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Comment by Jim Yates on Tuesday

I also posted this on the Levin/Goya page.  Apparently about 200 D-18s were built in Sweden at the Levin factory shortly after Martin bought Levin.  They were labeled LD-18. 
Have any of you ever seen one of these guitars?  I wonder how the quality compared to the American D-18s. 
I own a 1958 Goya dreadnought (Levin called them Goliaths) and, though its appraised value is a fraction of my Gibson or Martin, I play it as often and it seems to be of a similar quality.

http://www.vintage-guitars.se/Levin/Levin_1978_Martin_LD-18_563941.htm

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 14, 2014 at 7:29pm

Mere pocket money for a man of your resources Jim! They seem to go for a bit less than that going by recent eBay sales. However a thing is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so good luck to them. Suppose it's better than putting the cash in the bank given the current abysmal interest rates.

Comment by Jim Yates on September 14, 2014 at 5:54pm

I think it's over $3000 at George's Guitars in Cobourg, Ontario.  The original tuners are still in the case.

Comment by Dave Fengler on September 14, 2014 at 2:53pm

I didn't notice the ugly tuners.  They need to go.  Quickly!

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 14, 2014 at 1:57pm

Shame about the tuners, still original style should not be too difficult to source. Which store and how much??(Ohhhh temptation, get Thee behind me!!!)

Comment by Dave Fengler on September 14, 2014 at 5:45am

NICE!!!

Comment by Jim Yates on September 13, 2014 at 10:51pm

I sure can't afford it myself, but I hope no one buys it for a while, so I'll get a chance to play it some more.

Comment by Jim Yates on September 13, 2014 at 10:49pm

The store where I teach just got a lovely little 1947 OO18 in today.  It has had a pick-up at one time judging from the end pin jack and it looks like the pick guard is a replacement.  It has Klueson keystone replacement tuners.  There is some wear and tear, but not a lot. 
The fellow who brought it in said that he bought it in 1949 from an acquaintance when it was just 2 years old.  His arthritis has made it impossible for him to continue to play and he has no children who are interested.  

Comment by Dave Fengler on September 9, 2014 at 4:31am

Rosemary - No problem.  We may go back again next year!

FG- That is insane!  It must be fairly rare.

Comment by Rosemary j. Lambin on September 8, 2014 at 10:15pm

Hey, Dave,

Thanks for your detailed description of the Martin Factory tour, and all the pictures you took. Sounds as if it was an enjoyable experience, even if it did take a long time to get there!

 

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