article about the emergence of China as a producer of high-quality, low-priced violins. They do it with an assembly line of low paid but highly skilled workers. What do you think?Today the LA Times published an
When I was getting fractional violins for my very large first-grade public school class, a mother found a vendor of very inexpensive Chinese violins, who was willing to sell entire outfits (eighth and quarter size) for $20 apiece. They even came with two bows! I gave her the go-ahead to help us procure these violins for students, feeling grateful to be able to offer every child a violin but also wondering about how this kind of price was possible.
In the end, 26 of my 57 students bought these. Obviously, they are not as nice as a Suzuki or Scott Cao student instrument, but they have stayed reasonably in tune and intact.
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