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We have just seen a beautiful video and pictures of the Antigua production line. Very impressive!

The video got me particularly curious. I think this facility must be located in China since the production line is very beautiful and big. I know that in Taiwan operations seem to be quite a bit smaller, aside Jupiter, and not as Hi-tech as this plant. Anybody knows the name of the factory and location? I have no idea if Antigua is secretive about this or not so my question is not a criticism or anything less than appreciative of the Chinese saxophone and Taiwanese ones.
 

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I always thought they were made in Taiwan then assembled at the San Antonio plant in Texas. since mainland China & Taiwan don't always have the best of relations I don't know if they would locate a plant on the mainland or not, but you can't ever tell, they might. business is business.

ah, a google search reveals that they do have two factories....one in Taiwan & one in mainland China, main offices in San Antonio.
 

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according to my information this factory should be in China, the governments might not be friendly but the commercial relationship between the countries (Taiwan and China ) is very good indeed Some companies , such as Tenon have plants in Taiwan, China and Vietnam
 

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C above edit.....2 factories, one in each.
 

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but the question is, what is the name of the Chinese factory, I am pretty sure no Chinese factory is called " Antigua"
 

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heck, I did well to find out there was one.......I'll leave it to you to find the name.
 

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:cheers: thank you!
 

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lol, don't mention it. the only way I know to find out is maybe e-mail em in San Antonio & ask. they're closed on Sat though. dunno if they'd answer or not. they might. if I can remember I'll do it Mon.. there was a thread here some time ago about Chinese sax factories & their history or some such......I forget where I saw it though; didn't pay much attention at the time.
 

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well, it depends, these things are considered to be privileged information by most brands.........they are generally not of public domain
 

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This is true. A company like Antigua would probably not like potential customers to know if their instruments are made in the same factory where some of the cheap $200 saxes are made.
 

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that's most likely true.....makes sense, we can still ask though. they just may not give an answer. oh well....
 

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I don't think that factory will make $200 saxophone, more like $2000 saxophone.

Look at the size and technology they have in that factory video. I am really impress like milandro. I would be surprise if Antigua will tell you about it, after all that is what make they different from others.

And compare to what I can find about others brand's production video, P mauriat so call factory looks like shooti in the storage room. Selmer production video is also just so so.
 

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An educated guess is that the Antigua might be manufactured in one of the factories in Hebei, in either the Beijing or Tianjin municipalities. A couple of Taiwanese musical instrument companies relocated to Tianjin a few years ago. I know of one very modern plant there that was (the last time that I checked) a Sino-American joint venture.

There's another saxophone-only manufacturer in Shandong province that has been in business almost as long as KHS (Jupiter) has been in business.

The fact that Chinese manufacturer reps won't broadcast information isn't any indication of a desire to deceive. It's just a cultural trait to give out minimal information.

It's like the guy who asks a shop owner if his dog bites. The guy pets the dog in the shop and gets mauled.

--- I thought you said that your dog doesn't bite.

"That's not my dog."
 

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yes, never underestimate Chinese industries, most of them are very large and modern factories , unlike Taiwanese operations which are normally smaller and less modernly equipped.
 

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Very impressive video indeed. Millions of dollar must have been thrown in to built that! very very impressive and I am surprised that they have been keeping it so secretive
 

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well it is possible that this is one of those very big Chinese factories (of which there are many!) that makes many brands under one roof and Antigua could be one of their customers or part owner of the company , one thing , in my mind is for sure, these plant is capable of an output per annum which , I think, exceeds the Antigua sales........so they either keep it idle or , more likely, this plant is used to make other brands too.
 

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is there a link to this video? if so, please post
 

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Tnx.
 

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appears very efficient... in my past experience, the Chinese export the garbage, and keep the good stuff for themselves. Perhaps this is changing
 
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