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« on: September 24, 2009, 01:33:29 AM »

Not sure if this question has come up before but it's been overly discussed, I'd appreciate if some kind souls would direct me to the thread in this forum. 

Lately the name "Avalon" has come every now and then.  All I've known is that is an Irish company that once was associated/linked to George Lowden. 

My interests lies in the guitars produced by them.  It's not as popular as Larrivee or Morgan or common name that you can substitute here, but I'm sure somebody in this forum knows a thing or two about Avalon.  I would appreciate perhaps some info if you own/previously owned an Avalon to share about your impression about their make. 

What would you say is the area of difference between this Irish product/design and say, Larrivee?

Thanks for your sharing! 
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 09:59:39 AM »

Lately the name "Avalon" has come every now and then.  All I've known is that is an Irish company that once was associated/linked to George Lowden. 
What would you say is the area of difference between this Irish product/design and say, Larrivee?
Thanks for your sharing! 

 +1 I've followed the Avalons with great interest - they're very popular in the praise and worship fraternity with players like Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, Robin Mark and Lincoln Brewster using their guitars.
http://www.wildwoodmusic.com/Inventory/Guitars/Avalon.htm
I'm generally a fan of the Irish builders. George Lowden seems to be the mentor to Irish builders pretty much as Jean Larrivee is to Canadian builders. They seem to have the use of cedar combined with Walnut and Rosewood perfected into great warm guitars with loads of presence. Another Irish diamond is Dermot Mcilroy.
http://www.shorelinemusic.com/guitars/mcilroy.shtml
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2009, 05:31:10 PM »

I've owned two Avalons in the past couple of years. The first was a Czech Furch-made Avalon A201c that didn't live up to my memories of a couple of Irish Avalons I'd played. Sold it. Then I scored an Irish (actually Northern Irish) A201 on Craigslist for a very nice price; a cedar/rosewood grand auditorium. This is one of the Gold mid-series Avalons (available now only as special orders). Much closer to what I remembered an Avalon to be. It's apples/oranges re. Larrivee, IMHO. My OM01 is louder and more potent and does everything well, even heavy strumming. The Avalon is a prettier sounding, warmer, more introspective guitar; best for fingerstyle and DADGAD etc. The OM01 is my #1, but I enjoy having the Avalon too.

Of course, now Avalon focuses on high-end models, which are much beloved by their owners. I've never played one, but would like to see what they're like. If you're looking for a great deal, lay for a used Irish Gold (I can't recommend the Czech Avalons). To find out more, check out the Avalon website and forum... http://www.avalonguitars.co.uk/
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2009, 12:18:06 AM »

Thanks for your input, fellas! Appreciate the help. I found an S200 (spruce top/rosewood) on EBay at a good price. After corresponding with Avalon, I was pleased to know the item was actually made in Ireland.  Also going through the links that you all suggested helped sealed the decision. Had enough time to place a bid and got it. Will feedback on how i find this item later on.   
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2009, 07:29:04 AM »

Thanks for your input, fellas! Appreciate the help. I found an S200 (spruce top/rosewood) on EBay at a good price. After corresponding with Avalon, I was pleased to know the item was actually made in Ireland.  Also going through the links that you all suggested helped sealed the decision. Had enough time to place a bid and got it. Will feedback on how i find this item later on.   
+1 Congratulations Alvin - I trust you'll give us a complete review in due time! (and of course photos)
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2009, 02:34:48 PM »

Avalon now only produces the "high end" guitars, named Legacy and Premier Series. They are basically Lowden designs with slightly different bracing which tends to be a little stiffer but will not overdrive the soundboard when strummed heavily, a different neck and bridge pin. Outstanding guitars. All three well known Irish guitar makers (Avalon, Lowden, McIlroy) have about the same level of quality. It depends on your taste as they all have their distinct sound - which still is the Lowden sound as a basis. I am happy that one has a choice of Irish guitars now, although George Lowden surely still is the big name in the game...
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009, 10:35:58 PM »

I owned an avalon D200ce and it was a great guitar made out of Ireland that came with a Hiscox flight case. I wish I'd never sold it, but at the same time the cut away on it was pretty steep.  Great guitars!!! Hands down, superb quality.  You can't go wrong. 

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