I use Discogs mostly for rare out of print CDs, either new or second hand. As long as you stick to the sellers without grading issues, as is apparent from their neutral and negative feedback scores, Discogs is excellent, much better than eBay. You'll just have to accept the occasional disappointment.For those buying CDs (posts above) I've found Discogs to be excellent.
Why not have one made specially? I paid £1,700 for Stelios Petrakis to make my laouto, for that sort of money you could have a beautiful instrument made in Britain.
I'm not too confident on what specifications suits me. For example, I keep reading about all these neck variations (wide, fat, D profile, C profile) and yet when I study these necks, I don't (or can't) match them to the descriptions. I know exactly if a neck suits me once I've tried it and, for that reason, I'd rather try existing instruments and see how they fit. I know what I'm after tonally but simply don't trust my instincts on describing how it should feel.Why not have one made specially? I paid £1,700 for Stelios Petrakis to make my laouto, for that sort of money you could have a beautiful instrument made in Britain.
Funny you should say that - I'd been thinking Les Paul with P90 pickups - very expensive and difficult to find (and this is where the online side of things come in handy) but recently started looking at Les Paul Specials instead that have P90s but are much cheaper and more plentiful. You can save hundreds of pounds just by going for an unbound fretboard. Again, online helps because I was able to watch and listen to a Special and I'm more or less convinced. I'll still try and buy across the counter locally (well if you can call a 60 mile round trip local). I like to support real shops when I can rather than Amazon or others like it.In that case, you don't need to go anywhere near £1,500!
For half that you should get a beaut.
Apparently the word is derived from 'lute' but because very few folk play these now, perhaps the term should be Guitarier (or in the case of other stringed instruments - Violinier, or Celloier, or Sitarier...I could go on but I'll save you the pain...)Well, that was a word I had to Google!
I didn't know that. Another piece of interesting trivia.Lute itself derives from the word oud.
@Hugh ;Well, I don't see that as helping my community, even my state or country. It's helping some guy who discovered a way to sit in his underwear all day, making money for doing nothing, and then casting my money like eroded soil round the globe.
In the end, many in that chain, even the end all manufacturer feels little to no responsibility for what they sell or how they sell it... that's what makes me hold my line.