AFAIK currently (maybe not in the past) at least all "lower end" E.Soprani accordions are made in China and then "quality checked" in Italy. I do not believe "finished" means anything other than that they check that everything is working as it should. The meaning could be similar to the "Made in Germany" stamp found on Hohner Morino N and S series accordions that were made by Excelsior in Italy...Hello again are e Soprani accordions made in or finished in Italy and are they good.CJ
Yes I agree that it is a shame that more and more things are manufactured in China however I think that a lot of the blame belongs to the "western owners " who happily move their production to China and then spend considerable effort disguising how this happened. Yes, also the Chinese manufacturers are extremely aggressive and predatory but in most cases the production was moved voluntarily.I think we in the west need to wake up and smell the coffee as to whats happening in China.
Sorry its a political point we need to make sure western business survive and not taken over by Chinese government supported entities. As we know in that country freedom is limited and they have been making threating remarks to the west. I recently retired from the communications industry and the Chinese competitors stole the patents ( from a well known American multinational radio communications company )on digital audio circuitry in portable radio devices. They were ultimately fined 750,000 dollars. They are still fighting it in the courts.
This is all public knowledge not fake NEWS. Lets call a spade a spade.
Very true! People tend to forget about the past all too quickly. Soon after WWII the Japanese started making lots of products, most of which were considered junk. But they learned quickly and not too long after they became dominant in things like consumer electronics, high end audio and photography...Someone once built a whole philosophy on the idea that nothing is as constant as change.
The world is a changing place: we need to live with it!
Sadly I have to disagree with "In this world you get what you pay for" because in our (capitalist) economy manufacturers/sellers maximize their profits by aiming for giving you as little as possible for what you pay. It is a constant consumer struggle to try to get what you pay for....
As a young gent I always remember advice given to me by my elders, it's an old quote "IN THIS WORLD YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR".
I agree with most of what you said. The part i disagree with is that there are still artisans around. Some of them work in factories, and getting them to leave their jobs in Italy, for example, to perform the same tasks in, say, New York, for much better pay would have worked and did work a century ago. But now? I sincerely doubt it.Alan,
"What are the chances?"
The problem is, by now, the entire body of skilled artisans has died out and would need to be replaced .
Also, unless protected by tarriffs, they would be undersold by cheap imports.
All this was foreseeable: so much for the
"global economy "!
The "con" in economy should have been a clue!
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