sorynzar wrote:I think we should also add that in each case an individual purchases the instrument, not the effects it is capable of producing. In this sense a guarantee can only be given for the instruments components, not its ability to broadcast a trend. That's the legal jargon out of the way.
There are already such limited warranties. A standard disclaimer says a product is not warrantied for "merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose." In other words, whether it works for what you use it for, and whether that use has any value to you, is not the responsibility of the maker, it's the responsibility of the user. Just because I make a musical instrument, I don't guarantee that the person I sell it to will be able to play it, even if it's the best one in the world.
If you're good enough, you can even play the worst one... (hey, an excuse to use the "YouTube" tag!)
"Hey, Ray... this piano's no good, the action is shot!"
With any luck the US will get it's act together, and legalise the practice across all states. What harm can it do? Oh wait, I just remembered uncle chuckies material!
If the powers-that-be notice Uncle Chuckie at all, they think he's bonkers. And that is exactly what Uncle Chuckie wants them to think.