Hey guys, just wanted your opinion this morning... What do you think is the future of the brass instrument business in the States?
It just seems with so many things getting bought-out and outsourced, what do you think the future of big brass instrument companies holds for the United States?
Big things that come to mind are...
-The Eastman-shires buyout
-Chinese Bach student horns
-Chinese Yamaha horns (not American, but interesting to move from Japan to Yamaha for student horns...
-Countless other 'stamp' horns from china (that actually aren't that bad)
I'm not the biggest patriot in the world here, but it pains me to see that these local companies with so much influence on brass instrument construction are just throwing in the towel for cheaper metal and construction costs.
What do you think the future of American brass horns are? Do you think Conn-Selmer, Getzen, and Kanstul (among others) can make a profit keeping production in the States?