OK, here's my question: What do manufacturers have to gain by this policy? My guess is the MOTIF over there is pretty much the same hardware as the one over here, perhaps with a different display and Japanese OS. That in itself might be a big enough pain in the ass to make a company not want to deal with it. Could be that Yamaha Japan and Yamaha US are two totally different companies for legal reasons that are way beyond this boy. Even though the gear could come from the same factory, I bet something screwy goes on like Yamaha Japan has to sell it to Yamaha US. Mark Sottilaro On Thursday, August 14, 2003, at 08:59 AM, Jeff Shirkey wrote: >> >> Ok, so the LOCAL DEALER says they won't touch your device. Big deal. > > Maybe this will clear things up. The president of Yamaha USA > apparently said, while on the phone with my dealer (who isn't exactly > local...rather, one of the sales reps from a big US supplier of gear): > "God help him if he ever needs service."