The Shanghai show is always great. We are busy from the moment the show starts until well after it ends. I've been to the Shanghai show and given enough repair talks in that area now that I have a new family there. I'm excited for that time.
After the show, the Chateau guys and me fly off to Qingdao. Qingdao is a town that I only knew for its tasty beer. Although it's spelled differently, Qingdao is where they make TsingTao (sounds like Ching-dow) beer. Last year I went to Qingdao and had a great time. It's a beautiful, clean, and picturesque coastal city. I could easily live in Qingdao and I can't wait to go back.
After Qingdao, I will visit a few instrument factories. Most of the saxophone manufacturing occurs in the northeastern part of China around Beijing. My reasons for going are little different at each factory. But no matter the reason, I always enjoy seeing how one company solves a problem differently than another. Amongst other goals, I hope to visit both factories where they are currently manufacturing bass saxophones.
My trip to China will be over two weeks long. Then, as soon as I get back, I'll head to Columbus, Georgia for the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC). This event takes place from Oct 23-26 at Columbus State University and features an international solo saxophone competition, masterclasses, a large exhibit hall, and recitals.
Of course, I'll be available by email and texting etc...so don't be afraid to write me while I travel. If there is anything I can do for you while I'm in China at the trade show and the factories, or while I'm in Georgia, don't hesitate to let me know! -Curt