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Thread #120402 Message #2618257
Posted By: Sandy Mc Lean
24-Apr-09 - 10:16 PM
Thread Name: Martin Factory Tour
Subject: Martin Factory Tour
This week I was passing through Pa. and stopped in Nazereth and visited the Martin factory. I have never owned a Martin because my playing ability suits a cheaper box better. I got a chance to try a few out and all were nice, especially a D-18 that had the best ring. However none tempted me to consider a purchase. I went on the factory tour which was fascinating but I was a bit disappointed with the production line process and the high degree of automation. I think that the workers were skilled in what they did but it was very much a production line. Only the special orders were being built by luthiers totally by hand. The museum had some real eye candy from years past that made me drool though. Another thread asks if Martins are overpriced and after the tour I would be more inclined to say that perhaps they are.
I wonder what others who have been there have thought?