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Stu 02 Dec 02 - 05:10 AM
Big Mick 02 Dec 02 - 07:46 AM
GUEST,Claymore 02 Dec 02 - 06:54 PM
Amos 02 Dec 02 - 07:15 PM
michaelr 02 Dec 02 - 09:20 PM
Big Mick 03 Dec 02 - 12:47 AM
Stu 03 Dec 02 - 08:55 AM
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Subject: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: Stu
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 05:10 AM

I'm thinking of buying a bouzouki from a local dealer - the instrument sounds fantastic, looks superb and I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. So I phone the guy and say I want it, and he says there's a small cosmetic crack in the instrument and it's away being fixed.

So should I buy it? Anyone else know if this will effect the long-term structural integrity of the instrument?

I must stress I havn't seen the instrument and the dealer assures me he didn't have to declare the crack, and I wouldn't have noticed it once fixed. I also own two instuments made by this luthier and I really love them.

Opinions gratfully received.

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Subject: RE: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 07:46 AM

If you know the luthier doing the work to be a good one, don't worry about it. Repaired properly, a crack is no problem, in fact with some woods they are to be expected. Cedar, for example, is known to crack. I would probably negotiate a discount and buy it anyway, once I have examined it.

I am curious as to the brand of the bouzouki. I have a Freshwater, and love its tone and playability.


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Subject: RE: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 06:54 PM

Mick, I've had a mandocello on order with David for three months, so I'm glad to hear you like yours. This one has a couple of changes from his regular work, as I want the 'cello based in "D". But he called me last night, and said that there were floods in Scotland, and it was raising hell with his suppliers, so I'm waiting until the middle of January.

But again, I'm glad you like yours; I can't wait for mine...

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Subject: RE: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: Amos
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 07:15 PM

Bouzii-hounds on the threads!! GAS syndrome revisited!!

"Hi. My names Mick, and I am a bouzii-hound."


"I know I have a problem, and am surrendering my bouzouki habit to a Power Greater than myself -- my Luthier!!"


(Mick gets gently escorted to the exit...)



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Subject: RE: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: michaelr
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 09:20 PM

Stigweard -- I recently bought a Davy Stuart bouzouki over the Web, from a guy in New Zealand. I was told it had a crack in the cedar top being repaired by the maker. When I got the instrument, the repaired crack was certainly visible, but structurally there's no problem.

Where do you live? With exchange rates favorable to the US dollar, you may do well to look into NZ/Oz makers. I got mine for less than half of what I'd have to pay for a US-made instrument. Here is Davy Stuart's site.

As for the instrument you're talking about -- why not wait `til it's fixed, then check it out and decide?


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Subject: RE: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Dec 02 - 12:47 AM

Claymore, David is probably giving a load of auld shite. David has never delivered an instrument on time in his life........ He always has an excuse for being late. He put me off for over 6 months. I believe he stretches himself too thin and is in over his head. The music shops I know just shrug there shoulders about his ontime delivery. It is just my opinion, but I bet many wouldn't even carry his instruments if folks didn't like the finished product so well. But I must tell you that you will love the instrument when you receive it. It is a damn good thing he makes such a fine instrument, because his on time delivery record stinks. I have yet to hear of anyone that got their instrument within 3 months of the promised delivery date.

Having said all of that, I must tell you that I love the looks, the sound, and the playability of my Freshwater bouzouki. Was it worth the wait? I think you could find others that play and sound just as well. But once you have it, you will be glad you did wait. I simply wouldn't order one if you are within 10 years of your life expectancy..............LOL.

Enjoy it, sir.


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Subject: RE: BS: buying a bouzouki - dilemma
From: Stu
Date: 03 Dec 02 - 08:55 AM

Thanks for the advice folks!

The bouzouki's a John Hullah, a luthier from Norfolk, UK. I'll follow Michael's advice - I think I'll take a look at it and if it's OK I'll buy it. I've played it once and it sounds sweet as a nut.

Now, who's your favourite player and style?

Mine's Donal Lunny, which may seem obvious but I just love his percussive style. How do the pros do those little runs between chords?


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