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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:47 pm 
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* Sorry for cross-post with thesession.org
I would like to read as many opinions as I can get.

I will open an Irish traditional music store in Kyoto this November.
Now I am only selling flutes and whistles online, but when I opened the store, I am wishing to sell some other instruments such as the harp, hammered dulcimer, bouzouki, tenor banjo, concertina, bodhran, and so on.

Would you recommend some instruments that the price is acceptable, waiting time is not so long, and has a good quality?

In order to see music stores and makers, I will go to Europe for 2+ months from June to September.
I'll visit France, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Belgium, UK, and Sweden.
Do you recommend any good music stores and makers in those countries?
I know Hobgoblin, Custy's, Walton, Knotted chode(does it still exist?)
How about Folkfriends and Coda music?

The space is not quite big but I also want to sell CDs and music books.

If you have a chance to visit Kyoto, please come to my store. Its lower floor is an Irish pub which has regular sessions and upper floor is a B&B. Wow, Irish musicians' heaven!!

My online music store : https://celtnofue.com/

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At least when it comes to bouzoukis and octave mandolins, a lot of the entry-level instruments are coming out of asian factories in the first place, often China and Korea. These appear under a bunch of different brand names, but probably come from a much smaller number of factories. You might find a source for these closer to home than Europe.

They're not awful, thought most in comparison with a luthier-build* are are over-built and over-lacquered. Still, I'd accept one.

*But, I suspect that importing luthier-made instruments from the west will at least triple your price. I'm sure that the best will be worth it, because in any high-end instrment, 3/4 of the money is in the last 5% of the sound. Or more, for really high end instruments.

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Knotted chode(does it still exist?)


The Knotted Chord was only in business a few short years. Ciaran Cotter, the owner of the shop, sadly died during the early 2000s and the shop closed.

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Thank you for all of your comments, I have some chances to go to China and South Korea, so I will try to find how to get them.

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s1m0n wrote:
I suspect that importing luthier-made instruments from the west will at least triple your price. I'm sure that the best will be worth it, because in any high-end instrment, 3/4 of the money is in the last 5% of the sound. Or more, for really high end instruments.

Here's an idea: Surely there are good Japanese luthiers. If they've never made a 'zouk, give 'em a good one to study. Buy local, as my dad always said. :)

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hatao wrote:
Thank you for all of your comments, I have some chances to go to China and South Korea, so I will try to find how to get them.


If you check at https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/ you might well find that someone there can give you much more specific info about how to find these manufacturers, or at least how to contact their primary distributors.

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hatao wrote:
Knotted chode


I'm sorry, that's a hilarious mistake. I'd love for this to be real.


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I had to visit the Urban dictionary to get that one. Image

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I had to visit the Urban dictionary to get that one. Image

Now you've made me look. Almost wish I hadn't ... I could have remained blissfully ignorant ...

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Not around here, you don't.

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hatao wrote:
If you have a chance to visit Kyoto, please come to my store. Its lower floor is an Irish pub which has regular sessions and upper floor is a B&B.
An Irish pub in the same building.. sounds perfect! Will try to visit your new store next year.


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Mr.Gumby wrote:
I had to visit the Urban dictionary to get that one. Image

Now you've made me look. Almost wish I hadn't ... I could have remained blissfully ignorant ...

Me too. That's five minutes of my life I can't get back. Does this slavish seeking of urban knowledge we lack but have no use for make us all chodes?

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walrii wrote:
benhall.1 wrote:
Mr.Gumby wrote:
I had to visit the Urban dictionary to get that one. Image

Now you've made me look. Almost wish I hadn't ... I could have remained blissfully ignorant ...

Me too. That's five minutes of my life I can't get back. Does this slavish seeking of urban knowledge we lack but have no use for make us all chodes?

I'm afraid that sadly, yes, it does. :twisted:

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Nanohedron wrote:
walrii wrote:
benhall.1 wrote:
Now you've made me look. Almost wish I hadn't ... I could have remained blissfully ignorant ...

Me too. That's five minutes of my life I can't get back. Does this slavish seeking of urban knowledge we lack but have no use for make us all chodes?

I'm afraid that sadly, yes, it does. :twisted:
Perhaps, but not worth getting yourself in a knot over.


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Tunborough wrote:
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walrii wrote:
Me too. That's five minutes of my life I can't get back. Does this slavish seeking of urban knowledge we lack but have no use for make us all chodes?

I'm afraid that sadly, yes, it does. :twisted:
Perhaps, but not worth getting yourself in a knot over.

Ooooh, a circle back pun. I love it!

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