Any time a manufacture only sells to dealerships we as the customer lose! The only reason for haveing dealerships is to avoid haveing to market and deal with the public. This free's the manufacture up and allows them to concentrate on what they do best which is mass produce instruments. This means it falls to private individuals and to massive chain stores to market the end product. So all the staffing,advertiseing,money collection, etc....is in someone else's hands. This also means we the customer get raped on the price of a instrument as well. Good Example: My sons rental was priced at $925 by Marshall Music it is a Chineese made Eastman 301 which is not even sold to the public. If you look online you can buy the next model up the Eastman 420 new for $399. Now that guy selling those Eastman 420's for $399 is not loseing money Marshall music is just rapeing unsespecting parent's that do not research things into over paying grossly for a Junk trumpet. Now this also tells us that the Eastman line does not have strong dealership controls or priceing controls in place yet. If they did they would have it set up so that no authorized dealership could sell a given product below a fixed lower limit price and their would also be a recomended price and then a cap as well. Then to make sure you buy from authorized dealership's they make it so the warranty is only valid if you make your purchase from an authorized dealership. This keeps discount house's out of the picture if they do not want to play ball on the priceing. Sometimes their will be a clause that will allow them go below that lower limit as long as that price is not advertised and only give to customer's as requested and this is when you see the "please call for quote" inthe price window online. I worked for GM doing qaulity control amoungst other things for 5 year's. one of the things I had access to was price per unit cost from our suppliers. GM use's a mark up system that goes like this. If a part like say a strut for a 1997 Buick Lesaber cost them $3.60 from gabriel or Delphi then they charge the Dealership $36.00 for the part. The dealership then charges $72 for that part with the occasional 30% discount to private garages that do a lot of business with them so they can use OEM part's and still mark it up to you as well. Haveing owned a few business's you would not believe how many consumer Electronics are like this. The guy brining them in from China is paying next to nothing for these goods and each step int he logistic chain the price doubles and then doubles again and then again until it reach's you. At some point the Chinese will finaly figure out how to make a good high quality product and they will be willing to sell diectly to the end user and this will kill the American Instrument Industry. We are already seeing the rental business flooded with Chinese made instruments. Why??? Because these instraments sell for far less to these business's which means that they have a higher profit margin. They really do not care since proably 1/2 of all band students quite after 1-2 year's so it is easy for them to last this long. Second if you stick with it long enough you will want to upgrade any ways after 2-4 year's of playing and if you do not want to the rental place will talk you into it!!! By the time you know you have been suckered you will be either getting out of band or you will be looking at a $2000-$4000 instrument from a more upscale company. If their are any American companies left it will be one of them. The American instrument companies have been milking the rental market for a long time say since 1950's. Their should never have been the differing levels of instruments to begin with student,intermediate,professional that was a marketing ploy to make more money. Fast forward 58 year's and it is going to be biteing them inthe rear soon. They can not compete with India,China,Taiwan when it comes to material cost, energy cost, labor rates or medical cost's. The only thing they have that is not in those other countries products is quality of construction and sound quality. If they do not do away with the stupid student,intermediate and pro marketing programs and focus on produceing the best instrument they can with a more reasonable price they will be out of business in less then 20 year's! In fact I am thinking that the only way these American companies will be able to stay in business is to focus on building a trumpet in this case that will sell new for $1000 that will last a lifetime if cared for and be a professional model say entry level pro. This does not mean they can not still have a $2000+ dollar line but it is going to have to sound increadable and offer things that have gone away like fancy engraveing, lot's of style, hand made craftsmanship etc..........The days of selling $1025 Holt 602 Student trumpets is comeing to a close. The alternative is to move manufactureing of student horns from the USA to China like Blessing has done. But as soon as you do that you have to lower the price on your instruments because people will not pay more for your Chinesse instrument then they will for Wung Fu's chinese instrument etc......... The really sad part is that Instruments are not rocket science and anyone that want's to build a quality instruments can with or with out manchinery. Currently the Chinese and other's are happy to build low grade junk and flood the market but that will pass. They do have their own space program and nuke's so it is not like they can not build precision devices when they want to. Taiwan prior to being returned to China was turning out a lot of precision machinery and capital goods. Same thing goes for India they also have Nuke's and more PHd. then the population of the USA! If they wanted to build something on par with a Bach Strad they could. So for any music store owners on this site something to think about! Let's hope that our American Instrument companies do not just keep milking the sytem until it goes belly up. I hate the fact that almost nothing I buy any more is American made. I am not some Union member that tries to tell everyone to buy American but it sure would be nice if some of my stuff was American made!