Ouch, wasn't aware of all the extra charges! That's a shame. I've told this story before but I stupidly sold my super 20 tenor (not a silver sonic) and regretted it. Then I saw it on Brian's website and immediately bought it back. And though I thought it played great before, when I got it back from Brian the difference in how it played was rather amazing. So Brian isn't kidding when he says it's properly set up. It does make a huge difference. So that's a consideration. Mine is a very early super 20 and it has that dark chocolate patina and it's just a monster horn. But I can see how that exchange rate sucks plus all the other charges. Still though, knowing it's going to be set up correctly is a real positive.indeed, very nice and nice price too, but very important to know that importing a sax costing $6,000 into the EU will result in the certain 21% of VAT + an undetermined “ handling through customs “ fee charged by postal service or couriers (let alone the fees to insure the shipment from the US of such a valuable instrument).
Also consider that since this morning the Euro, due to crisis concerning the Turkish lira and its exposition with European banks, the Euro is at an all time low against all the other currencies (perhaps only the pound is doing worse).
today the exchange rate is $6,000 = €5,270
Which probably would make a trip to the states worth its while to go and pick it up.
Yes, it would most certainly be worth the trip. That's excellent advice.well, even with the extra Value Added tax (virtually any item above €20 imported in the EU would be subject to VAT , which is not an import tax as such, in pactice this is mostly applied to large, insured, parcels) and the other fees, it would still be worth it, but the best thing would be to go there in person and bring the horn with you as you come back).
Happened to a friend of mine who brought a $2000 trumpet in from New York and declared its value at something like $75. He was let off with a small fine and confiscation of the instrument.If you leave the EU and come back with a horn, you will be in trouble if you do not declare this at customs. You might be lucky and pass the check without any problems, but if you don't, they will ask for a proof this was your horn before you left the EU. In any case, you will be very nervous when the plane touches down. I remember the story of a guy coming back from the States with a vintage Fender Stratocaster guitar and a bill of 150 USD. The customs guy was a dedicated guitar player and just smiled when he saw the bill.