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May 28th, 2008


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duchess_of_pie
11:47 am - folk of the wood going out of business!!!!!
hey kids, i was wondering if there was a genius out there who could help me out.  i'm a newbie, ready to pick up my first mando and start learning.  i did a lot of research and found that folk of the wood was the shop for me, and the johnson ma-120 is what i wanted.  due to some financial upheavals, i put off ordering.  but yay economic stimulus...i called FOTW today, credit card in hand....

...only to find out that they're going out of business, closing shop, and no longer shipping instruments!  sad!

is there another online store that you would recommend?  i liked FOTW because you could call them up and ask questions and they did a quality set-up to your specifications.  any other stores out there like that?  or do you know of any local stores in your area that i can call and talk to personally and that will ship to LA?

*sigh*  i've been wanting this so long....damn you, recession.

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From:oh_bother
Date:May 28th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I'd check eBay.
I've bought several mandos off of there. I just checked and there are a lot of under 100$ models that will do to learn on. I have one similar to this one and it's manufactured under the guidance of Gibson.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Epiphone-MM30-Mandolin_W0QQitemZ360055723817QQihZ023QQcategoryZ10179QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Johnson's are a good beginner model and if you're the least bit crafty you can adjust the bridge and nut to your preferences. They usually don't spend much time at the factory on that.

Check frets.com for hints about how to do so.
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From:duchess_of_pie
Date:May 28th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
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thank you. when i was first looking, i was considering the epiphone MM-30. i have an epiphone guitar and am pretty pleased with it, as far as starter instruments go.

but the more research i've done, i'm gung-ho on johnson...i just didn't do enough research to find a store that would carry them other than FOTW.

i've been an ebay buyer for a long time and have had some bad experience with sellers and their shipping. i just figure i'd like to buy new and quality to make sure i don't get an instrument that will turn me off to playing right away.

but yes. if i can't find my johnson, i will definitely fall back on the epiphone.
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From:wizardglick
Date:May 28th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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My instructor recomends http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ for inexpensive instruments.

I got my mando at this place locally: http://www.acousticmusicworks.com/

but i hear the bulk of their traffic is mail-order.

You could also check on mandolincafe.org
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From:duchess_of_pie
Date:May 28th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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thank you. are there reviews of instruments posted on mandolincafe (or anywhere)? i'm trying to do a little comparison shopping now, since i'm haveing trouble finding johnson/savannah models in a lot of online stores....
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From:wizardglick
Date:May 28th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Not sure. And I'm not too familiar with those brands. Folks in the orchestra with me tend to play old Gibsons, Eastmans, Belles, and Collings. I'm told that the new entry-level Kentucky is a very nice instrument.
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From:hokelore
Date:May 28th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm a long-time devoted customer of Elderly Instruments, www.elderly.com
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From:duchess_of_pie
Date:May 28th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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alas, they don't carry johnson in a price i can afford....
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From:hardrockgrrl
Date:May 29th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
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If you're in LA, there are some very good local options where you can talk to someone in person...McCabe's in Santa Monica (recommended), the Blue Ridge Pickin Parlour in Chatsworth, and World of Strings in Long Beach.
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From:duchess_of_pie
Date:May 29th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
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i think i may have found a store online that i can use...it's a specific make and model i'm looking for. but thanks for these places. i DO have to have my mando set up, and guitar center charges way too much. these places may be able to help me at a better cost! thanks!

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