To be fair it wasn't saying that these products can't be relied on specifically, although it was in response to my question on the Octatrack specifically, it was a general statement alluding that no product should be relied on and one should always have a backup.
My point is, how do I always have a backup for - at that time - the Octatrack. It is a pretty unique product and the only backup would be to have a second Octatrack, which is of course nuts. In any case, the failures I have experienced have been total, so the music stops dead. Even with a backup, it would need a change over - which I don't fancy in the middle of a set at say 1:30am...the music stops dead whilst the dancefloor stands and waits for me to replace my main instrument.
I get that electrical products can fail, my issue is that I bought an Octatrack and it failed completely, so much that it had to go back tonSweden for a replacement, after owning for only 4 weeks.
Then I bought an Analogue Rytm, which a couple of months in failed completely and is now on its way back to Sweden, I assume for replacement.
If either of those happened in the middle of a big live set, I would never be booked again. It would be catastrophic to my music career.
Even though the OT was only 4 weeks old, a refund was refused and I had to send it back to get fixed.
Yes the OT was turned around quickly and yes the internals were all replaced. But what happens if the same thing happens again at a less convenient time, say in the middle of the climax of a big live set.
My only option was to sell on my Elektron gear or just accept it. With no other products available to do quite what I want to do, I have no choice, but now, with a 100% failure rate, I am terrified the gear lets me down at the worst possible moment.