I agree with you on that point. Really, you don't save a lot of money, but considering I saved 600 bucks, I can see where someone who has a bit of a financial problem would hesitate just going straight for the Strad. The only thing that's burning me is people saying that the Omega sucks. It doesn't, it may not have the purity of tone like a Strad or Kanstul, but it is definitely miles above a beginner horn. It will sing if you do your part.