Sorry for this bold thread, but these are truth I heard from my close friend who is doing pro-audio reselling business in China for more than 10 years.
YAMAHA in China doesn’t actively prepare boxed Dorico products for their authorized sub-resellers. It has to be in this procedure at this moment: Someone wants boxed product, and he contact a sub-reseller → Such requests accumulate under this sub-reseller → this sub-reseller contact YAMAHA China to batch-order boxed products. This hinders Dorico from being spread to those people who are just bad at dealing with downloaded softwares.
Most sub-resellers of YAMAHA in China don’t know a bit about what Dorico is and why it is far more better than Sibelius. I don’t even see YAMAHA China actively promote this product. Only we volunteers are far from enough.
YAMAHA in China doesn’t fight with floods of pirate sellers of cracked Dorico on Taobao market. (Taobao is similar to eBay). Note that these pirate sellers also sell unauthorized copies of NotePerformer together. By searching “Dorico” on Taobao returns most results of sellin pirated NotePerformer copies. Sigh.
Unfortunately, my friend (mentioned above) had tried contacting Arne Wallander to see whether he can be an authorized reseller of NotePerformer, and was told that he has to be a sub-reseller of a Japanese reseller… which is totally not acceptable: we don’t want our fate to be unnecessarily determined by a Japanese company.
To mention: Current sub-resellers of YAMAHA Steinberg in Mainland China are only good at selling hardwares. The reason why they can sell Cubase / Nuendo well is only because of the well-spread of pirated Cubase 5 (windows version). These hardware sub-resellers really have lack of knowledges about providing sufficient technical supports of Steinberg softwares. My friend (mentioned above) was previously a direct sub-reseller of Steinberg softwares but got the business of that robbed by his competitor simple because that this competitor sells a lot in hardware, regardless that such hardware-oriented sellers can hardly provide sufficient technical support and promotion of Steinberg softwares.