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eshop at Action Custom Straps's web store for Made in America products
One of the products Action Custom Straps sells is Made in America Custom Straps. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Our story actually begins many years ago in 1978. I had just bought my first 35 mm camera (a Minolta XG-7) and I was proud of it, and I wanted to buy a classy looking camera strap. I looked for some time, but found while there were many camera straps available, I couldn't find one that I thought was worthy of being on my new camera. That may sound snobby, but I also noticed that the straps available at that time usually had a lot of metal hardware that would scratch the camera. Some people don't care, but when I get something new, I like to take care of it.

So, I went to the closest Tandy Leather Store here in Indianapolis and I bought the softest black leather I could find. This happened to be cabretta leather which was even softer than some glove leather. I hand cut the pieces and then my wife, Dena, sewed it together. We didn't know at that time but the first Action Custom Camera Strap had just been born.

Later, in the 1980's, because of the positive reaction to my camera strap and one which I made for my friend, Larry Roberts of New Palestine, IN, (who had gotten me interested in 35 mm photography) we decided to try and make a business of making and selling custom camera and then later, guitar straps. The we I speak of consisted of Dena, her cousin, Paul Hilton, and myself. We named the business Action Custom Straps.


We set up a booth at different camera shows and we advertised in Modern and Popular Photography as well as American Photographer and Shutterbug. We didn't have large ads because our budget wouldn't allow it. We instead put our money in a color brochure which we sent when someone would respond to our ads.


In 1986, we displayed our custom camera straps at the PMA (Photo Marketing Association) Show in Las Vegas. Here, we were able to make the contacts we needed to meet independent sales representatives who would eventually cover most of the United States with our custom camera straps. At the show we also had the opportunity to talk to many major camera manufacturers, such as Nikon, Minolta, Canon and others. And while there was interest in our straps, we decided that mass production was not what we were interested in. We did and still do enjoy working with individuals most of all. In that, our philosophy has not changed. We don't want to make the most straps, just the BEST!

Of course, we had some other ideas, like making console inlays for Harley Davidson. This is a picture of my ?83 FXR with a diamondback rattlesnake inlay - complete with rattle. And of course, like any good Harley riding custom strap maker, I made up a camera strap and submitted it to Milwaukee. It was black leather with the bar and shield on one side and Harley Davidson in classic script on the other side. (By the way, I have always been partial to red and black on my Harleys. I painted this bike candy red and black using spray cans! And yes it was as good a paint job as it appears in the picture.)

Sometime later, we made one last full page flyer exclusive to our camera straps. We thought it turned out pretty good. We narrowed our selections down to a few we thought were the best and YES that is dark and premium white mink on the right.

However, in late 1986 we made the decision to suspend all operations with Action Custom Straps. We had found that it was too expensive to advertise to get individuals to write for information and then order a strap. And it was too long a process as well. And when we were selling at wholesale, and paying a commission to a sales representative, it was hard to make much money on an item that we carefully handmade. But although we suspended all operations with Action Custom Straps, we still couldn't get it out of our minds that there had to be some way to make it work. In the meantime, the years roll on by.

1999 - Levi, our son, then 19, had taken an interest in collecting guitars and so when we made the decision to open Action Custom Straps again, this time taking advantage of the opportunity the internet offers, guitar straps became our main focus. The Guild (D-35) that you see in a couple of the pictures of our guitar straps is mine. I bought it when Levi was born in 1980. The old Harmony Monterey shown in some of the pictures was my father's. He bought it sometime in the 1940's.

We still offer custom camera straps, and although we have redesigned them to better show off the full snakeskin inlay they are very close to the original design.

Nikki, our daughter who joined us in making our straps in May of 2002, and I build all the straps and Dena does an excellent job of sewing them. So, if you want something made just for you, give us a call!

And there you have a brief history of Action Custom Straps. Thank you for taking the time to read Our Story!

