Re: Import v.s. kit
I bet if you gave a kit to a talented builder who carved the plates well, and applied a very good finish (all for no extra charge) the kit would likely be superior. If you gave the kit to me, the $700-$1000 import would be superior. The quality of the instrument depends totally on the skill and quality of work that went into the construction, asuming the components you start with aren't defective.
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