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Subject: Instruments
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Mar 01 - 05:56 AM

This is the PermaThread I've been bugging Spaw to start, but he's been holding out and hoping I'd start it. So here it is. Feel free to post here, but note that I reserve the right to edit or delete all messages.
Marion will take care of editing information posted here into usable format. Thanks, Marion.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Marion
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:18 AM

Introduction


Welcome to the Instruments Permathread. This thread is a reference guide to information on the buying, building, repairing, maintaining, and accessorizing of all kinds of instruments. You will find here links to threads from the Mudcat archives which discuss these issues, as well as links to other websites that Mudcatters have suggested.

The links are grouped according to these broad categories: (click on the category to skip ahead to that section)

1. Links dealing with a wide variety of instruments and gear
2. Guitars
3. Other string instruments
4. Non-stringed instruments
5. Instrument-related gear (cases, sound gear, etc.)

There is a lot of good information that has accumulated in the archives, and I hope that this guide will help more people to benefit from the discussions that have slipped out of sight. You are welcome to contribute to this thread; please add links to threads that you consider relevant, and links to external websites (you can include a short note as to why you are recommending the site to other Mudcatters). The new entries will be added to this master list when the next update is done.

Please note that this thread is not intended to address the playing, tuning, or studying of instruments, but rather the instruments themselves. For discussions of playing technique, the best place to look (or to contribute good links) is the Help For Pickers Permathread, which is currently in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Please use the third part if you want to add to the Help For Pickers Permathread. Help for Pickers is also a good thread to find tips on buying and maintaining instruments, though its focus is on playing.

Bon appetit, Marion


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Marion
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:18 AM

1. Links dealing with a wide variety of instruments and gear


Mudcat threads

instruments: left v right?
Do pawn shops carry stolen instruments?
Help: Kits to make instruments???
Instruments You Can Make Yourself
How did you choose your instrument?
Flying with instruments
Do you insure your instruments ?
Anyone flown with an instrument lately?
Instruments and air travel
Fake Vintage Instruments
Musical instruments made by 'catters
Any instrument makers out there?
Old Instruments As Opposed To New Ones..
Borrowed instruments - just say NO
Buying Undervalued Instruments - Ethics?
Instrument mistreatment ??

Other websites


Elderly Instruments A fine and well respected music store in Lansing, Michigan. Excellent prices, top brands, huge inventory, Vintage and New. Great selection of gear and books/CD's too. Always worth checking when you're shopping. Friendly and knowledgable phone staff....Spaw

House of Musical Traditions Located in Takoma Park, Maryland (U.S.), HMT has an amazing assortment of accoustic instruments from around the world. Their web site is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in traditional and/or folk music of all varieties.

Lark in the Morning Wonderful online catalog of many different and odd folk instruments. Located in California, they also do a music camp that is one of the best. A good source for the harder to find things.....Spaw

The Music Room This is a traditional instrument(accordion bouzouki etc) shop based in Yorkshire UK. John in Hull

First Quality Musical Supplies A good folk-oriented, instrument and musical supply house with knowledgable staff and excellent sale prices. Claymore

Dennis Havlena's Page Information on do-it-yourself instruments, link to other sites. Jeri

The Musical Instrument Maker's Forum Includes a discussion forum, bookstore, tool store and links. (Note: Sub-pages of this are listed below for "Martin Guitars - DIMENSIONS.") Jeri

National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers (UK) Apparently a serious group. JohninKansas

The Horniman Museum, London, UK The Horniman Museum's collection of musical instruments, including 'Free Reed Aerophons' : 'Squeeze Boxes' to the likes of people here. If you are trying to indentify a strange squeeze box there are lots of small photos here to help you.

Folk Music Instruments Collection of links dealing with specific instruments. JohnInKansas


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Marion
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:19 AM

2. Guitars


Mudcat threads

What is your Favourite Acoustic Guitar?
I've got GAS - Opinions please
What guitar should I play?
Guitar-Buying Advice
Need Advice On Buying New Guitar!
A little guitar-buying advice, please
Guitar Players: What Do You Think?
New Guitar Recommendations
Your most prized guitar
Underappreciated luthiers and instrument
What size is your Guitar?
Twelve string guitars
Guitars as investments?
Info/Opinions:Alvarez,Seagull,Washburn et al
INFO/Opinions:Taylor,Larivee,Collings,et al.
Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
Merrill Guitars -- Opinions?
opinions on seagull guitars
Seagull Guitars
Larrivee Parlor Guitar - Opinions
Larrivee Pete Anderson - need opinions
Martin Guitars Again
Help: Harmony Guitar
Loudon guitars (Lowden)
Eko Guitars
Cheap yet good classical guitar
Seriously, guitars made in Argentina
Guitar string tension v guage
Help: Slipping guitar pegs
Repairing Cracked Guitar, Chapter 2.
Refretting-Guitar Questions
Flying with your guitar (after Sept. 11)
Why not paint a guitar?
Favourite wood for acoustic guitars
Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
How long does it take you (to change strings)?
Heel pin placement-Martin
Help: What makes a guitar make its sound?

