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AndyTokai
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:26 am    Post subject: Tokai factory visit pics Reply with quote

Hello fellow Tokai lovers,

Thought I would share a few pics of my recent visit to the factory.















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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, if anyone knows how to fix this, let me know and I'll edit it =)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20359
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://ibb.co/eVHqhn

Is that your first pic ??

If you take away the IMG at the front and back at least you'd have working links.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fixed =)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting, I especially like the Humming bird (photo)!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Andy, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Just looking at your shots brings back some great memories. I wonder if they ever thought about doing a working holiday where you order and build your own guitar?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful !! I love that it's still just a small family owned business.
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AndyTokai
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brokentoes wrote:
Wonderful !! I love that it's still just a small family owned business.


Yeah, that as well as how small it is and how relaxed the working environment seems to be came as a nice surprise. Lovely place.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iainblack wrote:
Hi Andy, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Just looking at your shots brings back some great memories. I wonder if they ever thought about doing a working holiday where you order and build your own guitar?


That would be unreal, and I'd love to do it someday. I was also wondering if they might do internships, but didn't think to ask.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post, thanks for sharing. If I ever wind up in Tokyo (which I really would love to), I'd definitely try to find time for that factory tour.

iainblack wrote:
I wonder if they ever thought about doing a working holiday where you order and build your own guitar?
That's an amazing idea.

brokentoes wrote:
Wonderful !! I love that it's still just a small family owned business.
Agreed, truly fascinating and rare these days.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the pics thanks Andy! It is a shame I lost mines other than the ones in the reporting in the forum on 2002 September 6th http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info/tokai-factory-tour.html

Factory is what you see, no more no less.Far from a big high production one.

Great rememberings and a great time I had there. I am sure I will return there someday, don't know when.....
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luis wrote:
Love the pics thanks Andy! It is a shame I lost mines other than the ones in the reporting in the forum on 2002 September 6th http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info/tokai-factory-tour.html

Factory is what you see, no more no less.Far from a big high production one.

Great rememberings and a great time I had there. I am sure I will return there someday, don't know when.....


Hi Luis! Thanks for the link - really cool report! I could tell by reading it that you got the same magical kind of vibe I got when I was there. Mr. Adachi is very kind and hospitable, and it's so great to see that our guitars came from a small, family owned workshop. It gave a whole new meaning to my Tokais. Cheers!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3rdstone wrote:
Great post, thanks for sharing. If I ever wind up in Tokyo (which I really would love to), I'd definitely try to find time for that factory tour.

brokentoes wrote:
Wonderful !! I love that it's still just a small family owned business.
Agreed, truly fascinating and rare these days.


Highly recommended if you have time for a day trip from Tokyo!
As for family owned businesses, they still very much exist here in Japan - seeing small craftsman shops still scattered about the place is one thing that fascinated me when I first got here. Hopefully it stays that way!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the time never started to run, and everything stayed frozen in the 1970's. It's dusty, unglamurous looking, but they can do incredible guitars in those rooms.

In a certain way, it's anti-marketing in it's best form.
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