Subscribing (as I do) to Alibaba I get all kinds of weird and wonderful offers – almost on a daily basis. But the best, it would seem, is hidden in the depths on the website of Hakam Din and Sons – from Pakistan, established since 1910. On their FAQ page, is this amazing statement –
Answer)- The priceless hands of our craftsmen are waiting to give a new life to your priceless instrument. It doesn’t matter which instrument it is, how old it is, how bad it is or what make it is, you can get it overhauled for US $50 only. (Note: You are responsible for shipping charges to and from Hakam Din. We recommend that you insure your package as well.)
$50 ? Even at third-world labour rates, that’s amazing… If it wasn’t for the potentially prohibitive cost of sending a package to/from Pakistan, I’d be quite tempted to send them a battered, pad-less, C-Mel to see exactly what they’d do for $50…
P.S. Wonderful address… 21/176 Hakam Din Street – Sialkot 51310 – PAKISTAN – I’d just love to see a picture of the factory !