RonSound is a 1 man operation and I've been building pedals since 1995.
Currently in the works is a delay with a couple of new features I don't think are available anywhere else, a clone of the original 1979 Tube Driver, a clone of the Rivera Buff II buffer w/ added features and a clone of the rare Sam Ash Fuzz-Stainer.
I started building pedals around 1995. I was renting out my Electro-Harmonix collection to a local studio and the mint triangle-knob Big Muff was very popular. I decided to build my own copy of it to rent out instead and that became the Hairpie. I made an exact copy of the circuit board, slapped it together and it worked! The next pedal I built was a Foxx Stone Machine that belonged to a friend. He wouldn't part with it so I borrowed it and copied it. The parts limitations I worked with back then gave the clone (Stone Machine) it's own unique character.
I started building and designing pedals in the bedroom of my (and my wife's) apartment. This was back in the pre-internet days so I had to make do with parts from Radio Shack and the local electronics supplier.
The pedals worked as designed and I still have all the original RonSound prototypes.
I started to promote originally with Usenet postings. Eventually I built a very basic web site using my Earthlink webspace. I've never paid for any advertising, it's all been word of mouth.
I play bass and while I do have a decent pedalboard, the only RonSound effect is a prototype Peak-O-Matic which is a Dan Armstrong Yellow Humper and Purple Peaker in one box. It's really about the only effect I use consistently. I just turn it on and leave it on the whole time.