To: [email protected]
Subject: Questions about your trumpets
These are several questions that I have about your horns that can only be answered by your company directly. My first question is about the cupronickel horns. How much nickel do you use to the copper, and how can you still offer such a competitively-priced horn using such a more expensive metal than zinc? Do you use any other metals in the alloys you use? Does the cupronickel produce a sound similar or superior to brass?
Also, I have several questions about the Jinbao facility and it's employees. What are their average wages, and how do they compare with other industries in your country? What is their average experience level with trumpet making/soldering/testing of horns? How much of the horn is hand-made?
Many of these questions, if you can answer them, will be a part of a paper I am planning to write over trumpet making. It is an exhaustive process, collecting every single detail from the purchase of the raw or scrap metals to the costs of the machinery that draw the leadpipes. I apologize if I am asking questions you may not feel comfortable answering, and you do not have to answer all of them. They were just questions that I, among others, were wondering about.
Van Bryant, II