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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Inflation is here and it's gonna get worse

I just stopped by Leo Posch's website and checked his new price list. His base price is now $4000.00 and specific details add more, such as Rosewood.
I will be the first to say that Leo is worth the price but he's now completely out of my universe.
Frankly, given the pricing out there, he was too low for what he could and should get and materials and such are rising in cost.
Just prepare yourself for instruments becoming much more expensive.
Leo is part of a group of elite builders that can legitimately charge this much money.
I will have to go check Martin's site for recent prices now. It's a good thing I have my good Martin already.

Incidently, if you don't know it already, the tonewoods we all love and enjoy are becoming less and less available and the prices are rising for them. A day is coming when you won't be able to get these. At least for a while.


  1. Artisan-crafted instruments are certainly worth the money--if you can afford one! But the solution to the tonewoods shortage may be at hand in the form of carbon fiber composite materials. Makers like Rainsong, Emerald and the newly revived Composite Acoustics are making amazing instruments already, and it may not be too long before affordable, sweet-sounding, environmentally friendly (not to mention impervious to humidity and heat) guitars, fiddles etc. will be in the hands of the masses!

  2. The problem with that is, these kind of materials are also closely tied with petroleum and that will only get more expensive. Even now these things are not cheap. I actually like the sound of a Composite acoustic and I know of at least one big time blue grass guitarist that plays one in his performing. Take one of those to Winfield and you don't have to fret about that killer heat or winters dryness like you mentioned. You may be right, in that such things will perhaps be the future. However other tonewoods are there that are under-utilized, Oak for instance. They sound pretty good. Norman Blake had one made and may well still own it.


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