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Hi gwalmer. I asked a similar question on this forum a month ago. Fiddlerman, who should know since he personally is involved with Asian instrument import, said no significant price increase has occurred yet.
I can tell you that I have noticed something odd with eBay regarding the second hand market. I scan several categories of auctions on a daily basis and, so far, September has been unique. I had thought that with the start of school that the site should be flooded with instruments. The month is more than half gone and I have yet to see anything of interest.
Multiple “professional” auctions were posted on the same day for new electric violin packages with shipping and, a few days later, new acoustic cello packages with shipping with buy it now prices much less than the cost of postage. I think these were a fraud (50 auctions for cellos at $25 is still $1225 when you don’t send anything).
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The Office of the United States Trade Representative posted this crazy long list of 5,745 items covered by the new $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports:
It starts with 10% on September 24th and goes up to 25% in January.
This is the Trade Office article that links to the above pdf:
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