Forum Contributor 2016, Distinguished SOTW Member
It seems like this is a difficult business. More and more craftsman are dropping off the map. Rafael Navarro, Fred Lebayle, Benjamin Allen, Liu Shizhao, Phil Barone, etc........ I just did a review for a JX Custom tenor mouthpiece and have heard from 20-30 people who wanted to order one but the maker isn't responding to emails. Is this a case where an artists mindset is not in sync with a business mindset I wonder? I was thinking of all the art galleries around my area. The artists just focus on creating their masterpieces and then hand them off to the galleries. It seems like they don't want to be bothered with the interpersonal back and forth of dealing with customers. I can see how making something you think is amazing and then having a customer who is unimpressed could wear thin on an artist or craftsman pretty quickly..........