Terry & Dena Misner, Levi Misner and Nikki Misner O'Neal


eshop at American Custom Leather's web store for Made in America products
One of the products American Custom Leather sells is Made in America Guitar Straps. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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American Custom Leather
2756 Knob Hill Drive
Clemmons, NC 27012
336.201.7687
sales@americancustomleather.com

Hi, my name is Keith Bryson.

As a native to Western North Carolina, I was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Asheville. I was called to work with leather in 1993 in Cherokee, and traveled with Mountain Trails Leather to bike rallies all over the country. Through the years I've met many wonderful people and had the opportunity to design leather products to meet the individual taste of my clients.

With a specialty in belts and guitar straps, you can choose from a variety of designs displayed on my website. I can also custom make your order to your personal request. I only use top grade, thick (9 to 10 oz.) North American shoulder leather, that's how I can offer a 5 year warranty.

I take great pleasure in hand-crafting each piece one at a time. Customer satisfaction is my top priority. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me so I can get started on a unique leather creation for you.

Thank You,

Keith


eshop at Audio By Van Alstine's web store for American Made products
One of the products Audio By Van Alstine sells is American Made Amps / Amplifiers. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Audio by Van Alstine offers you true state-of-the-art high-fidelity at prices you can afford. We have been designing and building truly musical systems for nearly forty years.

We sell direct so you can avoid high prices and high pressure. We avoid frivolous accessories. We want you for a long-term client, not for just a quick buck.

Our engineering staff has been at their best this past year, and we now bring you several brand new outstanding products, the Synergy Amplifiers, the Fet Valve Amplifiers, the Fet Valve preamplifier and the Fet Valve DAC and more. Most other products have had worthwhile engineering upgrades to bring you even better musicality in every price range. Of course we still offer affordable high quality upgrades to your existing AVA equipment along with upgrades to some Dynaco and Hafler equipment.
How good is our equipment? Our customers are our best sales people. Check the www.audioreview.com web site and search for Van Alstine. You will see what our customers think. Or visit www.audiocircle.com http://www.audiocircle.com/circles/index.php?board=48.0 and read about us there.

Our clients get our ongoing expert consultation and guidance. Most of your questions are answered in our web stie, but of course if you call us we will take the time to listen and give you the best guidance we can. You get to talk to a real person, not an electronic switchboard.


eshop at Ball and Buck's web store for Made in America products
One of the products Ball and Buck sells is Made in America Tube Amps / Amplifiers. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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WE BUILT THE BALL AND BUCK EXPERIENCE TAKING INSPIRATION FROM OUR HISTORY AND AMERICA'S NEVER ENDING PHILOSOPHY TO ALWAYS DO BETTER AND WORK HARDER. TO US YOUR PURCHASE ISN'T MERELY A TRANSFER OF GOODS BUT RATHER THE BEGINNING OF A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP. SAY GOODBYE TO DAYS OF FRUSTRATING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES, SEARCHING FOR PHONE NUMBERS, AND NAVIGATING EXTENSION MAZES. YOU DESERVE BETTER AND NOW YOU'VE GOT IT. MEET BALL AND BUCK'S REVOLUTIONARY EXPERIENCE.

eshop at Barchetta Valve Amp's web store for Made in the USA products
One of the products Barchetta Valve Amp sells is Made in the USA Amps. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Barchetta amplifiers are available in many different colors and schemes. For the most part, the amp is a cage style amp chassis. This will not change. The amp can be of just about any color that is possible to paint. Any art work performed by Barchetta will cause a mandatory upcharge of no less than $100. Solid colors are included in the standard cost. Knobs and switch covers can be of many different color styles, black, blue, red, yellow, brown, etc.. Even knob styles can be changed to suit the customer. Just let me know what you need and i'll try to work that into your order. Turn around on an amp build is usually 1 to 2 weeks, maybe sooner depending on work flow. Email me anytime, Thanks, David, barchetta.amps@yahoo.com

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