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The sound of unintended consequences: A recent regulatory change threatened to make it difficult to export vintage guitars overseas, or sell them across state lines, due to the fact that many guitars made prior to the 1970s—particularly those made by C.F. Martin and Co.—were made with ivory at a time when doing so was still legal because such elephants weren’t endangered. The rule change, which banned the export and import of ivory in nearly any form, was intended to discourage elephant poaching, but ended up angering musicians who owned the valuable instruments and simply wanted to play these very-expensive instruments on tour. 
Now, a federal agency says that they’re changing the rule to allow the instruments to fly overseas. But if you’d like to sell one, it’s still gonna be a pain in the butt.

The sound of unintended consequences: A recent regulatory change threatened to make it difficult to export vintage guitars overseas, or sell them across state lines, due to the fact that many guitars made prior to the 1970s—particularly those made by C.F. Martin and Co.—were made with ivory at a time when doing so was still legal because such elephants weren’t endangered. The rule change, which banned the export and import of ivory in nearly any form, was intended to discourage elephant poaching, but ended up angering musicians who owned the valuable instruments and simply wanted to play these very-expensive instruments on tour. 

Now, a federal agency says that they’re changing the rule to allow the instruments to fly overseas. But if you’d like to sell one, it’s still gonna be a pain in the butt.

May 19, 2014 // 20:32 // 4 months ago
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