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Suki
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:22 pm    Post subject: 1978 Springy Reply with quote

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1978-First-Year-Tokai-Springy-Sound-ST80-2T-Nitor-Hard-case-MIJ-Good-Condition-/391277316408?&_trksid=p2056016.m2518.l4276
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beauty and the price is about right. Hisashi is a known and trusted seller.
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funkilius
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful colour
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BrazenPicker
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have his direct email address? Thinking of making him an offer in Japan. Heading there in December.
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felixcatus
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A rosewood board Springy, that's what I've been looking for for a while now.............tempting.
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

felixcatus wrote:
A rosewood board Springy, that's what I've been looking for for a while now.............tempting.


Like hen's teeth to find - particularly in that kind of shape. I think I paid about the same for mine.
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bluejeannot
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could live with that guitar!
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felixcatus
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking it over. The thing is, we just completed (paid for) a major home renovation (finished Friday, bad timing ).

The missus probably ain't gonna understand..........ah, we'll see, I might be able to pull it off.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy wife, happy life. Perhaps she's so smitten with the renovation that she might let it happen?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The missus is happy for sure, the bank account not so much.
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felixcatus
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had some good email communication with the seller, very helpful.
But shipping costs, import duty and taxes force up the price considerably, almost 40% extra.

Don't think it's gonna happen.
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BrazenPicker
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, by the time you get that in the EU that's an expensive guitar. And it looks great, but there's no guarantee you'll love it. I've never played a bad golden era MIJ, but not all are "special". I made the seller an offer too, but no response. I don't want to buy at a price where I'll take a bath if I have to sell.

Too bad that ST-80 on YJ at a BIN of 63,000 isn't much of a looker.
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felixcatus
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BrazenPicker wrote:
Yes, by the time you get that in the EU that's an expensive guitar. And it looks great, but there's no guarantee you'll love it. I've never played a bad golden era MIJ, but not all are "special". I made the seller an offer too, but no response. I don't want to buy at a price where I'll take a bath if I have to sell.



Indeed, wise words.

I was willing to pay the asking (fair) price. But not knowing if it suits me and (by the time I will have it in my hands) paying circa 40% extra, is too much of a risk.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No hurries, I'll patiently wait for the right (EU) one to show up.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My personal favorites, are the Esparto Strats. Most have nice medium-chunky C-profile necks and have nice boards. Also more resonant than the Tokai ST-80 with RW board that I had. But most are poly. I find the ST-80 necks a bit too small (combination of V-shape and medium neck depth), and the Greco SE-800 have stupid fat V-necks. It's all personal, but just mentioning that IMO people are overlooking the Esparto strats too much.
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