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Why do people dislike most Harley Benton products?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Redrama, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Redrama


    Apr 19, 2013
    I've just noticed that people keep saying stuff like "Buy anything but HB" or "This is suprisingly good for a HB"

    I'm just wondering why.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    This is the first negative opinion I've heard about the brand....or rather an implied negative opinion.
  3. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    It is a Chinese-made store brand, so many will dismiss them without ever trying one. I would assume they are on par with any other Chinese instrument for the same price.
  4. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I've been visiting TB pretty much daily for 7 years, and I had to Google the name just now. Never heard of'em before.
  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think they're a fairly popular cheapo brand in Europe. Not so much in the colonies.
  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Because people who've been on talkbass for years and years who never heard of them get their first impression from someone who says they have a bad reputation.

    If anyone ever asked me about them, now that I've heard of them, I'd have to say, "Don't know anything other than the fact that they don't have a very good reputation."
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Much the same as Acoustic / GC is here.
  8. Pretty sure they're the store brand for Thomann in Europe, analogous to Rogue/Musicians Friend
  9. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Thomann house brand, made in the same place as some Ibby Epi and Peavey according to Wikipedia.
  10. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Remember for any instrument though simy the act of playing it in Finland makes it better. Everyone I know in Porvoo just has a baseline cool level higher than the rest of Northern Europe. See: cellos.
  11. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I've been here over 12 years and I had to Google it as well..
  12. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Well, I just Googled Porvoo and it looks lovely. Now I want to visit. I'm learning all kinds of things from this thread.:)
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I've never heard of them prior to this but I am pretty sure they're garbage. ;)
  14. Ah, I think the Danes would challenge that assumption about Finland - and this, coming from a Swede.

    As long as we can all agree that the Norwegians are the least cool, I think we're all on the same page.
  15. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Great way to market a brand NO one has heard of...
  16. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    When the name "Joyo" is used in it's place everybody thinks they're great.
  17. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    "NO one"? Hardly true. Read the rest of the thread.
  18. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    For those who have actually heard of Harley Benton I would assume they might not like the products because they are various re-branded copies or clones. Some of it is probably decent stuff if you know what to pick, some of it not so good. Generally speaking you get what you pay for and Harley Benton is at the lower end of the scale.
  19. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    It's a house brand with all it implies. You buy a name, not a product. It is generic gear, specs and construction can change randomly over time.

    It isn't inherently bad gear, just the cheapest you can get so there isn't a lot to expect from it.
    Many, many europeans got started on 6 string bass or fretless with a 100€ Harley Benton.
  20. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I have heard of Harley Benton.

    Never heard of Porvoo, though.