Unless Eastern's quality takes a big jump, I don't think they will be able to keep increasing prices. They're just trying to find out how far they can go before the point of diminished return. Soldering mainly is the problem - sloppy joints and possibly globs of solder in the neck near the small end. You can also find the reinforcing ferrule on the end crudely attached with a gap between it and the actual tip of the neck. I was able to use the Sterling alto neck after filing out the lump of solder and doing some more filing on the ferrule but the Sterling tenor neck didn't do anything for me. As with most everything else made there, the devil is in the details. The advertised tenon sizes don't really mean much as many above have discovered so its a real guessing game with this stuff. As I said, the alto neck definitely is working for me on my Selmer USA alto so success with these is possible.