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Guitars in London

Postby lezard » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:15 pm

Hello all
I'll be travalling to london soon and I was wondering if anyone knows of and stockists for manouche style guitars.
In particular I'd like to try out some of the saga gitane and cigano range (or anything reccommended in the £500-£1000 range).
Thanks for any information offered.
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby crookedpinky » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:17 am

You could try the Spanish Guitar Centre in Cranbourne St, near Leicester Square or Ivor Mairants in Rathbobe Place off Oxford St. The Spanish Guitar centre are now importing guitars by APC guitars in Portugal - nice guitars at a reasonable price but they didn't have a huge selection. Ivor Mairants must have the largest range judging by their website. You can try the shops in Denmark Street but, to be honest, you're only likley to find one or two gypsy guitars and they are always seriously over priced - mind you most of their guitars are. I saw an SX gypsy guitar - which you can buy for about £170 new - for sale in Denmark St at £450 - that gives you an idea of how inflated the prices can be.

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Re: Guitars in London

Postby redblues » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:39 pm

Agree with above, avoid Denmark Street, nothing there and the guys behind the counters are generally assholes
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby lezard » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:19 pm

Oh, i had heard good things about denmark st (from none guitarists), I didn't realise it had gotten so bad.

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby crookedpinky » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:57 pm

There are some nice enough guys in Denmark St but they seriously know nothing - and I mean nothing - about gypsy guitars. And there are a few areseholes who think they know it all. In general they slap a premium on guitars because of where they are and if any guitar is from the 70s they call it vintage and or collectable - including the sh*te that Woolies used to sell.

By all means have a look but dont expect too much.
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby lezard » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:20 pm

I'll probably buy online or have something ordered in to my local store, I'd just like to get feel for the build and sound of a few models....... so if they are a shower of arseholes i'll feel less of a git for wasting their time :wink:
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby crookedpinky » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:12 pm

Have you checked these out - great guitars for the money. I've got two

http://www.harmsworthandwillis.co.uk/
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby pinkgary » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:26 pm

Is there a Hobgoblin in London? The one in Brum has quite a few Gitanes & Ciganos. As does the Bristol branch.... Generally the only place to go for gypsy instruments, if you want the man behind the counter to know what he's on about.
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby Thrip » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:05 pm

There's a Hobgoblin on Rathbone Place, on the same street as Ivor Mairants.
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby pinkgary » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:56 pm

That'll be the place to visit then... :D
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby crookedpinky » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:43 am

Thanks for the info, that's anotehr place for me to visit as well next time I'm London
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Re: Guitars in London

Postby lezard » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:18 pm

@crookedpinky
I hadn't seen those before but I'll definitely check them out, they sound great.

Hobgoblin looks good too, i'll drop by.
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