Other websites

Frank Ford Instrument Care &Repair (www.frets.com) Simply a fantastic resource for anyone trying to do some repairs themselves and wanting to provide the best of care for their instrument. Frank Ford is a superb luthier (Gryphon is linked from this site) and his advice is well written and illustrated. If you have a question, this is the first place to go....Spaw

Antique Vintage Guitar Collecting Everything you ever wanted to know about vintage Martin, Gibson and many more.......MK

Fossilized Walrus Ivory Products Only first class replacement parts for your instrument? Get genuine fossilized ivory replacement nuts and bridge pins here.....MK

Andrew's Musician's Resources I ran across this OUTSTANDING series of Instrument and Gear Links while looking for something obscure. Boatloads of links for guitars, amps, gear....whatever. Lots of work went into this site its obvious. If you're looking for a URL for something, check in here first!!! Great site!....Spaw

Guitar Exchange Classifieds Guitars (acoustic + electric), keyboards, pro-audio recording equipment, amps, etc. for sale by private individuals......MK

Serious Acoustics High end newer and vintage acoustics and electrics.......MK

Guitar Gallery (Nashville) Fine new and vintage stringed instruments, representing some of the best and leading edge luthiers.......MK

Guitar Mall Online This database covers hundreds of dealers throughout the US. Use the search engine to locate a guitar by make,model,and year. A fun site to hang around. Lots of dealer listings.......Spaw

The Twelfth Fret The best vintage guitar shop in Toronto, Canada.....MK

Wildwood Music Located in the restored Ohio Canal town of Roscoe Village (Coshocton), Ohio, FOLK is definitely spoken here. High quality lines and as they say "comfortable" pricing on guitars, dulcimers, mandos, banjos,etc.....a real "folkies paradise" in the Lockkeepers house. Nice people & worth a visit!........Spaw

Vintage Instruments Another nice selection of quality vintage acoustics, mandolins and more.......MK

The Acoustic Guitar Store The Largest Selection of Handmade Guitars & Mandolins in the Country. Canada's largest dealer for Calton Cases.

Subway Guitars Home of the weird and cheap on the net. Old instruments from the 50s and 60s--only with the necks reset and the actions fixed. Definitely not for the precious. Where to get a Harmony Sovereign or a Kay or old Danelectro. Rolfyboy6

Acoustic Guitarists' Annotated Guide to the Internet Lots of guitar nurd stuff in here. Includes technique, technology, on-line music and more! (UB Ed)

Loose bits Excellent article on the causes of string buzzes........ JP

Guitar Man Acoustic Guitar Tips Includes many tips on guitar maintenance

Handmade vs. Factory made Guitars Great article by Erwin Somogyi about the differences and advantages.........MK

Luthiers Mercantile International Possibly the most complete supplier of everything for stringed instrument builders. All types of tonewoods, glues, abalone, parts, tools, instructional materials, plans....you name it. Their catalog is expensive to order, but it is far more than a catalog, its a reference book. They are suppliers to many small luthiers building truly handcrafted instruments and also have a complete training school offered in their California home. They are also very conscious of depleting supplies of exotic woods and have led with the supply of many non-traditional species for instrument use. Great company......Spaw

Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Shop Supply Stew-Mac is a supplier of all types of string repair parts located in Athens, Ohio. Also have a great assortment of books and tapes on everything repair related! Get on their mailing list. The online is not extensive, but their catalog is great!......Spaw

Beatlit's Music and Guitar Page Guitar setups, tips and tricks; Local band and project links; Roots and Blues education resources and home of the Real Guitar Gallery.

Breedlove Guitars Great tone and playability and quality beyond reproach. Breedloves have a very distinctive appearance which seems to be one you either love or hate, but at least it doesn't resemble a Martin. Nothing wrong with that, but the distinctive quality carries over into the bracing and shapes too. Great stuff, even if you hate the way they look..........Spaw

C.F. Martin Guitar Co. Martin's online catalog. What is there to say? Unless you were perhaps born under a rock. Nice pix. Screensavers too.....Spaw

Martin Guitars - DIMENSIONS Want to know the difference in makes, models and scales of various Martins? (Well there might be 2 or 3 people here who would.) Here you go then.....(MK)

Making a Martin Bridge Good article.....MK

The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum

Carvin Custom Guitars Carvin is one of the few companies to build and sell electric guitars using all three factory types of neck attachment to the guitar body: bolt-on; set-neck; and neck-thru-body. GUEST

C.Fox Guitars Performance Quality Instruments.....MK

Dana Bourgeois Yep.......he's reorganized and still very much in the business of making some very fine guitars........MK

Collings Guitars Some would argue its the best high line guitar going. Outstanding tone, fit, finish, and playability. Big bucks, but absolutely top line guitars.........Spaw

