Hi all, Whats your opinions on companies that use other peoples products, market them as their own and then add a significant price increase onto it. I've been looking at new cornets in particular smith and watkins. They have a k2 cornet which sells for approx £2500. After some research it seems Kanstul (the American based company) makes either all or most of the smith and watkins range. However there are several companies in Europe selling the exact same cornet as the k2 (a kanstul 1531) which can be bought for under £1500. Are there more brass manufacturers selling products as their own but using other peoples and just adding a large wedge on for themselves? Im sure smith&watkins will say there have been tweaks and mods to their instruments but is it worth£1000? whats your views?