I feel rather Andy Rooney-ish this morning..
I wish more musicians would drop the idiotic “if it costs a lot it must be good” attitude, i’ve seen people drop huge $$ on bad instruments & still believe that it’s a great instrument because they paid a lot for them. They’ll go on about inlays & purflings etc but miss the point that while that maker (or worse factory) may be well known for good instruments, they may have ended up with a dud. This is especially true for factory made instruments, which can turn out all sorts a variance in quality. One instrument can be a master class inst. while the next one’s greatest use could be a wall hanging.
On the other hand I’ve seen instruments for a cheap price tag that hold there own compared to much more expensive instr. If people want to waste their money that’s fine, it’s their money.
Even worse is when someone’s got an instrument that’s way out of their league. The Bodhranist who carries 12 whistles with him/her none of which s/he can play or even practices, but is carrying them around for that day when they magically sprout the ability to play them. (if your one of those people you need to cut it out) Or the guitarist who expects everyone to stop and worship their Martin while the craic gets ruined, because no one really cares.
Howsobout those people who come around week after week year after year & still can only play three jigs & two set dances & get indignant when you try to play stuff they don’t know.