I’ve often said that companies don't make things, people do. To understand why Analog Man is great, you need to know that Analog Man is a person. His name is Mike Piera, and he got started in the mid ’80s, around 1985, when he moved to Japan to be a software engineer. While working in Japan, he started seeing vintage guitars and effects pedals that he'd never seen in the States, just a universe of crazy interesting, collectible stuff. He started tinkering around, recreating some of these rare effects, and modifying things for friends.
One thing led to another, Mike started a pedal company, and the rest is history.