Date: 2006-08-24 22:35
clarnibass, there's more than Mark C's recent thread that I've heard negative things about her. You also have to look at who it is making the accusations and why. My teacher has ordred instruments for his students from her for many many years and they're all very good, one might even call them superior.
Yes, I certainly paid more than what I would here at a store in Australia, however, I would have had just as many to select from (ok so probably more) but here it's more about getting the duds out of the way so you can try the good ones, and even then there are still problems. This purchase ends more than 12 months of searching locally for an R13 (Or Prestige, or RC) that is better than my Leblanc Concerto.
All I paid was $33 quarantine fee. I was told by FedEx I'd have to pay GST (10% Goods and Services Tax) before they would deliver but this never eventuated. An error on their part I do not know.
At the end of the day, I now own an instrument which is superior to what I was using before. Makes a better sound, is more even, doesn't have as many problems. THAT is worth upgrading for at any cost!
Principal Clarinet, Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, London
Masters Graduate, Royal College of Music, London