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    I was wondering if anybody owns or has seen a Takamine mandolin. On their webpage
    they say they were building classical guitars and mandolins. I have never seen a Takamine mandolin. I would like one to go with my Takamine acoustic.
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    A quick internet search brings up this thread. I have a Takamine guitar but have never seen a Taka mando.
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    your link is as nonexistent as the ones I found..... I did a search yesterday to see what I could find. a number of llinks came up, but everyone I clicked on had no actual mandolin even though the link said it was for a takamine mandolin......
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    I've never seen one either. But if I had, it would look like this.

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    Google searches - no luck. And while I've seen a ton of Takamine and Jasmine guitars, never seen a mandolin.
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    Maybe they build them and put a different name on them...If so, that should show up on their sites though....

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    Takamine's parent company is KMCMusicorp. KMCMusicorp is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. KMCMusicorp also makes Ovation branded instruments among a slew of other brand names they own. With that kind of mix of brand names I'm really not sure what that mandolin would look like.
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    As I understand it Mike, KMCMusicorp only owns 12% of Takamine Gakki Co.
    Interestingly, I found this law suit filed by Takamine Gakki Co against KMC Music, Inc., and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, in September last year for trademark infringement.

    KMC seem to have obliterated the web presence of Takamine in all countries but the USA. Once upon a time there were many different Takamine websites including a most excellent one based in Japan. It seems to me like the American fender bully boys have muscled in to trash a once great Japanese enterprise.

    Update: I purchased a copy of the corporate disclosure statement in the aforementioned law suit. According to the statement; "Takamine Gakki Co., Ltd. is a privately held company without a parent corporation and that no publicly held corporation owns 10% or more of its stock." Although they spelled 'publicly' 'publically'. Odd for a legal document to have such a glaring spelling error.

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    Managed to find the other websites.
    http://www.takamineguitarsworldwide.com/
    http://www.takamineusa.com/
    http://www.takamineguitars.co.jp/

    Much better than the KMC one but still no mention of a mandolin.
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    Takamine's Wiki page that they could easily edit shows KMC as their parent company. Unless that means something else in Japan it would indicate they are owned by that parent.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takamine_Guitars

    Amazingly enough they have no distribution in the US on this page even though they are building signature American CW artist guitar models. I think what you have here is a marketing department that knows its audience and is marketing to them.

    It appears those other websites are all the same site being pointed to different addresses. AT best they are the same code. I'll note the KMC site mentions it owns or has holdings in the listed companies so it very well could own a portion of any of them. I'm just confused by the "parent" designation. I don't think you'd get that with 12% ownership.
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    I suspect KMC wrote the Wiki page and no one from Takamine has checked it.

    I doubt the court document is wrong and if it isn't then the 12% is also wrong.. I can send it to you if you like. If so, PM me your email address.


    Update: I just purchased a copy of the complaint in the above mentioned law suit. I haven't read it all yet but it looks like fascinating reading so far.

    According to the complaint, KMC have fraudulently obtained copyright over the Takamine trademarks and gained control of the domain takamine.com and Takamine wants them back.
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    My stores have sold Takamine guitars for the last 3-1/2 decades. I've played mandolin for half that time.
    No Takamine mandolins.
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    I've never seen or heard of one, either.

    Btw, Ted, it's a good thing Trevor doesn't ship to the US anymore, or I'd be all over your old blue Rigel! That Fender blue burst I bought from you a few years ago is still going strong. I've moved up the mandolin food chain a bit, but my brother still plays it in his church's praise band...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post

    Amazingly enough they have no distribution in the US on this page even though they are building signature American CW artist guitar models. I think what you have here is a marketing department that knows its audience and is marketing to them.
    The answer to that is contained in the complaint.
    Takamine say there is no written agreement for KMC to distribute their products in the USA and are awaiting the outcome of proceedings to find a new distributor. So much for Fender, KMC and KMI's claims to ownership of Takamine.

    Actually after reading more closely, it seems Takamine has got a new distributor but KMC is deliberately interfering with the business relationship between Takamine and the new distributor.
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    I know of one that exists although I have not seen it and it is not currently for sale.

    I suspect it was a prototype and the story I got from a totally dependable source was that the Fender Rep was in the Takemine factory, saw it hanging on the wall, said he was interested in it and was given it as a gift. I'm told it sounded great and one day I hope to see it but my source (a music shop) says he cannot give out confidential details. i.e. Owner's name. He says 100% it is a Takemine F5 mandolin.

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    How does one pronounce Takamine? Is it "take - a - mine". "take - a - minnie", tack - a - mine or minnie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    How does one pronounce Takamine? Is it "take - a - mine". "take - a - minnie", tack - a - mine or minnie?
    Since Takamine is the name of a mountain in Japan, the Japanese probably say "tack - a - meenay".
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    I’ve grown used to, Tack - a - meenie.
    Though I believe the French pronounce it without the ‘ie’ at the end.
    Hmmmm.

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    I've never seen one either. But if I had, it would look like this.

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    I first saw Takamine guitars back in the late 1970's, when they were still largely considered Martin copies. The owner of the store refered to them as tock-a-meany - so, that is how I came across my pronunciation.

    Never seen a mandolin either . . . .

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    I've never heard anyone say it in any other way than "tah-kah-MEE-nee".

    I own two Takamine acoustics: a 1975 F-385 (12-string) and a 1998 F-370SS (6-string). Both are really good, but the F-370SS is truly spectacular in every way.

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