Mudcat Café message #3392312 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #146512   Message #3392312
Posted By: PHJim
19-Aug-12 - 03:23 PM
Thread Name: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
Subject: RE: Do you buy Fender and Gibson products ?
I went to The Twelfth Fret in Toronto a few years back to look at the Gibson A model mandolin they had on their website. I saw some nice looking mandolins called Eastman on the wall. I took the Gibson, my old Washburn and an Eastman into the back room and played the same tunes on each mandolin. The Eastman blew the others away and it was $300 cheaper than the Gibson. That was seven years ago and the mandolin has continued to improve with age. It is definitely NOT garbage.
Granted, if I thought that the people at Eastman who made my mandolin were involved with the Tiananmen massacre, I would not have purchased that mandolin, but I have no reason to believe that, just because they're Chinese, any more than to believe that the people at the LaSiDo Company, makers of Godin, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie, and LaPatrie guitars were responsible for the Native Residential School atrocities just because they're Canadians.
I have to admit that I've also bought American instruments, even though many Canadian jobs are being sent back to the United States.