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    Hi Guys,

    My name is Darren, I've been working with Luthier Thomas Buchanan to put his new website www.folkmandolin.co.uk together and take Folkmandolin into the future. Please check out his new website.

    It's been a pleasure working with him over the past few weeks and learning more about Mandolins and folk instruments in general and the craft of building instruments. I'm a guitar player and I've gained a much greater appreciation.

    Thomas Buchanan has been working with stringed instruments for over 30yrs. He has produced many fine instruments which have gone all over the world with many in the hands of some fabulous musicians.

    Please check it out

    www.folkmandolin.co.uk

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    The link will not let me access the website. I get the same image that Al posted above.
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    Iím just getting what looks like a Wordpress template but no actual content

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    It works for me, just takes a few jiffies to load but looks nice.

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    I am not sure what is happening to others concerning access. I just tried (before reading about their problems). The site opened just fine and I bounced around the different pages. Well designed. I will check out more after my coffee is done brewing.
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    7:19 on the west coast US: Every page loads for me, some pages faster than others. I don't have a particularly fast connection, also I'm using Firefox on a linux box.

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    Link works for me... it is a little slow, but that could be more because all three of my kids are home and using the wifi, lol!

    Nice looking site and some great looking instruments!
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    I'm getting through on my phone just fine. Nice site and very beautiful instrument on the main page.
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    Just a word of advice from a web designer...that font is really hard to read.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. We're looking at doing a few things to speed up loading times and will improve how things look and work over time.

    Most importantly we're looking at keeping the website updated with new instruments and content. We will have added hopefully 3 or 4 more instruments to the shop by next week and we also want to keep the site fresh with interesting content focusing around folk Musial instruments, Thomas Buchanan and his workshop. Was thinking about a blog.

    Keep looking around. happy to hear more from you guys

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    Works for me, looks great! But the URL displays as http://polkadoteggs.co.uk here which might put some people off.

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    Working just fine now. Nice looking instruments.
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    Fine looking pages, well done. To add some personal info, I'm on my third 10-string and Tom has improved his bracing system for a very lively top plate and good projection. My current 10 is getting a lot of use in the folk-dancing scene lately.
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    Whats with the polkadoteggs.co.uk address?

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    I'm in Thailand, and the site works perfectly well. I agree with GDAE who said the font used is far from ideal. There is a good reason why you never see block capitals throughout a whole site: it looks awful. Even worse, the blurry, aged-print look of that font doesn't make for comfortable reading.

    I couldn't find any YouTube clips, which nowadays are pretty much a necessity if you are to attract new buyers.

    I look forward to updates, as Mr Buchanan's mandolins look great.

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    Good viewing on East Coast of Gondwana.(Australia)

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    It worked ok for me,but the pages loaded extremely slowly,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    I couldn't find any YouTube clips, which nowadays are pretty much a necessity if you are to attract new buyers.

    I look forward to updates, as Mr Buchanan's mandolins look great.

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    Hi Ron,

    Have a look on the Scrapbook page. It's filled with pictures, Youtube videos and a bit about the history behind Thomas Buchanan and Folkmandolin. I'm also thinking of adding a blog, so we can document new and exciting things coming through the Workshop. We currently have an original 1927 Weissenbourn and Ukulele in for repair!

    Thanks again for the all the feedback.

    A few answers to Q's
    Polkadoteggs is a domain we've been using to build the site and keep the previous folkmandolin website up in the mean time. We will be transferring our website to folkmandolin fully very soon and generally doing some optimisation which should hopefully speed things up. I'll have a look at introducing some better type faces and fonts to make things clearer as well

    Thank you to everyone who has checked out the site!

    www.folkmandolin.co.uk

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    Lemme go take a look!
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenmandolin View Post
    Hi Ron,

    Have a look on the Scrapbook page. It's filled with pictures, Youtube videos and a bit about the history behind Thomas Buchanan and Folkmandolin.

    www.folkmandolin.co.uk
    My apologies for not spotting those.

    rm

    p.s. Strangely, despite being able to see the site easily earlier today, now I am repeatedly directed to the Wordpress page people mention above, with no forwarding to the Buchanan site.

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    Nice looking site but, as others mentioned, slow. Google recommends inlined your above the fold styles and asynchronously bringing in everything else (see https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/). Have fun

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    A really nice looking website. Loads fast where I am. As a retired Compositor/Typographer, I agree with GDAE that the typeface is a little off-putting. We tend to recognise word shapes when reading and all upper case text interrupts the flow and slows down our reading. Please don't take this the wrong way as I think you have done a great job on the site and the instruments look stunning.
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    Nice looking site! I've also got a lot of web dev experience and I concur with the others about the font. I would also encourage you to have your text proofread, as there are numerous minor errors (things like incorrect punctuation, improper or mixed tense, etc.). They are nitpicky things but you want the visitor to focus on the fantastic instruments, not the little imperfections of the site.

    One other suggestion is to format the instrument specs, as something like this is a bit difficult to read:

    "Scale Length 350mm Nut Width 31mm Width at 12th Fret 39mm Total Length 650mm Body Depth 65mm Body Width 270mm Price £ 1089"

    All in all, a very nice site and some really fine instruments!
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    Cheers guys
    I have done some work to make sure the site loads a little bit quicker and once the site is moved permanently to the folkmandolin address and not a redirect things will be quicker generally. Looking at addressing your type font concerns too.

    Can I ask please If you'd like more mandolin eye candy and content in your daily feeds please to leave a like on our social media pages which we'll be updating daily
    www.facebook.com/folkmandolin
    https://www.instagram.com/folkmandolin/
    twitter.com/mandolinfolk to keep up the discussion

    If you guys aren't aware on our currently available page also we supply strings on our shop for various instruments and can even supply custom gauges. Free UK Shipping
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