January 27, 2011

Props to the Prez!

MMS8_small.jpg We must not forget that the glass is 1/3 full. The President whiffed on free trade agreements for Colombia and Panama. But he did sign one for South Korea.

And I just purchased this awesome Korean mandolin.

Korean instruments used to be terrible, both for lack of manufacturing prowess and shipping concerns: delicate tops could not survive the boat ride so all Japanese and Korean guitars were over-fortified and offered less tone. Then, in phase two, they found their mojo and built good quality, playable student instruments. Nice, but always a big step behind higher end American products.

In my recent hunt, however, I played some incredible, top-drawer, Asian mandolins including a $2200 Chinese model that I almost bought. Yes, it takes time to acclamate to big prices of tiny items. Gibson rules the roost. Their F-series start at 3K for no-frills, but the bulk of their line is in the 8-16K range. After the Nashville flood, they have not built any and supply is even further diminished.

And no, I didn't sell a first born, mine was a little less than $800. Nothin'!


Posted by John Kranz at January 27, 2011 10:56 AM

A shot from the Virtual Coffee House?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at January 27, 2011 12:52 PM

Coming... The photo was lifted from the web site* but it pretty accurately matches mine.

* Hope Morgan Monroe is not a Righthaven firm -- I'll be in the pokey!

Posted by: jk at January 27, 2011 2:33 PM | What do you think? [2]