O> On the other hand, one is tempted by a copy of the Colmar Ruckers by
> Famous Maker. The base price of this instrument is $50,000 US,
no instrument is worth that much, bar none, much less without a stand
Anybody who pays that much....
Ian Pleeth got his original Transuntino for much less.
BTW Ruckers do not have leathered slides.
> On the one recording I
> have, it comes so close to the sound of the original that I would easily be
> fooled if I didn't know it was a copy.
recording are not trutsworthy anyway
However, I have heard rumors that
> this maker's instruments are sometimes subject to considerable structural
> If I lived close to such a maker and felt assured that he would stand by his
That is a VERY BIG if!
OTOH, any responsible and honest builder will stand by his instruments.
I will and I know John Phillips or Owen or Mike Johnson or Hendrik do...