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Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement

DonMeixner 07 Oct 05 - 11:43 AM
GUEST,Art Thieme 07 Oct 05 - 02:05 PM
GUEST,Martin Gibson 07 Oct 05 - 04:58 PM
Mark Clark 07 Oct 05 - 05:06 PM
wysiwyg 07 Oct 05 - 05:54 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 07 Oct 05 - 08:55 PM
GUEST,Martin Gibson 07 Oct 05 - 09:46 PM
Auggie 07 Oct 05 - 09:55 PM
GUEST,Martin Gibson 08 Oct 05 - 12:24 AM
Auggie 08 Oct 05 - 08:52 AM
Stephen L. Rich 08 Oct 05 - 10:06 AM
GUEST,Martin Gibson 08 Oct 05 - 01:33 PM
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Mark Clark 08 Oct 05 - 04:16 PM
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Subject: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: DonMeixner
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 11:43 AM

I needed a few sets of banjo strings for my Ode Long Neck and some new Grover Machines for my Martin O-16 NY. Jim Craig at Hogeye Music in Evanston, Ill. spent some time with me. Suggested some options. Suggested a particular brand of medium string that was just what I wanted on the long neck 5. Suggested a set of Grover Sta-Tites with Butter Bean Knobs for the Martin. Quoted a good price plus shipping and they got here in Central New York with in 7 business days. Jim did just what I asked for in a timely manner. I can't be more pleased so I thought I should let you all know. Jim is also a performing musician which may help to explain the great service.

Don


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 02:05 PM

Don,
Jim Craig is a prince of a fellow. His singing voice, to my ears, is the best to make itself known in the Chicago area folk scene over the last half of the old 20th century. And his guitar style is great also. Right on and highly personalized! I'm not surprised you had a good experience working with Hogeye Music.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 04:58 PM

I know his store well. I don't live too far from it. Nice guy. Did some quick work on a Martin I had just bought to make it quite playable until I got my regular tech to make it perfect. I like to give him business for accessories when I need them.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: Mark Clark
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 05:06 PM

I've heard positive references to Hogeye Music as well.

But Martin, I'm curious. Who is your "regular tech?" It's been thirty years since I lived in Chicago but when I was living and playing there I never found anyone I completely trusted. Now, living nearly five hours away, I'd still make the trip if there was a tech there I could really trust.

Thanks,

       - Mark


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 05:54 PM

DITTO. If you want serious attention, go to Hogeye.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 08:55 PM

Jan Burda is a great guitar tech person---a sanctioned Martin repair man. As a matter of fact, Jan Burda, along with his then spouse, Anne Hills, founded and ran Hogeye Music for many years.

He operates out of Berian Springs, Michigan now.

Art


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 09:46 PM

Mark Babin is the guy, located in Hampshire, Il, a far NW suburb of Chicago. If you go on the Martin website, you will see he IS the factory authorized tech in the Chicago area. The guy is a master repair person. He has a shop in his basement and is the guy many stores in the area, including Guitar Center farm their stuff out to.

He is excellent on bridge repairs, caving-in tops, and neck sets. Fair and honest. Ask Jim Craig of Hogeye. He knows him.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: Auggie
Date: 07 Oct 05 - 09:55 PM

One more vote of approval for Evanston's Hogeye Music. My only criticism is trying to find a place to park on Central Avenue.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 08 Oct 05 - 12:24 AM

Park around the corner. Then you can also check out the sometimes cool vintage stuff at Flynn's Guitars on Green Bay Rd, also.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: Auggie
Date: 08 Oct 05 - 08:52 AM

Thanks MG
Will definately do that.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 08 Oct 05 - 10:06 AM

Hogeye Music is a wondrful place and I second Art's comments about Jim Craig. Nancy Dow, who used to own a club called the Barbarossa, would introduce him on stage as,"the most beautiful voice in Chicago".
One of my proudest moment as a performer was the first time I scored a weekend gig there opening for Jim. I haven't heard him sing in years. Jim and Hogeye are two of the very few things that I miss about Chicago.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 08 Oct 05 - 01:33 PM

You mean to say you don't miss a Chicago style hot dog or a good Italian beef sandwich?


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 05 - 02:59 PM

Or the 4 clearly defined seasons? June, July, August and Winter!?


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: Mark Clark
Date: 08 Oct 05 - 04:16 PM

Martin, Thanks for the name. I'll check it out.

I know where Hampshire is, my daughter lives in Mt. Prospect and I actually drive right through Hampshire on my way to her place.

The thing with techs is you really have to know someone whose opinion you trust, who has used that tech, and then sometimes that isn't even enough. I've discovered the hard way that being trained in the Martin factory, having years of experience, and being the area's "Martin certified" tech doesn't necessarily mean the guy will make good decisions about your guitar.

Now my 1970 D-41 needs its first neck reset and another fret job. I need a new (higher) saddle and maybe a bridge plate. I think the last guy (Martin certified) may have replaced the bridge plate.

My guitar was "voiced" by Randy Wood, then of GTR in Nashville, in 1971, a year before I bought it. I don't know whether Randy's voicing including doing anything with the bridge plate. Our local Martin-certified tech may have just returned it to factory specs.

My guitar still sounds great and still makes people envious but, to my ear, it's been "off" since it's last hospitalization.


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Subject: RE: Hogeye Music, Commercial Endorsement
From: GUEST,mark aymar
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 10:30 AM

i've been dealing with jim at hogeye for going on twenty years. he is a terrific guy and a great tech. he really works with you and the instrument to get it just where you need it. he is one of the top banjo set-up guys in the country, in my opinion. i hope he hangs in there because he is the gem of the chicago area tech and folk music scene. sincerely,
mark aymar


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