Ah - I see the problem.... I was responding to your message which didn't have any reference to the Music Room at all in it. It seemed to me that you were bemoaning the cost of shipping and taxes (which would be the same for getting a box from other US makers).
Forgive me Richard but you appear to have missed my (admittedly laboured) point: you, being the US maker, charge by your own reckoning a reasonable 886 GBP (plus shipping etc.). The Music Room on the other hand charge 1579 GBP - almost DOUBLE - that's the premium and a rather excessive one if justified on the basis of cutting your modest wait times and having the chance for "very rare" warranty work to be carried out in the UK.
No more so than buying from another US maker.
It's still one heck of a premium!
If you buy it from us directly you'll have to wait a few months to get it and would need to ship it back to us for warranty work (a *very* rare happenstance) or pay to have such work done more locally to you.
Good to be on the same page now. Thanks for the clarification!
-- Rich --
Looking back, it was me that raised the cost of shipping and taxes and I was not really bemoaning the cost, rather making the point that if you buy direct from the US you have to add those costs to the quoted dollar price and by doing that you come up with a figure much closer to the Music Room's asking price than the figure quoted by Old Leaky.
As to whether you consider the Music Room's asking price unreasonable is a matter of personal opinion. At the time I bought my Morse concertina, the exchange rate was around $1.80 to the pound so the two figures were closer than they are now.
As to my own situation, I chose to go the Music Room initially because I did not feel comfortable ordering a concertina sight unseen from the US, however good the reputation of the maker. I did in fact look at the websites of a number of concertina makers both here and in the US and also contacted the UK based ones. I chose to go to the Music Room because I could try instruments out and in fact got to try six different instruments from four different makers. I chose the Morse because it felt right for me and I have no reason to regret that decision. Being able to take it home was a bonus, given that makers I contacted quoted delivery times varying from three to twelve months.
Subsequently I have also had to take advantage of the warranty as I had problems with valves not closing properly on some reeds and their leaking air. The problem turned out to be some weak springs and the Music Room had to order new from the US. Nevertheless I got my concertina back in about two weeks, somewhat less than the several months quoted by Richard Morse above for sending it back to the US, so in that respect, buying locally paid off.
All that said, I do agree that the Music Room's price is high and I thought so at the time. However I felt that being able to go and try the instruments out for myself was extremely important, so I was, for that reason, prepared to pay the price and again, I am glad I did because I feel that the choice I made was a properly informed one.
As I said, I do not regret the decisions I made and I have an excellent instrument which I thoroughly enjoy playing, so big thank you to Richard Morse for his excellent Anglos.