But at a lot more effort as every other brand. If the same effort going into playing Jupiter horns were put into a more quality horn it would sound fantastic, not just alright.
Let's break this down...
Jupiter makes instruments that are a bit lower cost than some other players out there. This lower cost means that the experience (corps, band, whatever) is available to a larger number of kids due to the fact that it is more affordable. Without Jupiter and other brands that are in this segment, the barrier to entry would be higher than some groups, and subsequently a large number of kids, could reach.
This is not about effort. This is about expense. If Jupiter were to invest considerably more in R&D, either their cost of goods would go up, or their margins would tighten... which could threaten their ability to be a sustainable player in the market... or cause their shareholder to divert attention and resources to more profitable activities.
I'm absolutely glad that are a wide range of manufacturers out there that are providing a wide range of equipment for a wide range of budgets. I even hope that more low end Chinese manufacturers are able to break into the market to make the entry-level experience more affordable to kids across the socio-economic spectrum.
So... as for the cheap, inferior quality equipment..... yes, please! Bring it on... by the truckload, boatload, make it available in Wal-Mart... give more kids access to music... and opportunities to step up as they grow.