Agile is a different case. They often have problems with the customs, but Kurt's customer service is a well-known (and legendary) quantity, and Rondo has been around long enough to build up a significant name and significant capital and connections with their factories.Don't know about these guys (haven't played them), but the LP I got from Agile is amazing, and it was custom designed and delivered for sub 1k. Then again, that is with Korean labor. Not sure how these guys do it.
Cheap parts and woods, an inexpensive CNC machine, the desire to break into the market, possibly the willingness to lose some money while getting started up. Simple product offerings (not 20,000 combinations). Maybe a few ss.ogres will order some and we can see how they turn out.Not sure how these guys do it.