Guitar wrote:$900 tuners exist because $600 tuners used to be the most expensive tuners you could buy, so someone decided he wanted something even more exclusive. If tomorrow, someone makes a $1200 set of tuners, they will sell to the very same person who was once satisfied with his $900 tuners.
It's really no different than why a man pays $150,000 for a Patek Phillipe.
It's because he wants to set himself apart from the man who paid $25,000 for a Audemars Piguet, who was setting himself apart from the man who paid $9000 for a Rolex, who was setting himself apart from the man who paid $80 for a Seiko, who was setting himself apart from the man who kept time with his cel phone.
This "one-upsmanship" Y Factor is essentially 100% of what drives the high end of any market. Doesn't matter if it's guitars, guitar tuners, wristwatches, the man who insists that only Lie Nielsen tools will do for his workshop, the man who spends $300,000 to buy a 1959 Les Paul, or $3,000,000 for a Stradivarius.
Mans desire to set himself apart from the pack with devices that conspicuously imply his 'superiority' has its basis in hard-wired impulses of human ego. The phenomena detaches itself from rational thought and reason pretty early on during it's evolution.
Alexandru Marian wrote:Come on guys lets not exaggerate all this. A high end tuner is not crazy "art" that snobs pays fortunes on. They operate much more smoothly and precisely compared to a cheap tuner. They are made from higher quality materials and in most cases they are (undeniably) artistically engraved. They are slowly made by a guy who needs to make a living, not poured by machines. If a nice tuner is too much for somebody, I really hope/she doesn't play anything more expensive than a 500$ factory guitar.
Alexandru Marian wrote:...They are slowly made by a guy who needs to make a living, not poured by machines...
Alexandru Marian wrote:...If a nice tuner is too much for somebody, I really hope/she doesn't play anything more expensive than a 500$ factory guitar...
bacsidoan wrote:They are trying to make a living that they think is commensurate to their skills. If you think that their prices are excessive, then don't buy their machines.
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