Having been a peripatetic teacher for some 20 something years, I have recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of "foreign" made instruments into the market, either from India or China. I was astonished to read that Virtuosi "classic" instruments being made in the UK as i had alwasy associated this brand with cheap chinese copies of mediocre instruments. Some of my students have purchased these "classic" instruments and I have found them not to be as fantastic as their glowing reviews. I recently took one of my students instruments into my shed and performed what can only be described as an "autopsy" with my limited selection of tools and instrument repair skills [though not incompetant!] My findings were that these "British" made instruments are rather poorly assembled with a great deal of stress in the struts which would end up becoming unsoldered after time, and where the leadpipe joined the tuning slide the ends of the tubing were folded over and squashed in to make it fit which was one of the reasons the instrument was so stuffy. There was also poor allighnment on the valves which meant the air did not flow properly through the instrument. and a general lack of care and attention to solder joints where solder had been slopped on and the excess just left clogging up the inside of the instrument. All this carelessness is a clear sign of mass production, which begs the question whether these instruments are actually "British" or if they are infact still cheap cinese instruments. Although these instruments look nice and shiny, unlike other instruments in the market made in china (such as JP instruments) the standard of the build quality seems still to be very poor. After reassembling the instrument it now blows much better -although it looks a bit messy from the outside, at least i know that this one IS british built! I would advise anyone considering buying one of these "British" made instruments to consult a third party before making a purchase as i can see these instruments falling apart after only a couple of years.