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- Apr 30, 2013
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donn said:I suppose its easier to think about it in terms of what makes economic sense, and why. Of course China could make a great accordion - as could Saudi Arabia etc., but that doesnt mean it would make any sense to do it. It seems to me though that the made-in-China business model is to serve the buyer who wants above all to get the lowest possible price. That accounts for almost everyone, and the few who will pay significantly more for a new accordion are easily served by whats left of 1st world production. Chinas intrinsic advantages - low standard of living, compliant workforce - are dwindling anyway, and what keeps them in business is the established industrial infrastructure that has moved there from the 1st world. To the extent thats relevant to accordion manufacture, they could capture a larger segment of the market than would make sense strictly from a labor cost perspective - but Im guessing it isnt really relevant, that accordion manufacture remains pretty low tech. Do the higher end makes still use Italian reeds, even when not made in Italy? I think so.
Many thanks Flatstanley. I cant find where the info came from that included it in the list, but I do agree its erroneous and Ive edited it accordioningly.flatstanley said:Soulsaver, many thanks for providing this list - excellent for trying to navigate around Italian sounding Chinese makes. One slight amendment is that Firotti was the brand of Fritz Rockstroh from Georgenthal, East Germany, so not Chinese.
Thanks Jim. I think we saw a Chinese example of it when we included it, but I couldnt be sure. Ive edited the list to reflect the current understanding.JIM D. said:Yes the brand Firotti was from a German firm that made accordions very similar to Hohner and Weltmeister in the past. If you find an older Firotti for sale that looks like on of these, its German --
Dealers that sell Chinese boxes will in most cases use a brand name of a product that is no longer produced. New accordions advertised with the Firotti brand name are indeed just another China Box.
landro said:I have seen more than one Chinese maker offer Italian reeds in their line for little or no extra cost. No doubt they would be of a typical export grade .
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