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thepacifist
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: new member looking for a Tokai Reply with quote

Hi Guys,
I'm a new guy on these forums and this is my first post. So a big HI to you all !

In my quest for a decent LP, I've been recently introduced to Tokai through my all-day "endeavors" on the internet
I am looking to buy a MIJ Tokai, and right now am looking at the LS95F and/or the LS150. I do not wish to purchase a higher end model than this because of budgetary constraints.

I'd prefer to buy it new. So if someone can help me get a new model to US from Japan, hit me on onefortheforums@gmail.com
I'd also be interested in used (but not more than 3-4yrs old manufacture) so if someone has it up for sale, my mail id is above. I know the early 80's are the real deal, but I've not yet matured to fully appreciate the vintage stuff. I'm looking more for a player's grade LP which I can use and abuse.

I'll try to be more active in the other forums also. I've still a lot to learn from all you guys. I've read quite a lot on this forum and it's super. I never thought I could find so much information on a brand of guitar which I thought was "obscure" just a couple of weeks back.

Cheers to you guys....
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youami
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look at http://www.kurosawagakki.com/ , they have a huge selection of Tokais and ship internationally from Japan.
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thepacifist
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey youami,
Thanks for that suggestion. I was also looking for references from people who have bought their guitars from Japan. If they can chime in with how easy the process was, what to lookout for, whether they can recommend some particular shop/individual etc, it will be great.
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youami
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've bought many times from these guys in the past:

www.ishibashi.co.jp

I don't think they stock Tokais any more, but they are really easy to deal with. They sometimes have second-hand Tokais on their used lisings www.ishibashi.co.jp/u_box .

www.guitar-shelter.com are awesome, the quickest service from Japan I've ever had, plus they charged about 30% less for shipping than Ishibashi. They seem to only stock second-hand stuff, no Tokai's in stock at the moment, but a few old Greco's and Burny's.

Marcus just recently dealt with Kurosawagakki, check his post in the main Tokai forum.

You're kind of limited if you want a new Tokai, Kurosawa or www.real-standard.com in Japan, Richtone or http://www.tokaiguitar.de/ in Europe.

Sam
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can now buy direct from Tokai Japan....

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.theguitarshop.jp/index.html&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=Shift_JIS

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thepacifist
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys !

I will get in touch with them and see how we proceed. In the meantime, if some people can post in some recommendations or can direct me to a thread which lists validated dealers, it'd be great. I tried searching but could not come up with anything.

cheers!
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thepacifist wrote:
Hey youami,
Thanks for that suggestion. I was also looking for references from people who have bought their guitars from Japan. If they can chime in with how easy the process was, what to lookout for, whether they can recommend some particular shop/individual etc, it will be great.


Helps to know where you are located with respect to duties, shipping, etc.

I just bought a new LS150 from Kurosawa and dealt with Miuko. Flawless transaction..... although I did get hit with duties due of $114. Be prepared to wait a few weeks on the LS150..... they sell as quickly as they come in.
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thepacifist
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:

Helps to know where you are located with respect to duties, shipping, etc.

I just bought a new LS150 from Kurosawa and dealt with Miuko. Flawless transaction..... although I did get hit with duties due of $114. Be prepared to wait a few weeks on the LS150..... they sell as quickly as they come in.

I'll be getting the guitar shipped to Pittsburgh, US.
How much time did it take for the guitar to ship to you? Are the Japanese shops fixed about their pricing or is it negotiable?
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thepacifist
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Im sorry I was searching for shops. Did not see the "Good trader list" sticky.
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thepacifist wrote:
marcusnieman wrote:

Helps to know where you are located with respect to duties, shipping, etc.

I just bought a new LS150 from Kurosawa and dealt with Miuko. Flawless transaction..... although I did get hit with duties due of $114. Be prepared to wait a few weeks on the LS150..... they sell as quickly as they come in.

I'll be getting the guitar shipped to Pittsburgh, US.
How much time did it take for the guitar to ship to you? Are the Japanese shops fixed about their pricing or is it negotiable?


Forum member togps is a Tokai dealer in Germany. He can also hook you up with an LS150.... send him a PM to discuss.

The Japanese shops will work with you on price to an extent.... high demand models like the LS150 don't have alot of haggle room but on the heels of my recent purchase, they might help out on an additional sale.

Time wise, first I had to wait for mine to be made and arrive at the shop..... approx 6 weeks. Shipping from Japan to Dallas via EMS was like 3 days.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add your location to your profile - it saves the rest of us from having to ask where you are every time you post.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=13896

Mike

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thepacifist
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
Add your location to your profile - it saves the rest of us from having to ask where you are every time you post.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=13896

Mike


Did that ! Thanks.

@marcus : Will get in touch with them. Thanks for the update.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

India? Cool, I don't recall seeing any other forum members from India.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. I have no experience with TheGuitarShop, I did deal with Tokai directly earlier this year, this was before they initiated this TheGuitarShop. European dealers regrettably weren't able to help me out finding the lefthanded guitar I wanted to buy. The people on this forum provided me with an email address and the rest was smooth sailing, really nice people at Tokai, easy to do business with. There were some minor difficulties with communication due to neither me nor the person I dealt with at TokaiGakki being a native english speaker, nothing serious though. Mind you, I did pay a bundle for shipping and ensurance, money easily saved when dealing with a dealer who is able to make a better deal with Tokai (through his importer or otherwise). I would highly reccomend dealing with Tokai directly, provided you don't find the guitar you want with any official dealer or seller off this board. Good hunting!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JuniorEnthousiast wrote:
Hi. I have no experience with TheGuitarShop, I did deal with Tokai directly earlier this year, this was before they initiated this TheGuitarShop. European dealers regrettably weren't able to help me out finding the lefthanded guitar I wanted to buy. The people on this forum provided me with an email address and the rest was smooth sailing, really nice people at Tokai, easy to do business with. There were some minor difficulties with communication due to neither me nor the person I dealt with at TokaiGakki being a native english speaker, nothing serious though. Mind you, I did pay a bundle for shipping and ensurance, money easily saved when dealing with a dealer who is able to make a better deal with Tokai (through his importer or otherwise). I would highly reccomend dealing with Tokai directly, provided you don't find the guitar you want with any official dealer or seller off this board. Good hunting!


You will probably find that the person you dealt with at Tokai is the same person that you will deal with at the "guitar shop"..

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