Ok so I year ago I got the building bug. Ive been researching dropping hits to my wife that im gonna order slabs of wood in the mail…and she will be losing me a couple nights a week to the garage… First and foremost I love playing mandolin. I have no aspirations of going into business making them. I want to make the dream mandolin that I cant afford to buy. Amongst many reason (inclusing for fun) there is a political stance im trying to make, as pretty as a Loar or a Morgan Monroe are, I just cant bring myself to give my money to China for jobs that I wish were still American. That said me building my own mando isnt going to employ anyone. Im doing my best to buy from American or Canadian suppliers but lets face it tuners and tail pieces will likely be Chinese knockoffs or European or so expensive as to price me out. and im buying at worst two sets…that’s hardly gonna keep people in business.
So I guess what im asking is either validation that im doing the right thing and that this undertaking will be worth my time effort and money or a smack to the forehead that I should just break down and buy the Loar and focus the next years getting so good ill be able to buy a real “Loar” to tour China with.