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« on: November 07, 2007, 07:52:36 PM »

Oubaas, your name sounds familiar...
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2007, 02:40:18 AM »

LOL!  Just pitched up and saw this one!  Well, I lived in "die Vry Staat" for quite a few years, but I'm American born.  The wife, on the other hand is a "When We..." Rhodesian who was transplanted to SA.  Right now I have just the one Larrivee, an L-03R which I love, but I'm in the market soon for an SD-60 SBT.  The wife tagged me with "Oubaas", which she laughingly dubbed me when the white in my whiskers gained dominance, but originally, "Oubaas" was her dog when she was growing up, LOL!

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2007, 03:08:55 AM »

My wife is South African (sorta), does that count?  We live in China, though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007, 08:16:12 PM »

I'm not too concerned about who are the South_African connections really;- I'm merely curious/interested on whether peopled at home have the same exposure to quality instruments that most Larri owners on this forum have;- judging by the response obviously not. However, it is cool to be part of the international Larrivee family, and to be able to share points of view, and also to learn more about these incredible guitars.
I own a LV10E (B-Band) and an awesome SD-50E (I-mix) (both 2005 models)

Oubaas, you'might be interrested to know that the Vrystaat Cheetahs beat the Gauteng Goldens Lions in the Curriecup-final (rugby)
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007, 01:55:02 AM »

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I'm not too concerned about who are the South_African connections really;- I'm merely curious/interested on whether peopled at home have the same exposure to quality instruments that most Larri owners on this forum have;- judging by the response obviously not.

You're right, from what I can tell.  Here (Beijing) there are three Larrivees that I know about.  All parlors and all brought in by the owners.  Hopefully, I'll increase the population by one within 6 months.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007, 04:24:01 PM »

Mike, Tell me more about your (guitar) passion in China. Do you gig at all? Nice guitars you have there... My Walden GA was also made in China (Cedar/Indian Rosewood), it's got a Fishman Ellipse Mic/UST. I use it for praise & worship, and it works well, but not in the same league as the Larrivee's though...
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2007, 11:46:13 PM »

Thanks for asking!  I don't do much, but am starting to get requests.  I spent 30 years away from playing, so I'm in a funny situation (I think, anyway).  I was classically trained on the violin & trombone, and played other instruments as well.  I took up the guitar, but never was serious -- virtually all my friends were musicians and very, very good (well known names, even today) and I just didn't want to play badly.  Anyway, about 18 mos. ago, I started again.  Because the only people around that I knew played rock & often electric, I decided to play solo mostly (I only do acoustic).  And since I have ZERO confidence in my voice abilities, I don't do much of that (altho that could change).  So now I do some flatpicking, mostly fiddle tunes (some re-arranged to be a bit jazzy) or folk stuff as well as a bit of fingerpicking.  I've got about an hour's worth of material, maybe half of that quite good that people would be interested in hearing.  I'm getting ready to do some performing in front of small groups.  I've got the chance to study with Howard Emerson via video tapes & occasional visits, so once I get through my current schedule of stuff to learn (right now, Happy Traum's Fingerpicking DVD's) I'll start working on some of Howard's stuff.  That should give me a considerable repertoire to keep friends & family entertained.  BTW, I come from a very musical family so maybe its in my genes or something.  Anyway, I seem to learn quickly, even for an old guy! 
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007, 09:36:33 AM »

It's been a while since I posted in here.  How could I let that subject line go ignored?  Greetings from a South African residing in the US.  Rugby World Cup Champions!  Viva Bokke!    
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2007, 02:35:06 PM »

I didn't know Larrivee made guitars in South Africa......
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007, 05:38:14 PM »

Howzit Compatro!!! Where do you stay in the states? Yes, up the Bokkks! I know we shouldn't go political on this forum, but I guess that was the last true bok squad if you know what I mean. We had such a jol here at home, we braaied the skies blue!!! So tell me more about your music interests and your Larri's. I enjoy every moment I spend with mine; -truly great instruments!
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2007, 12:28:42 PM »

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Howzit Compatro!!! Where do you stay in the states? Yes, up the Bokkks! I know we shouldn't go political on this forum, but I guess that was the last true bok squad if you know what I mean. We had such a jol here at home, we braaied the skies blue!!! So tell me more about your music interests and your Larri's. I enjoy every moment I spend with mine; -truly great instruments!

Hey daar ou pal!  I'm living in Indiana...been here just over 4 years now.  I'm actually in the process of determining if I'll be extending my stay here, or heading back to Cape Town in the future sometime.  Musically, I actually work as a worship pastor for a church here, so I'm big on the contemporary Christian worship tunes, and rock and folk type stuff in general...along with fingerstyle.  Starting to explore DADGAD tuning now.  Fun times.  I'm fortunate and grateful to own 2 Larry Jumbos as detailed in my signature...known to many as the increasingly rare and elusive Holy Grails of the Larry world.

Same questions to you boet.  Later.  Grant
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2007, 02:54:27 PM »

Hey Grant!
I've played a few chords on Louis Brittz's JV-05 once, and I tell you, that axe sings like I couldn't believe. Louis is a local Christian artist who opened for Steven-Curtis Chapman on a show way back at TUKS University. I have actually been looking for one myself eversince, but as you probably know, they're scarce like "hoendertande". Anyway, I've given up on that, and got the SD-50 instead, which is also more focussed than the stock Dreads, and the wider neck particularly appealed to me. I'm part of a praise & worship band in Pretoria, and at practice last evening for a Christmas-carols event coming Sunday, I used the SD. I'm very pleased with it. Would still like to get hold of a good J-05 though... So what is the weather like in Indiana? All I know about Indy is that John Melencamp comes from there. (I'm a fan) We have the most gorgeous days in Pretoria - 25 to 30 degrees C, and plenty of rain for this time of summer.
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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2007, 01:05:17 AM »

Can we pleeeeeeeze leave the rugby out of this post. Its a rather sore subject this side of the pond thank you very much. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2007, 05:47:53 PM »

Hey JohnR
Do you feel better now?  (After the Barbarians beat the Boks) I'm not too sure what your affiliation is. Please enlighten me!!! So what Larris do you play?
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2007, 01:42:52 AM »

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So what is the weather like in Indiana?

At this point in time we are gearing to freeze our nether regions off.  Sub zero and lower is the order of the day.  I'll never get used to these Winters.  Having my car covered in icicles is just an offense to my religion.
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