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Thanks for the clarifications – I’m really looking forward to finally getting mine (I’m waiting to build a new studio around it).

As with any other place in the world, some Chinese factories produce to high quality standards, some much more variable. One of the things I do is manufacture ridiculously over-engineered guitar slides, made from solid tungsten carbide. I source my carbide from the EU or USA, but they are made down the road from me in London, in a specialist workshop. I looked at manufacturing in China, where around 80% of the world’s carbide originates. And yes, it would be cheaper, but by the time they have been shipped round the world, duties paid etc. not by nearly as much as you would think.

And I don’t believe I could achieve anywhere near the level of quality I do at present. I inspect each slide – if there is any blemish or issue, it goes back into the workshop there and then to be sorted – and can assure my customers that every one is absolutely perfect. Not sure how I would do that with a factory in China…

I spoke to some guys in the UK who manufacture quite high-end products out in China for import to the UK about how they deal with this type of quality issue. The answer… they don’t – they accept the variable quality and let their customers raise it if it’s unacceptable…

Anyways, I hope when I finally get my QU32 that the quality is up to that of the QU24 I returned – which felt extremely solid and worked flawlessly.