bacsidoan wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:35 pm
Thank you for the offer. That was a few years ago. Now, a 3 year wait is a little long for a 63 year old man; I could be dead by then
Well, thats a reason to maybe re-reflect the whole issue.
I must admit that I don't understand the whole chain of arguments. You don't resign from shopping your vegetables from your local market just because it belongs to some huge company that maybe is even monopolizing the market in your city.
But here were are even talking about quite different things: You maybe can avoid buying your vegetables in the shop X by driving to the shop Y that is farther away (and using gas sold by another monopolistic company).
But what about singular pieces of art? Imagine you would fall in love with "Perishable Vase" by Marcin Rusak. It's on auction at Sotheby's. Imagine, you could afford it, but for some reason you don't like Sotheby's; but you love that vase! Are you going to buy a vase at Walmart instead, or to be more fair, at some local pottery? Just because you don't like the seller?
If you understand that guitars are as singular pieces of art as any piece of art, and in no way to be substituted by another instrument sold by another guy you are more sympathetic with, I think you will go to the shop that happens to have that singular piece of art that just can't be had elsewhere, and you'll buy it, if you can afford it. Of course, if you can't afford it, it's another story, than we all have to accept our limits, at least temporarily.
I have always had a feeling of awe how these things come together: to have the chance to have a certain instrument, to have, so to speak, the sufficient connection to it, so that you can actually obtain it.
We also have to understand IMHO that there are economical/commercial aspects of the trade that are not easy to circumnavigate. As for Sebastian Stenzel, he would be probably unknown in the USA (like many other great European luthiers) if not for the GSI. I think a bit of gratitude and loyalty on his side is quite alright.
I'm really sorry for our self-imposed limitations of any kind, limitations we all have and that sometimes unnecessarily block in our paths...
Recently I was told about a guy who fell in love with a Robert Bouchet guitar, and went through the pains to travel back and forth from Europe to New York and get that guitar for quite a substantial money, just because he loved it, although there are plenty other guitars that are cheaper and - as people would argue - 'at least as good' as the Bouchet. I very much respect that attitude (we don't discuss the money side of the transaction here...
Maybe you just go there, try the guitar and decide? If you are lucky it is not yet sold or reserved... Maybe you'll love it and buy it despite your objections; maybe you will find out that it's not at all for you and you will find another great guitar there, that you love and buy and have a big big laugh, maybe you don't find any guitar for you and just have a huge laugh ...
Just some thoughts...
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