Yeah, Skip, that was more my idea. Even if it didn't pan out, just the fact that someone is considering doing so might get Dynavox thinking before they lay another price hike on.
My other vague idea extended beyond just woofers, to all sorts of parts that members buy. If we form a buying club, we gain wholesale status for everything, and members could at least pay "jobber" prices for stuff, instead of high retail. But a I say, I'm just tossing out the idea; don't know much about the specifics of such things. I do know that such things are done sometimes, and they work.
What we need mostly are figures. That's what this is all about. Minimum orders, costs, shipping. Also details about importing and storage. And assurance of build quality.
As to finding the woofers' manufacturer, the last batch I bought (from Orovox 8 years ago) came in a box marked Chuan Tai Electric, Taiwan. They could probably be located, but I've been to Taiwan several times and have to tell you that the standards for English there are very low. The spellings of Mandarin Chinese that are used in English very according to which of 4 or 5 systems the translator is using; sometimes, just within one street map, the same road will go from Danshui to Tam-shue Rd., or such. So be forewarned. Chung=Jhong=Zhong - shit like that. It's terrible. And the pitiful part is that even when they write the language in their own characters, it is pronounces differently in different dialects, over two dozen of them, so the people from different goegraphic can't understand each other either. This is why the a Mandarin dialect has emerged as the language of educated Chinese. Everyone learns it, whatever they speak at home.
That said, I have a friend in Taipei, a native Mandarin speaker, who could investigate possibilities there and perhaps even act as middle-man if this thing develops. If nothing else, he might find the right person to talk to, someone in the company who speaks English well enough to haggle with.
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