Posted by Chuck(G) on April 24, 2002 at 10:41:19:
In Reply to: Re: Re: How Many Tubas Are Made a Day? posted by Jarrod on April 24, 2002 at 09:41:04:
Speed of production doesn't necessarily relate to quality. The quality of a 60's era Studebaker is MUCH lower than the cheapest Chevy made today, even though it took much less time to build the Chevy.
The trick is integrating technology into the production process to produce a better product faster. I believe that this can be done for just about any product, be it Palm Pilots or tubas. The problems arise when the technology hasn't been developed sufficiently to allow a quality product to be created.
High-end tubas, such as the ones Mr. Nisrchl and his workmen build, are currently mostly a product of a labor-intensive process. Could technology be brought to bear so that product uniformity wouild rise and average worker time investment and skill would drop? I think the answer would be "yes", but there's a huge capital investment that would need to be made and then there's the matter of market demand.