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    Default Tools at Brookstone--does the company still exist?

    Twenty-five or thirty years ago, there was a small mail order company known as Brookstone in one of the New England states that sold all kinds of small hand tools, such as micro-files and other tools that would be handy in a luthier's arsenal. I have Googled it, and all I come up with is a chain store with a varied inventory, including electronics, furniture, fitness equipment, and much more, but nothing resembling the firm from years past. Does the company I dealt with back then still exist? Any information anyone might have would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Tools at Brookstone--does the company still exist?

    Hello,
    Most of the Brookstones today are akin to hemmiker-schelimiker type mall stores proporting to sell "the best" of each kind of consumer toy/tool/gadgets. Aside from the usual Stew-Mac etc type tool sources, I suggest you try Garrett-Wade (www.garrettwade.com/) for EVERYTHING in (beautiful) finest quality hand tools. WARNING: Hold On To Your Wallet (because you will want at least one of everything, even stuff you have no use for!). Oh, and it is well worth asking for a copy of the print catalog. You are certain to end up pouring over it for hours just like we used to with the Sears, Monkey Ward, and Herters catalogs. n$i Fare well, db
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    Default Re: Tools at Brookstone--does the company still exist?

    Bookstone only sells gimmicks now.
    Lee Vallley also sells wonderful, high quality tools. Link Here
    So do Lie Nielson and Veritas
    All are expensive.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Tools at Brookstone--does the company still exist?

    Thanks for the update on Brookstone. I suspected the company I dealt with years ago had ceased to exist in the form I remembered. Progress, I guess.?.

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    Default Re: Tools at Brookstone--does the company still exist?

    I bought a bunch of kind of esoteric stuff from Brookstone a long time ago. I think they had a store in downtown Boston. It did devolve into a mass-production outlet store, I guess.

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