Dreadnaughtilus Guitars Tired of the standard designs in guitars? Squared or sloped shouldered instruments got you down? Wanna make a real statement at your next gig or song circle? Check this out........MK

Dudenbostel Fine Stringed Instruments Makers of exceptionally fine guitars and mandolins.......MK

Ed Roman's World Class Guitars Ed or one of the custom luthiers in his coalition will build you a really cool electric guitar, sometimes for less than what you'd pay for a Les Paul off the rack. He also carries the name brands. He's a collector, and has lots of pictures of vintage and unusual guitars. Lots of info on woods, necks, and opinionated comment on guitar construction from Ed himself (including an explanation of the relatively rare set-thru-body method of attaching neck and body). Located in Connecticut, a few minutes' drive from NYC. GUEST

Epiphone Guitars Yeah, they ain't what they used to be we all know, but they are still a nice instrument at a very affordable price. Nice site here too.....Spaw

Fylde Guitars A very popular UK based guitar company. Excellent instruments with a lot of thought put into their application and sound. Also mandolin family instuments........JonF/Spaw

Gallagher Guitars Well...Doc Watson plays 'em........What else need be said? Exceptionally beautiful instruments and a wonderfully historic and informative site..........Spaw

Garrison Guitars ... guitars with a special plastic internal bracing, making them cheaper to produce. This thread talks about them. Grab

Gibson Guitars A venerable old name in guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Nice website with good pix and frequently updated. Like Martin, unless you were born under a rock, what else can I say?....Spaw

Goodall Guitars Excellent guitars that generally rank among the most desired. Several 'Catters swear by theirs and the company reputation is superior.........Spaw

Greven Guitars John Greven of Portland, Oregon is making some damn fine instruments these days......MK

Gruhn Guitars Home Page George Gruhn has almost literally written the book on Vintage pricing. Located in Nashville, this is always a great place to check-in occasionally. Sells new vintage and often has some "Opry" star instruments. Be forewarned though, they know exactly what things are worth.....Spaw

Guild Guitars Guild is still making fine, solid, and very durable, beautiful instruments after several corporate changes. Their 12's are still considered to be one of the best going and almost a benchmark. Nice site and lots of great information.....Spaw

Lakewood Guitars German builder of extremely high quality instruments. Not as popular as some, but only because they aren't distributed as thoroughly. Nice and informative site with a good history and lots of background and pictures...........Spaw. See also Mooman's post below about Lakewoods.

Larrivee Guitars Home page for these fine Canadian made guitars and some excellent reading material too. Jean Larrivee is a most respected luthier and his guitars are both original in structural design and of very high quality......Spaw

Mandolin Brothers Located in Manhattan, Mandolin Bros. is an old and well respected music store for folk instruments, Vintage and New. Very helpful staff and superb inventory. Another "must check" place. Also a great selection of strings and other gear.....Spaw

Michael Dunn Guitars Superb Django/Selmer influenced guitars......MK

National Reso-Phonic Guitars ..."The Mississippi delta was shining like a National Guitar"......Here's their website. Another good site even if you're just looking for historical info!......Spaw

Oskar Graf Guitar Workshop

Ovation, Takemine Guitars--Kamen Corp. Home page for Ovation, Takemine, Hamer, and Applause guitars. Kind of glitzy, but what do you expect? Good info though on ID'ing years, etc. .....Spaw

Santa Cruz Guitars Nothing shabby here. another of the high liners with an outstanding reputation........Spaw

Seagull,Godin,LaPatrie Guitars Seagull is a very respected brand at a very low price and generally has gotten favorable press around the Mudcat. Home page for Lasido, parent to Seagull and Godin guitars, lots of other useful info here too.......Spaw

Simon + Patrick Guitars Canadian-made, affordable instruments which are comparable to Seagulls, Normans, etc.......MK

Sobell Guitars and Mandolins Excellent UK based luthier, Stefan Sobell offers high quality guitars and mandolin family instruments. Like many others, a lot of great info found here, not to mention great instruments.......JonF/Spaw

Stella Guitars Pre-war Stellas like Leadbelly's (not the post-war doorstops) Rolfyboy6

Tacoma Guitars Up and coming with many models. Worth a look at the very least. Tacomas keep popping up in lots of places......Spaw

Taylor Guitars A major player in the guitar business, Taylor has gained wide respect and is often seen in abundance on the road circuit. Lots of big name artists (like Marion) playing Taylor nowadays. Lots of models and lots of quality. Tough combination to beat.....Spaw

Washburn Guitars The old gray mare she ain't what she used to be...but she ain't too bad either. Affordable instruments and like Epiphone and Sigma, not a bad choice at all. They also own Oscar Schmidt Autoharps which you can access from here as well.......Spaw

Yamaha Guitars The always surprising Yamaha. Nice instruments that rival many of the big boys for sound and finish. I don't recall ever hearing a bad comment around here regarding them......Spaw


