I read a magazine in german a while back and the editorial was so enlightening that I wanted to paraphrase it for you. My thanks to a DIY editor for building speakers, Mr. Timmermanns for the idea! We are accustomed that electronic parts can be built very close to a theoretical ideal. How they work can be discovered in any textbook. Microprocessors add 1+1 and always get 2. The same is true of compressors for air pressure, frequency generators for test tones and amplification for volume. They can be precisely measured , quantified and stored for future reference. What you put in, comes reliably out of the other side, time after time! Take any 2 instruments, though and try to measure or simulate them and you see very large variances in performance - perhaps neither comes close to any preconceived ideal. Developments in parts and machines are always towards a defined goal that is absolute. If we need 1000Hz, 10 or 15% more or less will just not suffice! Building musical instruments does not work like this as the materials, the construction, even the expectations of the customer base cannot be 100% predefined. The goal of building a "best trumpet" is therefore "dead" before we even start! An artisan, or even a large manufacturer has a very complex situation, where perfection cannot be described, where the materials and construction tolerances also do not help and where the customer can change their mind during the development process. We still have artisans that are able to create instruments that satisfy their customers. If Art or merely sympathetic understanding is necessary, is insignificant. It is a fact that building quality instruments is far more than the process of technical development. Those handful of artisans are truely something special - with solutions closer to perfect than any scientist could describe. My deepest respect to all of you that are willing to take on those odds! We sure do not make life "easy" for you! Any of you have examples of that "extra mile"?