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Old 12-02-2020, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by mcduffnw View Post
I actually kinda think that Eastman will close USA Bourgeois in around 2 or 3 years time and move all production to their factory in China. Once they get the lay of the land as far as Dana's Boutique build/voicing style, they have way more than enough talent with their crew in China to build the top line models, and it doesn't make a lot of large factory business sense for them to keep Bourgeois going when they can do it in China at a huge cost savings. They just have to prove to the Bourgeois marketplace/buyer that they can build just as good a top line Bourgeois guitar in China as the US, and maybe even cut the top line model prices to the buyers from the overall production cost savings of making them in China.

Hope I am wrong to be sure, but I fear this is Eastman's overarching plan...alas...

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Originally Posted by paulzoom View Post
I would be glad to make a wager on that. Eastman is not dumb. They know the name Bourgeois has prestige. It's the reason they partnered with them in the first place. If they felt they could build as good a guitar, they wouldn't need to buy them in the first place. I will bet you that all three models (Bourgeous, Borgeous-Eastman hybrid, and Eastman) will all have their place in the marketplace.
I'd also take that bet. Eastman purchased Wm. S Haynes, which is a MA based woodwind company, making high end flutes and other instruments ($5-15k and up). And they still maintain Eastman Winds, which is more affordable instruments for students and others. I agree with Paul that there's plenty of room in the market for all three groups and price points and from their current sourcing.
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Old 12-03-2020, 10:38 AM
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I've seen buyers replace all the upper level talent within a year or two and others not change a thing, as long as profits remain. Never know what the future will bring.

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