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Marion
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:20 AM

3. Other string instruments


Mudcat threads

Moon Mandolins
Mending a mandolin
Lloyd Loar F5 Mandolins
Help: Mandola vs octave mandolin vs mandolin
I want to buy a better mandolin
Help I want to buy a mandolin
Help: Banjo Player Questions
Banjo Bridges
Hide banjo head care
Should I buy this banjo?
Five String Banjo Set Up
The Makings of a Great Banjo
The History of the banjo?
What's a Strad, Amati etc fiddle?
Choosing a new bow for fiddle
fiddle renovation
Question re maintaining bow hairs
Help: Fretted Fiddles - any experience?
A Music Thread...fiddle pegs
Synthetic Fiddle Rosin
Baritone Fiddle
Gonna larn me the fiddle
Fiddle fine tuners - pros and cons?
Is there a backpack fiddle?
What is a 'keyed fiddle'?
mandocello type instrument
Portugese stringed instruments
wash tub bass
washtub bass (different thread from above)

Other websites

Dusty String Instruments Starting with Hammered Dulcimers and on to harps and still moving on. They build very nice instruments and are lovers of the same. The site is still growing as they are! Good stuff...Good people.......Spaw

Folk of the Wood Music Store An online store (and a real one too!) in New Mexico. They specialize in reasonably priced acoustic instruments outside of guitars (although they have those too). A very detailed site that also includes sound clips of various instruments. Many solid brands (Kentucky Mandolins for example) and good shipping setup. Dulcimers, mandos, fiddles, etc.........Spaw

Vintage Instruments Another nice selection of quality vintage acoustics, mandolins and more.......MK

Wildwood Music Located in the restored Ohio Canal town of Roscoe Village (Coshocton), Ohio, FOLK is definitely spoken here. High quality lines and as they say "comfortable" pricing on guitars, dulcimers, mandos, banjos,etc.....a real "folkies paradise" in the Lockkeepers house. Nice people & worth a visit!........Spaw

Luthiers Mercantile International Possibly the most complete supplier of everything for stringed instrument builders. All types of tonewoods, glues, abalone, parts, tools, instructional materials, plans....you name it. Their catalog is expensive to order, but it is far more than a catalog, its a reference book. They are suppliers to many small luthiers building truly handcrafted instruments and also have a complete training school offered in their California home. They are also very conscious of depleting supplies of exotic woods and have led with the supply of many non-traditional species for instrument use. Great company......Spaw

AMERICAN BANJO MAKERS Civil War to WWII A listing of makers from the Civil War to WWII with dates of manufacture......MK

Banjo Newsletter American's Premiere 5 string Banjo Magazine........MK

Deering Banjos Fine maker and and excellent website. Deering is one of the most repected banjos around.....or is that an oxymoron?....Spaw

Wildwood Banjos Nice banjos (another oxymoron?) that cover a wide range of styles and prices. Several very popular models........Spaw

Swan Banjos Fine banjos of course, but you need to take a look at the Swan Solid Body Electric banjo. If you only play amplified to begin with...check this out. Sound clips too.........JonF/Spaw

Gold Tone Banjos Well made banjos in every configuration known to man, (including guitar, mando and bass banjos) at excellent prices. Claymore

The Banjo Building Home Page JohnInKansas

Four String Banjos Links Page JohnInKansas

Dudenbostel Fine Stringed Instruments Makers of exceptionally fine guitars and mandolins.......MK

Fylde Guitars A very popular UK based guitar company. Excellent instruments with a lot of thought put into their application and sound. Also mandolin family instuments........JonF/Spaw

Halshaw Music Ex-All Irish Champion. Sully's excellent range of banjos, parts, and mandolin family instruments by John Hullah. Books and tapes too.......JonF/Spaw

Mandolin Brothers Located in Manhattan, Mandolin Bros. is an old and well respected music store for folk instruments, Vintage and New. Very helpful staff and superb inventory. Another "must check" place. Also a great selection of strings and other gear.....Spaw

Mandolin Cafe On-line resources for the mandolinist (and players of other GDAE instruments). Large, and growing, tab collection

Mandolin Central Based in Siler City, NC this company offers a selection of very fine new and vintage instruments from the mandolin family..........MK

Mandozine"MandoZine is intended as a resource for those who are just starting out, the more advanced players that are always ready to help the beginners, and those who don't play, but love the music." Jeri

Mid-Missouri Mandolins Solid woods, solid construction, affordable prices.....Mid-Missouri Mandolins are getting good reviews. They found a niche and filled it well.........Spaw

Sobell Guitars and Mandolins Excellent UK based luthier, Stefan Sobell offers high quality guitars and mandolin family instruments. Like many others, a lot of great info found here, not to mention great instruments.......JonF/Spaw

Weber Mandolins A link to the luthiers that made Gibson mandolins for the last decade. ......MK

