If the rapid improvement by these makers is any indication, it is totally possible that the future will point to some pretty exceptional pianos.
Which would require some adjustment of thinking where we're really at today.
I'm not sure where you are going with this thread...
From a rebuilder's perspective, seeing Chinese pianos appear in the $40K department is great news. Not only can the best of us (rebuilders) compete with this, we can turn out instruments that are actually made of wood (instead of MDF/coated with plastic), that are incredible custom instruments, for a bit less than 40K. We can do it locally, with materials grown and produced in this country. We can do this by offering clients a way around the hype of the showroom floor. We can do this competing, at this price on price alone. But once we are on a level playing field we offer way more than price comparison...we offer the necessary long term relationship with the artisan/designer who created the instrument, and we offer a real connection to both the client relationship and the piano...one can't ship this in a container from the East.
Higher priced Chinese products mean that the only advantage that anything coming from China has, which is price point, has been voluntarily relinquished...bad idea China...at least outside of China.
None of my clients who own Chinese instruments have any personal or emotional or financial commitment to these instruments...they just buy them because they are cheap. If anything they are a stepping stone to an instrument they can imagine having some personal connection to. Though, to a person, they are frustrated with their Chinese pianos, they resolutely cannot imagine actually spending money on them to finish building them, and or correct gross fabrication blow-outs, because why would you put any more money into something that has no value.
If the Chinese get to a point where they are producing good instruments at prices competitive with the larger market place, it means the skewed playing field has been leveled. This is great news for all of us in the developed world.
Further, you look at current demographic and monetary conditions within China and project those conditions as if they will remain constant in the next ten years...ha...good luck...thank goodness for the internet. Educated and internet savvy young will not put up with what their parents put up with, much like the children of immigrant parents in this country.
Look at the Chinese demographics and current societal trends. The young are not, to their elder's dismay, following in the workaholic-for-the-fatherland mind set...thank goodness...and are just as interested in having an enjoyable, fun, non-indentured servant life as the rest of the developed world's young.
Bring on the higher priced, better products China...it is good for the whole developed world.