Why so many used Moduluses and so few used Zons?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Javy, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Javy


    Sep 15, 2000
    I've been checking eBay lately for Moduluses and Zons, and the one thing I've noticed is that there are ususally a few Modulus Quantums or Genesis basses but rarely Zons of any kind. Is it just that I haven't been checking long enough, or is this the way it usually is? If this is usually the case, then why?

    I can already imagine what the Zon fans are going to say: "Zons are so great that nobody wants to get rid of them." Seriously, though, I'd like to know why. Is it because there are fewer Zons in the first place? I've searched the Internet for new Zons and found that Zon dealers aren't nearly as easy to find as retailers who sell Modulus.

    What do you think is the reason for so many used Moduluses and so few used Zons?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    This would be my guess too.
  3. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Modulus basses have been mainlined in the now defunct Mars stores, so more might be available in the used market. These were "dumped" in the end at great prices.
  4. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    I think that it's just a volume produced and sold issue. If I had to guess, I would estimate maybe 10 or 20 modulus basses sold for every zon. Just an unscientific guess.
  5. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    I agree that it's a relative sales volume thing. When I was comparison shopping for my fiver I had no trouble finding Mods but I had to go to San Francisco to audition a Zon.
  6. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    Zon is better... :)
  7. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    THAT depends on who yer askin'! :D
  8. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
  9. Javy


    Sep 15, 2000
    Interesting point, unharmed. I use "Moduluses" as a plural for Modulus with reluctance. It just doesn't seem right. Maybe "Moduli" is better...
  10. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    From my latin classes long ago, I think it would be Moduli.

    That's why I just say Modulus basses.
  11. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Zons are still made by Joe, right? I guess it would be like comparing Fender to Smith, cause Modulus has been cranking them out for a while.

    Maybe, I don't know, I've been on a call for 6 hours and said absolutely nothing.....
  12. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy Bongo destroys villages and does my laundry Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    Though Joe Zon's operation certainly can't be called mass production, I don't think Modulus is a large operation either. And I think that these two companies have been around a comperable amount of time. One last thought, though Modulus was carried by Mars, Zon, last I knew was carried by GC.