Oscar Schmidt Autoharps OS is now owned by Washburn and Washburn Guitars can also be accessed from this site. There are other autoharps, but Schmidt's still are the main ones out there........Spaw

Shar Products Company - Shar Music Shar is the recognized market leader in North America as a supplier of violin family instruments, bows, sheet music, cases, strings and accessories. Customers regularly order from all states/provinces, as well as over 60 countries. In addition to mail order and retail facilities located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Shar serves the Canadian market from its Toronto, Ontario facilities. Sorcha

Southwest Strings Another Violin family site, with instruments,cases, gig bags, accessories, etc. Really inexpensive strings for all viol family and free shipping for strings only. Sorcha

RainBows Fiddlebows Quality fiberglass, composite or wood bows with brightly colored premium stallion horsehair which can be dyed in up to three colors. Color you bow to match your outfit or show you heritage with the colors of your flag.

Alden and Cali Hackmann's Hurdy-gurdy Site John P.

American Nyckelharpa Association John P.

Bob Gollihur's Double Bass Links Page JohnInKansas


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Marion
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:21 AM

4. Non-stringed instruments


Mudcat threads

Harmonium advice
How to repair an accordian
Help: Susato D Whistle
What's your favorite whistle
Tin/Penny Whistle Question
Restringing antique upright grand piano
Digital Pianos
Good Harmonica for Beginner?
Harmonica hygiene
I want to buy a new flute
Bodhran buying for beginner

Other websites

Ancestral Instruments Reeds and strings from the Romans to the Renaissance. Great photos and sound files. David Marshall has been quite cordial via e-mail. Where else can you find a bagged shawm fitted with a pig's bladder? Well worth a visit…. Dave Swan

Goodacre Bagpipes The work of Julian Goodacre, pipe maker and one third of the Goodacre Brothers bagpipe trio. Highly playable pipes, English and Scottish. Julian is friendly, witty and helpful in selecting just the right set of pipes for your needs. Dave Swan

Concertina.net Mainly Anglo Concertina and Irish music based, but a good start point for all concertina and squeeze box searching.

The Bodhran Page All encompassing Bodhran resource. If you can't find it here, give up. gnu

Google search results for lagerphone

Lagerphone info from Mudcatter Aussiebloke

Traditional Australian Bush Instruments Article by Mudcatter Bob Bolton; includes section on lagerphones.

Keith Sayers Lagerphone web site:The Lagerphones Page Bob Bolton

Silver Bush Music World - Musical Instruments From Around the World I guess they are using "bush' in a wider sense of relating to primitive or improvised instruments worldwide .... borrowing the South African usage just as we did. They sell instruments and school kits for all sorts of folk instruments - including lagerphones! Bob Bolton

Chiff and Fipple "The ultimate guide to the instrument known as the tinwhistle, pennywhistle, Irish whistle, or just plain whistle. You will find more information here than any reasonable person would want." Jeri

International Washboard Festival JohnInKansas


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Marion
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:22 AM

5. Instrument-related gear (cases, sound gear, etc.)


Mudcat threads

Opinions on Newtone Banjo Strings
Elixir Strings - Opinions?
Lets Talk Mandolin Strings
Help: Fiddle Strings
Bit the bullet & put pick up in banjo
Let's keep some contact with music please! (Contact and other pickups)
Tech stuff: pickup bashing
Help: good all purpose instrument mic
Amplifying a mandolin
Best acoustic guitar preamp
Best pickup for a fiddle?
Guitar stand, small and light
Carrying a hard shell case on your back
Looking for Instrument Case
Good flight cases for instruments?
Guitar Picks - What's your favourite?

Other websites

Musician*s Friend Mail Order Musical Instrument Supply House ... and more. Amps, PA systems, mixers, DJ equipment, etc. Mostly *big name* brands...not much here for the esoteric or discriminating musician. Still, the prices are competitive if you're in the market ... GUEST

American Musical Supply " Primarily an R&R musical gear site, but has the best sound gear vendor links in the Known World... There you can download source material, including tech manuals, and specifications on almost any mic, amp, speakers, mixers, recording, and sound processing gear. Their prices are a smidgen high, but they will absolutely get it to you in the fastest time." Claymore. "AMS is the competition for Musician's Friend. Sometimes their prices are cheaper, but their exorbitant shipping rates eat up the savings. Still worth a look. Both companies offer a risk-free 45 day, money back guarantee, no questions asked . Nice way to try out different instruments for 45 days, all for the mere price of return shipping charges. Sure beats the prices of those monthly rent-to-own and rent-to-rent chains like Doo-Wop Shop. The selection is better, too." GUEST

Andrew's Musician's Resources I ran across this OUTSTANDING series of Instrument and Gear Links while looking for something obscure. Boatloads of links for guitars, amps, gear....whatever. Lots of work went into this site its obvious. If you're looking for a URL for something, check in here first!!! Great site!....Spaw

Dunlop Musical Accessories

Calton Cases Without a doubt the best cases in the world bar none! ......MK

Pick Up The World Revolutionary new design in acoustic instrument pickups, which sound better than anything else currently on the market.......MK

Shubb Capos One of the best......MK

The Capo Museum Interested in knowing more about capos and their origins?

