Oh woe I am upset.
On Tuesday I was rushing to go out to play, and had put the trouble/n/strife's guitar in its case, turned to put it in the hall, and managed to kick a dining chair.
Over went the chair, and the end of an upright slid down the face of my guitar on its stand. A nasty scrape with some splintered wood, but no actual hole (and still plays and sounds as ever it did) but the mark is deep and ugly.
Guitar is a Mugen dreadnought, 78. (also imported as Daion). Rare, and pretty good but not like a Goodall or whatever. Good enough to last me the rest of my life unless I suddenly improve (unlikely at my age). One of the McAlmans used to use one.
Now come to think of it she also needs some work done on her guitar (minor refurbishment, new saddle and nut, add undersaddle pickup, LIGHT stone of frets, make sure neck is true (optical illusions get tricky on old guitars). Now that is a special guitar. Hagstrom, early 60s - was the same price as a Gibson dreadnought then. 6 came into the UK and this was the best of them. A fairly famous guest we had at our culb who we put up for the night kept picking it up to play and said it was "smashing" - and much to my distress he would not give a thank-you for my Mugen.
So, where to go for my repair and her furbish?
I've tried Peter Abnett in Wouldham in the past. He has a good reputation but I have not been keen on some of his instruments and I don't think he and I see eye to eye.
The legendary Zemaitis from Rochester seems to have disappeared - I am told he built acoustics as well as planks.
There is a man in Maidstone, but I have heard one story about him that ended "Just give me back my guitar and if you are thinking of charging, be happy to breathe..."
I've tried an Atkins (he's from Canterbury) and was not overwhelmed.
Ayling from Bexley has I think moved away. One of the people from Fo'c'sle had one of his and I did not like it as much as his reputation said I should.
Someone on the Mudcat must know who is THE BEST near here for repairs etc on elderly acoustics.