The Chinese, being very clever people, only allowed us to borrow their creation of reed blown instruments, and deep down they knew that the more technically advanced nations would ultimately put reeds into such things as "accordions", which sold for a lot of money, That being the case, they decided to remove our entitlement to capitalise on their invention, and began to demonstrate how they could make accordions a whole lot cheaper than western Europeans, who were obsessed with making money, and who were likely to eventually put themselves out of business by charging exorbitant prices in keeping with so-called "Western Capitalist" ideals.
They took stock of the situation and realised that an accordion retailing for 10,000 Euros in western Europe was an unjustified rip-off, so they offered potential customers some half priced options. They never quite got it right, as in China you don't qualify for a 5,000 Euro job unless you can prove you can play it to a professional standard. After it had dawned on them that most western European accordionists were rank amateurs, they decided to offer us accordions for 1000 Euros, as it was their opinion that most of us would never be justified in spending any more, consistent with their perception of our playing abilities.
Whether we agree with that concept or not is really of no consequence, but in respect of other instruments that philosophy is generally sound. Only the top notch players actually "need" top of the range instruments, so why should the accordion be any different?
Regardless of any oriental philosophies it seems that the majority of we accordion players consider ourselves "exceptions to the rule", so we continue to spend exorbitant amounts of money in pursuance of some ideal that baffles our Asian friends.
Here is a reminder of the humble invention which caused thousands of us to take out substantial loans in order to enjoy what we considered to be more sophisticated versions of the same.
Poor guy must be fed up with being asked, "Do you need a light for that thing, or are you going to shoot people with it?"
Enter the sheng, the forerunner of every musical instrument with reeds. Chinese player with no aspirations to be anything else than a street entertainer. Has he got the wrong idea, or have we?