We're still hung up on finding a shop to mass produce our reeds though I'm very hopeful of the current one we're working with.
Can you please tell me more about the much-anticipated Morse Hayden?
- How many keys?
- How much do you expect to charge?
- If your reed maker works out, when will you begin production?
- Give your existing pre-orders, if one were place a pre-order today, when could one expect to take delivery?
We are expecting our Hayden to have 56 keys though it's possible that there may be a couple more depending on how we can squeeze them in. Our goal is to produce a very high quality, fast and supple box that will play in Bb (identically fingered in addition to the "standard" keys of C,D,E,F,G,A) and be fully chromatic to top out at the E (above "high" D) while keeping the size as small and box as light as practical.
We expect that our Hayden will retail for between $2500 and $3000.
I've been burned on time estimates for so long now I'll just have to say that they'll be ready when they're ready. Based on our prototype-to-production timing of our last two models, I would say that we should be able to produce our Haydens around 6 to 8 months after we get our reed machinist on line. Keep in mind that even though I have high hopes for the current guy, we've spent considerable time with each of about 15 machinists (that didn't work out) since last December....
Once we know that all our ducks are in line, and only then, will we be begin taking orders. OTOH, we do have a wish list for our Haydens which is currently several dozen people long. This differs from an order or pre-order list in that we do not take a deposit and those people are not under any obligation to buy anything. The Hayden wish list is just a notification device so that they will be the first to be notified when we will be accepting orders.
Once we do start producing, we estimate that we should be able to produce about 50 Haydens in the first year. So if only half the Wish List folks get a jump on orders before you do, your Morse Hayden delivery may be something like a year and a half away.
Following the example of the Concertina Connection's offer to buy back its Jackie student English models at full price on the purchase of one of its more up-scale Englishes, can you commit to buy back the Button Box's Stagi Haydens from those upgrading to a Morris Hayden when they become available?
We do not have an "upgrade" buy-back program. Any instruments we purchase (outright or in value toward another purchase either originating from us or another outlet/maker) is done at market value - not original purchase price. We DO have a full-price "returns" policy for a set period after a sale (which is a different situation than what you are asking).
All else being equal, and with the full understanding that the folks at the Button Box and Marcus Music are good friends, what specfic advantages will your Hayden have over that version being produced by Marcus Music, that would lead the wise and informed consumer to buy yours rather than Marcus'?
Actually, there isn't much "equal" between the Morse and Marcus Haydens, so there will be an appreciable reason for folks to gravitate toward one or the other. They are quite different boxes. Rather than advantages, I would say that they each have differing features?
The Marcus seems to have greater range (65 keys - starts about 1/2 octave lower), more overlap (1 1/3 octaves), and more enharmonic duplicates (allowing reasonable Eb functionality) than our Hayden. I don't know what type of reeds they have or how much they are/will be selling for.
Our Morse will be somewhat smaller and lighter, will have raised wood ends, and have real concertina reeds. It will be a substantial step up in quality from our current models.