I posted this topic on vcom in case anyone is interested.
@Fiddlerman may or may not be interested. In particular, I'd be glad of an answer to the question, How long does it take a luthier to make a violin? I've emailed Yamaha to ask about their sales figures for acoustic instruments.
And I guess @fiddlershop's sales figures would be interesting too.
The thread is less about JTL and Yamaha and more about the size and nature of workshops in the past and now.
Wow, no orphans and no rollback!
My luthier suggested he could make a violin in a month if uninterrupted. That means he takes less than 300 hours, so I'll look very hard at his price tags in future, lol!
And I emailed Yamaha and they sent me a link to the home page of their website, so fudge 'em (Isaac Hayes/Chef reference from South Park)!