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Post: # 2558Post marklp
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:45 am

Hi Everyone. My name is Mark. I'm from Massachusetts. I was on the previous forum but mostly a lurker. I have way more Collings guitars than my playing deserves, but they are such great guitars. Currently in the market for, most likely, an OM2H so will probably have some questions about that model. Great to see the forum up again. Missed the previous one.
2006 D2HA
2008 I35 Deluxe
2008 290
2015 I35LC

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Real Name: Tom N


Post: # 2585Post uponamouse
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:15 pm

Hi, all, this is Tom N. I registered here as uponamouse, my handle on the old forum, before I saw the suggestion to use our real names. Doh! It gives me a great feeling to see so many familiar names and hear their "voices" again, and to see new folks. I've missed the forum since it went down, with all that knowledge and fun threads. Once, the Wayback Machine displayed all the threads, but none could be read. I only learned about this version when I searched yesterday for "Blazer and Henkes" (!).

I've played since my early teens, now for over four decades. I discovered Collings when I decided after 20 years of playing that I deserved a better acoustic than my Yamaha. Tried many guitars and brands, but a top-notch player friend of a player friend suggested I try Collings. I visited Gryphon, put my hands on a D2H, and it was all over—fit my hand beautifully, and the tone was what I wanted to hear! Thanks to the old forum, I later added an OM1A varnish, and both are glorious guitars with tone that keeps improving.

I have two teen daughters, one who is profoundly limited and the other who is a typical teen. Luckily, my (now ex-) wife and I imbued her with a love of music, and after 6 years of piano lessons and 3 years on clarinet, she's fallen in love with playing the (French) horn. My older teen also loves to hear music.

I've played electric all these years too, and played in a cover band for a handful of years in the oughts, and an original rock band during the teens ("The Ragged Dragoons"; the second CD, which I played on, finally was released in early 2019). Since then, I've been playing in an acoustic format, "Upside the Dirt," with a few fun gigs each year, a few YouTube videos, and a Spotify single this April. We haven't rehearsed since the virus situation began, and a gig scheduled later this summer is ours to play or not. In the meantime, I'm enjoying electrics, acoustics, and looking forward to reconnecting with this great community.

Many thanks to Frank and Eric for bringing this forum to life!

Cheers, Tom
Cheers, Tom

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Post: # 2586Post elambo
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:01 pm

Welcome to our newest members!

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Post: # 2768Post formerfoodie
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:18 am

Whoops! I didn't see the intro thread, so posted something in the main acoustic guitar forum.

Real name is Freddie. My handle on the old forum the same as the new forum: formerfoodie.

Collings guitars were a gateway guitar for me. The punch and clarity of my first Collings really set a new bar of what I should expect in a guitar. Though I have moved on from Collings acoustic guitars, I really enjoyed reading and interacting in the old forum so I'm very happy to learn that the forum is back! I still have a Collings ukulele and (finally) nabbed me a I35 Deluxe last year. The interactions I've had on the old forum have really influenced my stable. The crown jewel in my collection is a Circa guitar with an Old Standard Wood adi top that has been treated with Frank Sanns' Advanced Aging process. So it's great to see that connection with the new forum. Also, I managed to somehow possess sonoman's old Alien - a Blazer & Henkes masterpiece. Needless to say, the Collings forum has been a blessing to my happiness and a curse to my wallet! :D

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Real Name: Bob


Post: # 2922Post gitapik
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:30 pm

Greetings from Brooklyn, NY!

I retired from teaching in the NYC Dept of Ed (Special Ed) last January. I'd promised myself that I"d keep playing, writing, and gigging when I got my first "straight" job at age 30. Along with a pension. And here I am (and can't believe it in so many ways).

As a retirement gift (another thing I'd promised myself), I bought a Collings i35-LC.

:shock: !!!!

I'll be putting up a post about it, soon.

So, hello to all. Glad to be here. Love my Collings. Love to play music. Love to play the guitar!
Life in between the notes

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Post: # 3099Post squamish5
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:56 pm

Hi all
My name is Charlie, I am a collingsaholic.... have owned many of their guitars and mandolins. I was a pretty frequent poster back in the day
I live in 108 mile ranch now, that’s in British Columbia

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