I don't know if this is going to get moved, but I thought it would at least get seen here. Being a former guitarist and a fan of King Crimson, I have had a curiosity about the Chapman Stick. It splits the difference between bass and guitar, and you could even be a solo act with it. Now my question. Why is it so expensive? Even on eBay, used Sticks go for 1100 bucks. Is it such a niche instrument that there isn't someone in Japan, Korea or Mexico that can make a knockoff someone like me can experiment with?