Re: The Demise of Freshwater
Let me bring over a portion of mandotorius's post from this current thread in the Builders forum:
You all can add me to the list of sad stories: I paid in full for my octave mandolin in September 2009(!), and have been hearing Freshwater's stories about couriers and heavy frost ever since then.
That's what erodes my sympathy for a talented luthier struggling to survive in tough economic times: the lying. I think every one of us understands that hand-building mandolin-family instruments is a risky profession. Don't want to sound holier-than-thou, but had I ordered an instrument, and had I been told that "things are tough here, I'm having problems, doing my best but can't promise when or if I can build your instrument," I think I would have understood. But to be frequently put off with tall tales about weather and shipping issues and such, when the basic reality was impending business failure, makes the final loss of deposits -- and, in some cases, full payments -- less forgivable.
As a side note, I understand Freshwater built instruments for Lark In the Morning, which apparently has been going through its own downsizing and reorganization recently. Could reduced sales to a fairly large customer have been involved in the Freshwater failure? I have no info here, just speculating, and would be glad to hear from someone who has more knowledge.
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