Perhaps it isn't exclusive of the two, but just the way that all gear-based hobbies are. You could pretty much swap out the word bass for bike for so many of the statements. Right down to the "everything made in China is crap" to "China is really putting out some surprisingly good stuff these days" You can go to 3 different stores and get 3 different sets of opinions. And the gear judging, seems to be just the same. Forum jockeys that probably spend more time typing than riding/playing are the ones who judge and deem all imports to be garbage, the ones who love to ride/play love that you love it and don't care what your rig looks like. Anyway... I have a bike now.