Shar Products Company - Shar Music Shar is the recognized market leader in North America as a supplier of violin family instruments, bows, sheet music, cases, strings and accessories. Customers regularly order from all states/provinces, as well as over 60 countries. In addition to mail order and retail facilities located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Shar serves the Canadian market from its Toronto, Ontario facilities. Sorcha

Southwest Strings Another Violin family site, with instruments,cases, gig bags, accessories, etc. Really inexpensive strings for all viol family and free shipping for strings only. Sorcha

Webstrings, Big City String Company, and Juststrings.com Here are 3 good places on the Web to purchase strings. I've dealt with all of them at one time or another and they are all reputable and straight up. Dee45


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 11:21 AM

Looks like we have everything updated. Marion will edit these posts from Mooman later. Thanks a lot for putting everything in order, Marion.
-Joe Offer-
Thread #32314   Message #571204
Posted By: mooman
13-Oct-01 - 10:52 AM
Thread Name: Instruments PermaThread™
Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™

At 'Spaw's suggestion I am adding several new items to the Instruments Permathread and will add more as time goes on. The first of these concerns Lakewood Guitars as "Spaw seems to consider me the resident Lakewood expert. So here follows some information and links concerning Lakewood.

Lakewood Guitars

Lakewood Guitars was established back in 1985 by Martin Seeliger in West Germany. For a time in the late 80s/early 90s production switched to a workshop/small factory in the former East Germany before reverting back to the current workshops in Giessen in Western Germany. The following links give an over view of the factory and the current Lakewood team.

For a relatively small operation, Lakewood offer a wide variety of instruments. These basically fall into the following categories

- "Auditorium" or A-series
- "Dreadnought" or D-series
- "Jumbo" or J-series
- "Grand Concert" or M-series

Dreadnought or Jumbo should be pretty self explanatory to most guitar users. Auditorium models to my eye slot somewhere between the classic 00 and 000 body size with a slotted headstock and 14 fret necks (12 is available as an option). Grand Concert models are probably something between the classic 000 and 0000 body size with 14 fret necks. In each series there area number of models (3 in the A-series) and seven each in the (D-, J- and M-series). The starting model in each series is typically solid cedar top with solid mahogany back and sides going up though various combinations to the top model with solid European spruce top with abalone inlays, back and sides of solid Brazilian rosewood and gold-plated tuners. All models feature scalloped bracing and high quality hardware such as Scaller tuners. The following link gives the specifications for each model.

Lakewood also have a Custom Shop which offers many options including three neck widths/profiles (my own personal guitar is an M-18 with "Ragtime" (48mm at nut) neck), twelve string models, left hand models, cutaway options, customised fingerboard inlays, slotted headstock on any model and onboard electronics (they use EMF pickups and electronics as standard. Also a range of custom woods including padouk, cherry, pear, Macassar ebony, turkey walnut, yew, myrtle, amarant and cypress are available.

Many Mudcatters will not be so familiar with Lakewood Guitars as some other more famous high-quality brands. However they have steadily developed am impressive list of users and are building up an international distributor and dealer base.

Having owned fine Guild, Gibson, Manson, Flambeau/Lowden and other guitars, I can say that my Lakewood is so far my favourite. With its wide fretboard and solid European spruce/Ovangkol combination, it is a great guitar for fine fingerpicking with a tremendous sustain and good balance across all strings. My personal setup is with Elixir 012. to 0.54 strings and the guitar is miked through a a Shure SM-57.

I hope this brief overview is helpful to those looking for a good quality and good value alternative to some of the better-known US and UK makers.

Happy picking!

mooman


OK...this next instrument permathread post concerns Paul Hathway instruments.

Paul operates from East London and makes a wide variety of stringed instruments. The link above starts with his Octave Mandola page as that is the instrument of his that I own. My model is the plain and unbound model to the right of the top photo. Paul's instruments tend to be rather plain in terms of decoration but the tonewoods and body woods are of the highest quality. This makes a Hathway instrument a very good quality and fine sounding instrument at a very competitive price. Paul can fit pickups and electronics to any of his instruments on request.

For potential purchasers visiting London, Paul is very accommodating in allowing visitors to his workshop where he has a special room with a good 40 or 50 instruments set up ready to try out. When I was buying I had a choice of about five individual instruments in my price range and Paul very patiently waited while I took a good two hours to decide on the one I would take, a difficult decision as seemingly similar instruments each had a particular combination of qualities. For those unable to visit his workshop, several shops including Hobgoblin and Custy's in Ennis, Ireland carry his instruments.

