I have been shopping for new and used cnc machinery for years and the price tag I will consider has been gradually been increasing over the years. My dream machine costs around $540,000. Yes, that's half a million dollars and I want one. But get this...the machine tool salesmen think I'm crazy for wanting more options on my machines. The conversation with salesmen (they're always men) is the same each time. They ask to see the parts I'm making and emphasize that I should only buy what I need and no more. I disagree. Buying a machine that produces the part in my hand only repeats what I've done before. I want to stretch the design to the limits and this requires more machining options rather than buying more of my existing limits. I explain this and they disagree with me, then I call the next company and repeat the process. The first guy could have sold me a 5-axis vmc had he simply opened his eyes to possibilities. I want solutions to problems I have yet to create by pushing the design of trumpets. Why don't they get this?
So far, Hurco, Haas, Toyoda and Makino have lost my business to lack of imagination. Ironically, the Taiwanese toolmakers seem to be the receptive audience. Maybe this is why Japan, Taiwan and China dominate manufacturing...they try to see the future before it slaps them in the face!
One of these days (hopefully be the end of this year) I'll have a 7-axis turning/milling center. This will change trumpet design dramatically in my little world. Imagine the entire trumpet as modular with interchangeable components switched out in seconds or minutes yourself at home without the need of solder or the risk of plating or surface finish. I can't wait to buy this machine the salesmen don't want to sell to me!