A music store that sells high end instruments is faced with a dilemma.
It is their responsibility to sell you instruments. But you cannot buy an instrument without trying it out for some period of time.
At the same time, the store has to draw the line somewhere: For example, if they have a $4,000 guitar for sale, they cannot let everyone come in and play the instrument for a few hours everyday because it will degrade the quality of the guitar.
But if I want to buy a $4,000 guitar, for example, I am going to have to get a good feel for it.
What is an appropriate balance? If I go into a store and am interested in boutique instruments, how much "playtime" is reasonable per instrument?
The reason I ask is that yesterday I went into a store and played 4 different high end guitars (between 2 and 4 thousand dollars each). I was asked to leave after an hour and was told specifically that 1 hour is ample time, which I disagree with. I can't make a $4,000 purchase decision with 15 minutes on each instrument. But I understand that they need to keep their instruments in good condition in order to sell them.