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hey everybody who can make this for yourselves for a tenth of the cost - why do you have time to do this? and have you ever made anything that was well-made?
*grin* Those of us who can, do. It's more a matter of principle and priority than anything else. This, being nothing more than steamed and laminated plywood, is dead simple to do. Honestly, I've seen better workmanship out of disciplined highschool kids...
But the flip side of the coin is that doing so takes time. If you're pressed for time, and/or you don't enjoy woodworking, there's not a whole lot of incentive to do it yourself. I can understand and appreciate that, while simultaneously decrying Sieveking's absurd price.
My objection - and, as I understand it, a lot of others' objections - is that there really isn't anything in this that makes it worth $120, much less its $200 MSRP. The wood itself, even going with full-blown exotics, doesn't cost that much. Steam-bending is easily done with a high-temp plastic bag, a steam generator, and a form (I usually make them from scraps of other projects). Glue-up, cleanup, etc. just takes time and some sandpaper. And then it's on to finishing, which is really just time and sandpaper.
It seems like they're just really proud of themselves.
A rational comment that I can appreciate.
Thank you. You keep me sane around here.
sounds like you need to get into this business
Nahhh. I like it too much as a hobby to turn it into a business. Got other stuff for that. :)