Why is it that most high end bass equipment companies that are sold to existing large corporations are usually so unsuccessful? Example: Michael Tobias sells Tobias Basses to Gibson; suddenly pre-Gibson basses are better! Players say "New Tobias bass sure aren't what they use to be!" Sales drop. Steve Rabine sells SWR; Suddenly vintage SWR amps are better! Players say "New SWR amps sure aren't what they use to be!" Sales drop. Kubucki sells to Fender; Players say "New Kubicki basses sure aren't what they use to be!" Sales drop. And of course the classic: Fender sells to CBS; Players say "New Fender products sure aren't what they use to be!" Got to have a Pre-CBS! The list goes on and on but rarely do the buy-outs better or even sustain the product. Is this a self-fulfilling prophecy? We say it will happen, it becomes so? Or is it usually true! The new owners just don't run the product properly. They make changes that they are not really qualified to make without true knowledge of the product they just purchased. What do you think?