical music I listen to.
The fact I live 15 minutes from his place played a role too.
I took it in to have loose speaker terminals fixed, my fault from using death grip locking SC connections, and in a half-hour was good to go.And got to listen to Mozart on his new Janzen  "stats while I waited !
That sounds like the ideal situation, a manufacturer just down the road.  If something goes wrong you can just drop it off on your way back and forth to Starbucks.

"Why I prefer gear that is made domestically"

To create manufacture and repair job for engineer and technician.

Equipment engineering domestically  generally very reliable and retains its value more than most equipment. 

I concur w/ taters. (Knowingly) I would never buy any gear from china!
though how many American made speakers use Dynaudio drivers...so much depends on the company's customer service policies not just place of manufacture...
I live 15-20 minutes from Deja Vu speaking of convenience plus they always are willing to lend me a loaner if I have work being done. Certainly a huge plus!
I prefer service and repairs to be only done by the same people that built the gear in the first place.

Factory service only.  I do not trust dealers working on my gear.
The best service experience I've had in turn around time was courtesy of Bryston. Shipped out on Monday- my amp was back on Friday! 

helps that I live in the northeast 
Schubert, you also live about 30 minutes from Audio Research.  No plastic binding posts over there, and I've delivered and picked up my amps for mod at their loading dock.  (Been down that other road you mentioned--not such a bargain, IMO).  

Considering AR is MUCH more expensive I should think so.
AVA works for me .
Schubert, I became a fan of Frank Van Alstine when he had the temerity to offer a mod for the ARC SP-3 at a time when Bill Johnson's design talents were considered unimpeachable. How dare he! The fact was, Franks mod "corrected" a few flaws in the design of the SP-3, making it more linear, with less distortion and more accurate RIAA equalization. I sent him a Dynaco PAS2 to put his tube pre-amp design of the 80's into, and it was a good one, at a bargain price. 
It's ARC and Magnepan all the way for me--AVA for you--all good for MN. 

I hear you bdp24.
I ’m not an AVA kool-aid drinker but AVA is most bang for the buck made in USA .
If I win the lottery my new dedicated listing room will sport a T+A system
driving Anavantgarde DUO’s .
The new AVA phono stage is a real deal at $ 500. Tremendous dynamic range and better than anything I’ve heard below $1200 or so and I haven't  missed many .
With electronics, speakers and even some trucks agree.
With cars big no.

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I do prefer Made in USA for most things that I buy in general. It’s tough to buy USA made gear without shelling out some big bucks as only the high end is still made here for the most part. Even Krell, Wadia, and Cary are making gear in China.

My amps and preamp are made here and they’ve fortunately not needed any repair but support from both companies has been great. One component that has surpassed my expectations is the OPPO 103d universal player that I just picked up.....it’s awesome, and supposedly their support is great. Made in China but nothing comes close unless you spend a lot more.

I’ve also had terrible service from companies here in the states. I do agree with Don c55 about factory service, they’re the only guys I want fixing my equipment even if it is a pain in the a-- to ship it to them.
Wow i did not know that!!
Great stories guys-