Saturday, June 28, 2014

Imagine If Pipes Were Sold Like Guitars?

Aside from writing, I am a musician by trade. I've been playing guitar for many years and I am still enjoying my career.  I was recently in a "big box" music store, recently, and some of the things I saw people do to some of the guitars broke my heart.  Guys wearing tank top shirts that smell like it's been weeks since either saw some soap, putting guitars under their arms and abusing them; little kids putting their sticky hands all over the delicate rosewood fretboards; teens with metal bracelets banging away on $10k Martin acoustics.  When someone finally decides to purchase one of these guitars, the store charges full price.

So I started wondering what it would be like if pipes were marketed and sold the same ways as guitars are.  Can you imagine a $3k Castello being picked up and handled by anyone, smoked, chomped, reamed, scorched, banged against the wall, etc. and then paying full price?  Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?  Well, it IS ridiculous and it should not be practiced in either business!  

So now it's your turn!  Tell us what you think! Would you buy a pipe (as "new") if it had been abused, smoked repeatedly, etc, by customers of the shop?

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