Paul Hathway also makes mandolins, guitars and other modern instruments and renaissance instruments.

All in all, a very helpful maker who produces a wide range of affordable and fine-sounding instruments.

mooman


Finally in this short set of three posts on makers:

Christopher Eccleshall

I first became acquainted with Chris Eccleshall instruments around 1980 when he was based in West London. The instrument I am holding in the lower photo here dates from then and is an Eccleshall A.5 "Pearly" mandolin with European spruce top and rosewood back and sides. The edges of the top and the soundhole are inlaid with abalone and the fingerboard is ebony. The mandolin has a very characteristic and bright sound with good balance and my setup is Elixir .010 to .034 mandolin strings with miking up though a Sure SM-57. By the way, the instrument in the upper photo is my Lakewood M-18 referred to in the one of the previous posts.

Chris Eccleshall has since moved to Dartington in Devon, UK and here is a link to his website. Chris has a loyal following of customers both for his original instruments and repair work (he is an authorised repairer for Guild, Gibson and Martin), some of whom are listed on his site.

Overall, an exceptional craftsman and outstanding quality individually-made instruments (both acoustic and electric).

Regarding Lakewood, Hathway, and Eccleshall instruments, I will be adding sound samples (.wav and .mp3) fairly soon to my personal website to give an idea of the sound of these instruments. I'll post again to this thread when these links are available.

Best regards,

mooman


P.S. Please forgive my appalling and uncharacteristic (!) spelling mistakes throughout the above three postings. At least the links seem to work this time!

mooman


For those interested in Lakewood or Flambeau/Lowden guitars, click it here and for those interested in Eccleshall or Hathway instruments click on this one for some close-up photos of my own instruments.

Best regards,

mooman


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Justa Picker
Date: 17 Aug 02 - 11:15 PM

157 Guitar Tips Online


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:36 AM

You may like to add the following thread about Piano Accordions

Technique: The P/A for The Recycled Muso

it has a few typos in it, sorry...

Robin


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 03:26 PM

This thread surfaced as a spam posting which has since been deleted by the Mudelves.
It looks like one that deserves a spell in the active forum, so I'm refreshing it so it doesn't drop straight back where it has been hiding since 2003.
Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 05:31 PM

Three pages on my site that could be of interest:

The Italian Ocarina

The Turkish cümbüş (fretless 12-string banjo)

The Romanian cobza or Hungarian koboz (small fretless 4-course lute)


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From: Tootler
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 06:13 PM

More UK Shop recommendations.

Eagle Music - Folk instrument shop based in Huddersfield, UK: http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/index.asp I have bought both in person and online from them and found them excellent.

Harmonicas Direct - As they say, specialise in harmonicas, based in Queensbury, Near Bradford, UK. Excellent online service. http://www.harmonicas-direct.com/


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From: Dave Hanson
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 04:00 AM

Another UK dealer, TAMCO [ The Acoustic Music Company ] in Brighton, sells new and used mandolins and guitars, they have the best selection of quality mandolins in Europe, owner Trevor is a mandolin player, he's also a great guy to deal with.

They do a top class mail order service too.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Instruments PermaThread™
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 04:59 AM

Helpful and knowledgeable shop for Indian musical instruments and accessories:

Bina Musicals, Southall, west London

http://www.binaswar.com/


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From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Jan 12 - 09:39 AM

For melodeons & other squeezy things:



http://forum.melodeon.net/


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Subject: F/s : Gibson Custom Shop 1968 Les Paul @ 1900usd
From: GUEST
Date: 01 May 12 - 10:08 AM

We sell all kind of musical instruments with warranty guaranteed and also working perfectly well .....

YAHOO MAIL : sell_musicals@yahoo.com
HOTMAIL : inquiriesonmusic@hotmail.com
G-MAIL : inquiriesonelects@gmail.com

CLARINET:

BUFFET A Clarinet - TOSCA...........................$1600
BUFFET A Clarinet - RC PRESTIGE.....................$1300
BUFFET A Clarinet - RC..............................$1000
YAMAHA Bass Clarinet - YCL 622 II...................$2000
YAMAHA Bass Clarinet - YCL 621 II...................$1800
YAMAHA Alto Clarinet - YCL 631 II...................$1700
SELMER Clarinet in Bb - SIGNATURE...................$1600
SELMER Clarinet in Bb - SAINT LOUIS.................$1200

SELMER Clarinet - Contra Bass - Model 28............$4000
SELMER Clarinet - Contra Alto - Model 26............$2500
SELMER Clarinet - Bass - PRIVILEGE to Low Eb........$1500
SELMER Clarinet - Bass - PRIVILEGE to Low C.........$2300
SELMER Clarinet - Alto - Model 19 A.................$1800

DRUMS SET::

Roland TD-20S V-Pro Electronic Drum Set.............$2900
Roland TD-12S V-Stage Electronic Drum Set........$1000
Yamaha DTXtreme IIISP Special Electronic Drum Set...$1100



