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Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?

Harmonium Hero 03 Sep 08 - 01:00 PM
Will Fly 03 Sep 08 - 03:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 01:00 PM

Hi Will. That's put a face to another Mudcat name! Cheers JK


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Subject: RE: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 03:21 AM

Hi John - thanks for that snippet. Otwins appear to have been as rare as hens' teeth over here! Nice to see you down at Arundel and Chiddingly recently, by the way - loved your singing of "The Lakes of Pontchartrain".


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Subject: RE: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 03:53 PM

I knew two people in Liverpool in the late 60s who had Otwin flat-top acoustics. I also saw a bloke - again in Liverpool at about the same time, although he was a visitor from Yorkshire somewhere, I think - who had a strange guitar with a circular body, which I seem to remember was an Otwin. I think he said they'd only made half a dozen of them.
John Kelly.


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Subject: RE: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 08:53 AM

Thanks Murray - you beat me to it! But I'm still curious as to whether anyone here ever owned one and had opinions on them.


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Subject: RE: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 08:52 AM

A quick Google search reveals that the original Otwins were made in East Germany by luthier Otmar Windish.


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Subject: RE: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 08:51 AM

Otwin Guitars


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Subject: Otwin guitars - anyone else owned one?
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 08:47 AM

My first guitar - bought in 1964 - was a cheap and useless instrument. A friend took pity on me and offered to sell me -for £10 - his f-hole guitar. The make was "Otwin". I played this for 3 or 4 years (before buying a s/h 1964 Epiphone Texan) and - though I may be wearing rose-coloured spectacles or angelic hearing-aids - it seemed a nice, basic instrument with a reasonable action and tone. I've never seen another Otwin, before or since. Anyone else ever come across this brand?


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