"For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for want of care about a horse-shoe nail."We don't use nails in our products but we certainly use screws. Lots of them. Special screws, in fact: screws that don't lose their color, that don't rust in high humidity, that will last a lifetime. High tech screws. But, you knew that. It is so easy to take for granted the myriad of bits and pieces that make up a modern piece of hifi equipment: the millions upon millions of silicon gates, the miles of copper traces, hundreds of turns of high purity copper and steel, and yes, screws. Our technological world is complex beyond our grasp in service of bringing music into our homes. I wonder what old Ben Franklin would have thought about us as he and a group of friends sat by the fire drinking mugs of ale and listening to live musicians in a Philidelphia pub. I'll bet he enjoyed better sound quality than we do.
For want of a screw
In Benjamin Franklin's 1758 manuscript The Way to Wealth he wrote a now famous proverb:
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