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Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues

GUEST,saulgoldie 26 Jun 15 - 12:55 PM
Joe Offer 26 Jun 15 - 01:36 PM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 26 Jun 15 - 04:03 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 27 Jun 15 - 08:35 AM
GUEST,leenia 27 Jun 15 - 10:54 AM
Amos 27 Jun 15 - 12:50 PM
CupOfTea 27 Jun 15 - 02:40 PM
GUEST,guest 05 Nov 18 - 05:03 AM
Will Fly 05 Nov 18 - 06:00 AM
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Subject: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 26 Jun 15 - 12:55 PM

Alright, so I have lusted in my heart lo these many years for a Martin guitar. In the mean time, I have gotten to be friends with a couple of non-Martins, and finally settled into a life without Martin. I was even going to sell a couple of them, just to keep my confusion to a minimum and make space for something else.

But lovely and adorable wife would not let it go. And she meets me for dinner--gets there before me--and...a shiny new D-28 is sitting in the booth where I should sit! I mean, right there in the restaurant, of course I had to open up the case and strum a little! (Some patrons said to shut up, and others asked me to play more. Go figure.) Of course, it is a grand piece. And now, I *really* have to sell off a couple. I mean, why would I play anything else? But I complain too much, I know.

Saul


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jun 15 - 01:36 PM

Aw, Saul, what a nice story. I hope you and your wife and the guitar have many happy years together.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 26 Jun 15 - 04:03 PM

Saul,
You'll never be happier.
A D-28, serial number 246352 helped me visit lots of countries, paid my mortgage, paid for my son's boarding school education and still delights me.
Your wife is a jewel! The D-28's quality will be remembered long after the price is forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 08:35 AM

Congratulations and many hours of happy playing with your new D-28. But don't go too crazy with getting rid of your "lesser" guitars unless there's a real financial issue. When I got my first Martin back in the '70s, I gave away the Yamaha I had been playing, thinking I'd never want to play it again. Forty years later, I have three Martins and five other handmade acoustic guitars, but I wish every day I had that old Yamaha back.


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: GUEST,leenia
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 10:54 AM

Right! When you have a new baby, you don't give an older child away, do you? It's the same with guitars.


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: Amos
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 12:50 PM

Congratulations. You have one of the finest instruments going for our sort of purposes. We who know and love Martins are a special sort of cult, dedicated to clear, strong acoustic voice, a gem-like virtue in a world of clangor and over-amplification.

My own D-35 is getting on, and deserves gentler treatment than I have given her in years past, so I will be using her at home. For outings to rougher country than my own living room, or involving sound systems, I will be using my much younger Taylor. But that is in no wise a reflection on the Martin, whose voice is impeccable.

You deserve to celebrate and rejoice!

A


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: CupOfTea
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 02:40 PM

Celebrate the guitar, but celebrate more the brilliant wife who pays attention and supports your joy. Marvelous.


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 05 Nov 18 - 05:03 AM

In the sixties most of us had Martins. What do you think of these old Martins now?I am well aware that individual instruments vary in quality.. Just trying to advise someone on what guitar to buy....


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Subject: RE: Review: Martin...again/still, the saga continues
From: Will Fly
Date: 05 Nov 18 - 06:00 AM

I've just bought a 22 year-old Lowden for a quarter of the price of an equivalent, new Martin. And traded a modern Martin OMCP model in PX for the Lowden.

A very guitar experienced friend of mine came down to see and play it on Friday - he emailed me this morning to say that, on reflection, it's the best acoustic guitar he's ever played in 50+ years of playing (he also owns several Martins).

Not knocking Martins - just saying keep a keen eye out for other options...


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