“Ashdown is a world leader in the design and manufacture of instrument amplification with a history stretching back over 40 years. As the designer and component buyer for Ashdown/Meters, I have been dealing with Rapid for as long as I can remember. There are several good reasons for this from personal service and relationship (that play a large part in this), a big emphasis on service, and Rapid never fail to deliver. From getting special parts sourcing and supply to ‘off the shelf’ components, our account manager is the best in the business.
Over the years, I have had dealings with all the major players in the component supply arena, and what I can tell you is that Rapid will not try to sell you components that are available on their partners’ websites for more money, unlike some of the major supply companies.
In all my dealings with Rapid, I have found them to be reliable, honest, and good value for money. Manufacturing is all about costs and obtaining the correct specification parts at the best possible prices. Rapid are very good in this regard and I know that they have managed through competitive pricing structures to help many manufacturers either start up or maintain UK manufacturing.
As one of the major component suppliers within the UK and with the service they offer, it is easy to see why they are successful and continue to be so.
Yes, there are small niggles with small details such as order codes changing, but this is not unique to Rapid and seems to be the Achille’s Heel of the component supply industry in general. The only time I have ever had to return components is when I have made a mess of the order! To anyone considering Rapid as a supplier I would suggest you give them a try …”