Grafton + TH & C alto || Naked Lady 10M || TT soprano || Martin Comm III
Yes. (medium probably)If you sourced a manufacturer in Europe (to keep it general), would you have a high/med/low level of concern with bait and switch style production, or degrading quality of product, versus the ones you looked at as "samples?
Yes again. Higher I would think but you need to balance the low cost with a higher domestic QC cost as I mentioned above. The problem is when importers expect to pay a third of the price but get the same QC at source, rather than doing some of it themselves.Now ask that question for mainland China.
I think you may be referring to things I have said, and just to clarify they were not about SOTW members (with a couple of exceptions you might expect in a large community) but about some importers I have met.If we have to tip toe around every little phrase, and not understand that we are not degrading a people or nation but an industry in a country when we say "Chinese horns", and its generally well-demonstrated variability in production and quality (for whatever reason or rationale), than we should just give up trying to communicate via writing.
Nor was it about people using the term "Chinese horns", but rather terms like "the Chinese can't make good instruments."
I apologise for giving the wrong impression. There is a huge amount of shoddy goods coming from there, but lets not forget there are also some very high quality goods - Dhi Zao flutes spring to mind as well as some excellent saxophones that you need to dig around to find.