2x pioneer cdj-2000mk3 & 1x djm-2000 mixer dj package..... $3200
2x pioneer cdj-2000mk3 & 1x djm-800 mixer dj package..... $2500
2x pioneer cdj-1000mk3 & 1x djm-800 mixer dj package..... $ 1500
Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 .............. $ 400
Pioneer CDJ-800 CD Player ........ $ 500
Pioneer CMX-3000 Twin CD Player ... $ 650
Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 ............... $ 350
Pioneer CDJ-800MK2 ................. $ 490
Pioneer CDJ-500 CD-Player ....... $ 700
Pioneer DJM-1000 ..................... $ 970
Pioneer DJM-800 MK3................. $ 820
Pioneer DJM-600 Mixer .............. $ 600
Pioneer DJM-3000 19 "Mixer ...... $ 810
Pioneer DJM-600-S Mixer ........... $ 650
Pioneer DJM-909 Battle Mixer...>>>$600
Denon DN-D4500 Pro DJ Dual CD/MP3 Player ... $ 300

YAMAHA DM1000V2 DIGITAL MIXING CONSOLE ....$1700usd
Yamaha O2R96V2 Digital Mixer ......$2500 usd
Yamaha PM4000 Console Digital Mixer....$4900usd
YAMAHA DM2000V2- DIGITAL CONSOLE .....$6000usd
Yamaha M7CL-48 48Ch Digital Mixing Console ...$10,000
Yamaha 01V96 V2 Digital Mixer ...$900usd
YAMAHA PM5D Version 2 Live Sound Console Digital Mixer .....$20,000usd
Yamaha PM4000 Console Digital Mixer....$5900usd
YAMAHA DM2000V2- DIGITAL CONSOLE ....$6500usd

Yamaha N12 12-Channel Digital Mixer....$650usd
Yamahaa N8 8-Channel Digital Mixer .....$450usd
Yamaha Mixer LS9 (16 Digital Console)......$2800usd
Yamaha Mixer LS9 (32 Digital Console)......$4200usd
Yamaha 02R96VCM Digital Console...........$4500usd
Yamaha M7CL (32 Digital Console)............$6500usd


Yamaha M7CL (48 Digital Console)............$7800usd
Yamaha PM5D-RH Mixer .............$22,000usd


KORG SV1 Stage Vintage Piano 73-Key...........................$1100
KORG SV188 88-Key Vintage Stage Piano ..................$1300
KORG M3M Synthesizer Workstation Sampler Module ......$1100
Korg Pa2XPro 76-key Arranger Keyboard.....................$1200
KORG PA588 88 Key Arranger Keyboard ........................$1600
KORG M3 88-Key Music Workstation Keyboard...............$1700
KORG M50 88-Key Keyboard Workstation ............$900
KORG PA800 PRO ARRANGER................$1100
Korg Pa500 61-key Arranger Keyboard............$900
Korg CX3 Digital Drawbar Organ...........................$700
Korg OASYS 88 88-Key Workstation.............$1200


Yamaha S90XS 88-Key Balanced Weighted Hammer Action Synthesizer ......$900
Yamaha MOTIF XS8 88-Key Music Synth Workstation ..................$1050
Yamaha Motif XS6 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation..................$1050
Yamaha Motif XS7 Synthesizer - 76 Key ...............$1200
Yamaha Tyros 4 (61-Key Pro Arranger Workstation) ... $1500
Yamaha Tyros 3 61-Key Arranger Workstation Keyboard................$1300
Yamaha Tyros 2 Keyboard Workstation..........$1100
Yamaha YDP223 Digital Home Piano .............$800
Yamaha S70XS 76-Key Weighted Synthesizer..................$1150
Yamaha PSR-S910 Home Keyboard Arranger Workstation, 61 KeYS.........$1000
yamaha PSR 900 .....................$900
Yamaha PSRS900 61 Key Arranger Workstation ..................$900
Yamaha CP-300 Stage Piano.......$1000


Roland RG-3 Keyboard Home.........$500
Roland F-110 Compact Digital Piano Satin Black .........$900
Roland F110 Compact Digital Piano (Black)....................$900
Roland Juno Stage 76 Key Synthesizer Keyboard........$700
Roland Fantom-G7 Workstation ............$900
Roland Fantom G6 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation......$1200
Roland FP7 Digital Stage Piano Black ............$1100
Roland V-Piano Digital Piano......$2900
Roland FP-4 DIgital Piano .........$900


Gibson Custom Shop 1968 Les Paul....................$1900
Gibson Custom Shop 1960 Les Paul VOS................$1000
Martin D-28 Authentic 1937..........................$6200




Serious Buyer's Contact Only :

YAHOO MAIL : sell_musicals@yahoo.com
HOTMAIL : inquiriesonmusic@hotmail.com
G-MAIL : inquiriesonelects@gmail.com

Thanks.
JOHN.


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