because in China people have a firm belief that the saxophone gets lets desirable for the buyer if touched by someone else before selling. In other words the gloves equip the saxophones in case, at the shop, one examines the horn.Looks like the package contains a plastic bag with (probably) white gloves.
Apparently this is a standard item with saxophones from China. Nobody knows why.....
You might find this YouTube video interesting...OK, the PRICE demands it to be fake - but how does it play?
Like this tenor YANAGISAWA T-WO37
It's not just touching it. I wanted to try out a Yintai tenor when I lived in Taizhou, Jiangsu. I was told: You play it, you buy it. I think that the white gloves serve the purpose of sparing the instrument the indignity of fingerprints. The players in the drum and bugle bands that marched through town every other Sunday wore white gloves.because in China people have a firm belief that the saxophone gets lets desirable for the buyer if touched by someone else before selling. In other words the gloves equip the saxophones in case, at the shop, one examines the horn.
This may appear to be far fetched but I have seen, more than once, people in western shops, asking to try an instrument but then demanding one in an unopened box (which nullifies the thing of having tried the instrument because the next instrument is not the same as to one that you've tried!).
It's the same thing that affects buyers at the market discarding minute defects.
Shanghai is much more westernized in its attitudes. As you travel through China, different provinces have different attitudes. There's a city-to-city difference in attitudes. One city just fifty miles away from another may have drastically different attitudes toward many things.well, I went to a shop in Shanghai and played several instruments (without gloves). While I did buy one saxophone I had tried several (including a real Yanagisawa) and nobody told me you try you buy it.
I was once in a shop in Italy (Messaggerie Musicali in Milan) which refused me to try a mouthpiece on ground of " hygiene" ( first time ever, I think that shop is now gone)
Mr. Dolson I salute you. Thank you for being the voice of reason in this type of thread. There have been a few recently and often you are the lone voice defending what is right.What does it matter how such a piece of trash plays - especially one that is a COUNTERFEIT - a stolen brand name - a crime. Get it through your heads, please - these are FAKE. They could be as good as a real Yanagisawa and they still are FAKES - worthless to anyone with a sense of truth and ethics. DAVE