It's been a bit hectic recently with masses of school instruments arriving. It's difficult to fit anything else in when there is a mountain of flutes to deal with. In the meantime we've had Roz Sluman's instrument to deal with, and they get a bit of hammer! I had to make a new neck tenon for her old Selmer. Quality counts with instruments which is why I try and keep a few decent beginner to intermediate instruments that are of a good, reliable construction.
The credit crunch is hitting everyone and I understand why everyone wants cheap instruments, but some of the cheaper new instruments just arent' up to scratch. It's far better to buy something second hand that is made by known manufacturers. The materials used and the construction is far better than most of the cheap products on sale today.