In this case, there are no pre-assembled versions; the MS-20 Kit and MS-20M Kit use different cases, PCBs, and hardware when compared to the MS-20 Mini. So they're a special production run, produced only for the kits, which will likely sell in extremely small numbers anyway and thus not benefit from economies of scale. These also aren't kits in the modular sense of the term; the PCBs come pre-populated from the factory, so there's a lot more labor involved on Korg's part than just filling bags full of parts.Ish wrote:Quick and simple question:
In the Eurorack world, DIY kits are the cheaper option, at least more so than purchasing an assembled module.
Why are the MS20 kits twice the cost of the pre-assembled versions?
And, IIRC, the kits are made in Japan while the Mini is made in China. So there's that.
Basically, these are ultra-niche products for die-hards, and are priced accordingly.