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I can tell you that there is a struggle in man power. Since they were taken over last year, their resources have been tightened and it's become a battle to gain more dealers and produce more product due to lack of company support. I love their horns and hope that they can survive the take over.
 

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Well, if that's the case, stick a fork in them cause they're done. What you've described is the beginning of the end for most companies because as manpower falls off mistakes start to happen. Quality will suffer and demands won't be met. What's happening in Asia is what happens everywhere manufacturing is flourishing. Eventually the workers want better benefits and more money which means the bean counters will make cut backs which eventually derail the business. The cycle continues as now the shift is moving to mainland China as their labor force is still the cheapest. So, the good news is, you will probably still be able to get an Antiqua Winds horn, it just won't be anything like the one you have now.
I';m not speaking of manpower in manufacturing. I';m talking man power on the states side to promote sales and such. There a very small team and the budget was lowered, I';m sure.

Quality is better than ever and that won';t change, but the team needs help. And sales need to continue to grow.
 

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I have a pro one alto and think it is very good. I also think one difference between Antigua and Pmauriat is that Antigua has been in the student market for a long time. Kind of like Jupiter. I think the Pro Models are excellent but the name brand suffers from the student association.
That's a huge problem that Antigua has been battling. There are still too many people that associate it with the student line horns from when they first came out. They've come so far since but most stores don't want to carry anything more than Selmer and Yamaha and as a former store manager, I can't blame them. The general public either want pro horns, that have been around for a long time, for themselves or super cheap horns for their kid that is just about to start playing.
 

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This is a bummer. I had a great Mauriat 66R, and I thought the Pro One tenor I tried was better in every way than my 66R.

I've always wanted to try one of their other horns with more focus & core.
No reason to be bummed! You can still try them and buy them and get their support!!! They're still available and making beautiful horns!
 

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To be honest with you, I can't stand WWBW...I consider them a local store killer. Kessler produces their own overseas brand, can't imagine they would carry a competitor.

Have you simply tried calling them? I'm not privy to sales numbers or anything like that, just giving me personal experience with them and what I know is going on.
 

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You guys are all making some great points. I also now see that Saxquest is closing them out as well. This is very unfortunate. G8rDuc, I did not know that they had been absorbed by another Co. Who is the parent Co. now?
US Band.

LostConn, I don't disagree with you for the most part. But if someone is seriously looking for a horn, they usually go to the source. Especially when it's a specialty horn. If you look at the CE Winds thread, they offered their horns through their own company and people loved them. If they make a quality product, people will seek them out. The money to keep a company in business doesn't lie within the pro horn market for the most part, most of it lies within the student market and that's where they suffer because they can't get the brick and mortar stores to carry their horns. How do you change that when you're battling giants like Yamaha?
 
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