I get what you're saying, and you're right. That's just an excuse. When I was 19 (more than 20 years ago) I bought a Buffet-Crampon R13 clarinet. It's the PRS McCarty 10-top of clarinets, and priced similarly. I was an instrumental music ed major and my clarinet teacher told me I needed the best tools. And he was absolutely right. A professional carpenter wouldn't use no-name tools, so I shouldn't either. I played the hell out of that thing and kept it maintained. Replaced the pads every couple years, kept the silver keys polished. It was great, and I miss that thing. I sold it five or six years ago when I had a pile of debt. Sold it for more than I paid for it because in 1996 dollars I got it for $1500. The new buyer got a $1000 discount and I pocketed some cash (and it was my cash; I worked my tail off that summer to afford it). Wish I could have bought 3 or 4, since it was an investment at that point. I must have played 20 instruments that day, and that was one of the coolest experiences of my life. One day I'll go for a core PRS, I'm sure. But that day isn't today.