View Full Version : epiphone to Scotland?!
Can anyone help? I'd like to buy my dad a new mandolin for his birthday. A Gibson is, sadly, well out of my price range but I could afford an Epiphone (MM-50). My huge problem is that I cant find a European stockist and I've been unable to buy one online due to Epiphone US trading restrictions - does anyone know of a UK stockist?
I'm not even very sure of the quality of Epiphones and would appreciate any feedback on the brand and any other makes you would recommend - preferably ones I can buy in Scotland!
Thanks so much!
These people appear to be stocking the MM50 in Derbyshire: Frets n Keys (http://www.rhoffmeister.freeserve.co.uk/banjo/mandolin.htm).
What kind of budget are you looking at spending? If you can stretch to £425, go for a Michael Kelly Legacy Solid from the Acoustic Music Company (http://www.theacousticmusicco.co.uk/) in Brighton. They have by far the largest range of mandolins in the UK.
You may also want to give a call to The HobGoblin (http://www.hobgoblin.com/local/home.htm) who specialise in folk instruments... They may have something, though the Acoustic Music Company shouyld really be your first port of call.
Hope this helps,
Having said that, and bearing in mind that you will probably have to pay about 15-20% import duty, since the $US is so weak against the Sterling at the moment, you may want to try and find a US dealer that will deliver here.
It may also be goo to look for a second hand mando as that could let you skyve off the import tax...
Thanks very much for your help, Germain! I've emailed both shops for some more info. I'm aware I'll have to cover shipping costs and import duty but it would actually be perfect if I could find a UK stockist http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
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Hey Tim, if "Puzzled Scot" can locate inexpensive food and lodging you could take a vacation and hand carry it.
LOL - "Happy Birthday Dad! Here's your new mandolin...oh, and a bloke to play it..."
"...for a week or two!" http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif