First post and *holy thread revival!*
I wanted to bump this thread now the nights are drawing in :(, but also Echo the previous comments as it saddened me to see an obvious talent being left to disappear into the darkness :p when this thread clearly shows a need for you!
As a man in my mid 30’s I'm returning to this great hobby and have very recently purchased some cheap Chinese lights, Solastorm x2 out of necessity for a quick purchase they will certainly do the job, however I see them as a consumable, but am I happy with that? Well no, my 'can't be standard' personality means 'm already looking at upgrading the barttery and a nice digital charger! It's an illness I will never be cured of...
Like a number of mid aged peeps who have bought their fair share of crap and now know the value of quality, I like well designed, robust, unique quality kit and am willing to pay the money for it, as I appreciate the time in design and fabrication that goes into to these "one off" (non mass produced) items. I also like owning cool, bomp proof well researched stuff! (who doesn't?)
I know a few guys who I'm happy to call good mates, who accomplish and strive for the same thing as yours
elf Mr Troute, but in a different market/hobby. It's likely they will not become millionaires but they have been in business for over 10 years paying the bills, and have a good following of like minded people as they produce great but expensive kit.
Forget that there are cheap quick win Chinese kit out there, people don't buy your kit based on the price alone, we want cool dependable lights!
So if you come out of retirement count me in