Can someone explain briefly why the selmer reference 36 is $6500 at Sax Uk and $9429 at WWBW?
probably because the uk was still part of eu when the horns were imported and there were no import fees. sax alley has them listed almost 1k less than wwbw. also, be aware that many states are closing loopholes related to buying mail order - i know colorado now requires that you declare, on your taxes, anything purchased without paying tax and then charges appropriately.Can someone explain briefly why the selmer reference 36 is $6500 at Sax Uk and $9429 at WWBW?
I seem to remember WWBW selling a substantially discounted Keilwerth Bass a few years ago. It may be that they agreed to take the horn from the distributor at a reduced price and offer it for a quick sale. About 2 years ago Quinn was selling high end Yanis at greatly discounted prices, he probably picked these up cheaply as they were the last of the 9** series.It is extremely rare for any shop to put hundreds of thousads $€£ into buying stock that may stay unsold for years. They generally only do this in case they have been offered an great discount. Shops don’t buy Selmers from the head office but from the distributors. THEY may stock (and occasionally discount).
Dutch shops all buy from the same source and they are the official Selmer importer BIN, they are not given any special price (certainly NOT from Selmer!)
I can't see the import itself being a pain , maybe some customs duty on $6500 ? The main pain with importing is when you need to send the item back (attempt to reclaim duty )I wonder if it is a pain for US based customers to buy from Sax UK. I mean the shipping and what not....
If you are talking about a Ref 36, crisp is the last word I'd use.On the subject of new horns- It has been my experience that they play better- ie CRISPER.