And i can't remember the last thing ( apart from chocolate) that came from swizerland, or even germany
... these people have a low standard of living, exploiting it will keep TAMA profitable/competitive.
It is pretty easy to find similar pictures of places in the US during the 20th century and first-hand descriptions of similar situations in 18th-19th century England and the 19th century in the US. China is not alone in their current disregard for health and the environment.
It may be easy, but its also just as easy to find the quality of the product made then was just as low. Early-mid 20th century drums made in the USA offer some good examples, overall the quality wasn't that great. All the way through the 60's (high pollution rates) we can find many (more than today) examples of shoddy workmanship within the drum industry. Stress of the times, pollution etc. played a part, currently big factors in China today. Factor in workers just showing up to a job and under QC scrutiny, product will bear the effects.
I personally do not care to own drums made under such conditions, as I consider myself sensitive enough to be aware of the effects on humanity, the planet and my art.
How do you think that the quality of living you enjoy today came about?
America was founded with a Bill of Rights and a Constitution.
China is a communist country, research its history, it does not want to become USA 2.0
China becoming a Constitutional Republic, a free nation b/c America buys their goods? Fantasy.
Industry is not the provider of freedom(s)
I will not support TAMA, too many better choices.
Just who are we, on this forum or any other to throw stones?
The beauty and the beast of capitalism is making money by giving the market (us) what it demands. We all want DW Collectors....but, some of us have CB-700 budgets. The result used to be we had to play CB-700's. Not anymore, I can have a kit just as nice as Johnny's...for 1/2 the price. I can't buy it at Bob's Music down the street....he starved trying to compete with GC/MF and I will have to order it...but I'll save $$$ off of what he woulda charged.
Or, I could jump in the trusty old Ford...built by some guy who never met a dog he wouldn't like to taste, fill it full of $4 a gallon gas ( that's not real gas but 15% ethanol, so why aint it cheaper)from a station with a prayer rug in the corner and drive to Atlanta and pick it up. Of course, then I'd have to pay sales tax....and dagnabbit, the Govt. gets too much of my monthly check as it is.
So, why ARE we bitchin about TAMA? We demanded that they give us a superior product for less money. They are following the business model of every conglomerate before them. We got us here....
Still no answer as to what happened to the (Japan) SC maples. I keep getting "you can still order them" but did anyone tell that to the friendly GC man? Why Bubinga and not Maple in the catalogue?