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« on: July 17, 2004, 07:56:41 AM »

I was really excited when I saw a Larrivee sign on the facade of a Yamaha Music Center in a shopping mall in Singapore today. But, no Larrivees to be found inside, only Yamahas. I didn't ask. :(

I played several Avalons today in another shop located in the basement of a shopping center in Singapore. A cedar topped mahog. b/s was just ballsy. REALLY liked it. No better or worse than my Goodall, just different. A sitka/mahog was nice too. All A models? All of them had preamps cut into the side though. I could do without that.
Also played a used cedar walnut Lowden F25 that was VERY
deep considering the cedar top. Hey, they only wanted $3000
USD  :shock:
Oh my, has the Emerald Isle caught my fancy?

Also played two Rosewood J-45s and a Koa custom Hummingbird. Sounded great but not in the Goodall/Lowden/Avalon league IMO.
But only $2500 for the J-45s. Not so bad I guess.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2004, 02:12:00 PM »

Sounds like a goodtime was had.Any pix?
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2004, 03:38:59 PM »

Will do Rob!
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2004, 03:41:02 PM »

what are ya doing over there?
I'm jealous
sounds like a cool trip.
have fun
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2004, 04:06:55 PM »

Cool! Did you manage to sample any of the local culture? Your wall would look pretty cool with some sort of south Asian stringed instrument! BTW, how was Hong Kong?  
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2004, 09:45:07 PM »

Eaten any unique seafood?!   :blink:
Even on business, it seems like a great time.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2004, 01:20:21 AM »

I did buy a nice chopstick set all made out of rosewood (no....they didn't have blackwood :P ) in a rosewood case. Very nice. Walked around a lot yesterday soaking up the culture. HOT!!!!
Only saw the airport in Hong Kong unfortunately. But what a view!
Our hosts have been feeding us like crazy. Every meal has been a feast. Ate at a place last night where spaghetti cost $35. Sheeeshh!
No seafood as I'm a vegetarian. They call me Tofu Man as I've eaten tofu in nearly every restaurant. The food is excellent here. May need to buy parlors now as my OMs and L may not fit on my lap anymore. :o  
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2004, 06:21:53 AM »

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Ate at a place last night where spaghetti cost $35. Sheeeshh!
 
Yeah, that sounds like Japan.  I was there in Nov. and Dec.with my Larrivee RW parlor.  I took it to a couple of guitar shops in Yokohama, they loved it.  I Could have sold it for a nice profit but wasn't thinking of letting it go then.  

(Didn't know about BW, heh heh heh.) afro

Sounds like you had a good time, post some pics asap!  I've always wanted to see HK!
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2004, 08:54:48 AM »

yup, yamaha (music plaza) is a horrible guitar dealer in singapore, and so they lost the larrivee dealership...

i suppose the guitar shop at the basement of a shopping centre was sinamex?? and they basically carried mostly taylors?? gotta see those cedar/walnuts then...

glad you had a nice trip...
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2004, 04:00:14 PM »

Tom....HOT is what I heard....a friend of mine was stationed in Singapore in the Air Force....on the flight line it was so hot they couldn't even move.....they'd strip down to underwear and lay in the shade of the aircraft....and pray for breeze!

This traveling make you want to join the peace corps? We'd maybe hear from you in sunny Chad or Micronesia?
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2004, 01:04:46 PM »

Gaz, the Lowden was at Guitar Gallery. Yes, Sinamex was the shop I was talking about with the Avalons. I actually went back on Tuesday and played them again. VERY nice guitars.
Giigler, I'm from central FL so it was kind of like being at home. But at least it gets cool in FL in the winter. Hot all year long in Sing.
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