Since the inception of our company, one of our primary goals has been to preserve the highest level of craftsmanship in the manufacturing of every component in our line MYT Glides, Skates, and accessories. Our first task was to set up our shop as a single venue to design, machine, and test every part that goes into our MYT systems. We invested in a 3-axis milling machine, a lathe, metal saws, drill presses and numerous metal working tools.
Early on however, we came to realize that parts manufacturing is a very unique trade, one that we decided to entrust to shops that specialize in the production of these component pieces. We wanted to focus solely on the most complex parts, which we continue to make in-house. We also wanted to focus on design, prototyping and testing in order to ensure the ultimate quality for our customers.
Initially, we sourced parts from diverse locations in the United States, not realizing that New York City and its tri-state surroundings could be the answer to all of our needs. After an extended period of trial-and-error, we built up a family of amazing companies within our own borough in Brooklyn and throughout NYC. Even better, we established great relationships with the people running them. These people became both our partners and our friends, and from the outset helped us in manufacturing parts of the highest caliber.
Even a passing glance at our MYT’s will reveal this quality – there are absolutely no cast parts, only CNC machined components of high-grade aluminum and stainless steel. The tolerances that we’ve established are incredibly tight, while each part is milled out of one chunk of raw material. This means that every machined piece is made to last, intrinsically h4 and durable. To this day, we have not had a single part break or crack, not even under the most demanding conditions created during our own testing, but also as relayed to us by MYT owners in the field.
In 2011, we invested in a highly sophisticated brand new 4-axis CNC machine. It was a costly purchase, but we needed a machine with its capabilities in order to produce a series of new, complex parts for the new accessories and camera support systems currently in development.
The emphasis that we place on good design does not stop with the MYT Glide and Skate - every component and accessory exacts the same near-obsessive attention to detail. The Wood Handles, for example, took us many months of research to design and properly manufacture. Initially, we produced them in house with our own CNC router, but now we source them from Vermont to ensure a level of artisanal quality from a company that specializes in the material. The core wood is of amazing quality, the shape is ergonomically designed to comfortably match your hand, and the final product is dipped in a natural oil to preserve and beautify the wood over time. With each use, the handles develop a deeper and more beautiful patina. Soon, we plan on getting a larger CNC Router to make custom wood cases for some of our upcoming MYT tools.
The same goes for our custom Carrying Cases. We went through a lot of trial-and-error to design the perfect case for our MYT Glide. The Soft Carrying Case is made of waterproof Cordura and is sewn in Vermont with natural cotton webbing and leather shoulder pads. They are very rugged and will take on the rigors of location and traveling shoots for years to come. The Hard Cases are likewise custom-designed for the MYT Glide, padded with an inch of foam to ensure that your MYT is secure as you travel.
All the parts and components come to our assembly shop in Brooklyn where we put together our MYT's. Each one is made to order with its own serial number and engraved identification. Every order is thoroughly tested and never leaves our shop before we are absolutely sure it is up to our specifications.
In a nutshell, this is our manufacturing process. We are extremely proud to say, "Built in NYC," and we intend to keep it that way. If you live in NYC or plan on visiting, let us know if you’d like to come visit our humble abode. It would be a pleasure to welcome you into our MYT world, and to show you how a MYT is made. There’s only one thing we can’t promise you a peek at – the new projects we’re working on! A little mystery is always good!