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The Kaman Caper - by Alexander M. Pepiak
All it took was a phone call from a good friend from the Ohio Guitar Show (Kim Keller), and I was off in the car for another adventure. Kim is now employed for Kaman Corporation in the Ovation Guitars Service department, and thought I might want to cruise up to Connecticut, tour the Factory and hang out.
Once again I found myself on the Jersey turnpike going north, heading to Connecticut. The first thing you notice is that Connecticut has a whole different feel than the New York city area. It is rather picturesque and definitely gives you the feel of New England . At the end of the four plus hour sojourn I arrived at the factory.
My initial reaction about the factory is that it is ancient. The building was actually a 150 year old textile mill that is set next to a river for water power. I couldn't help but wonder if any of the employees tried their luck at fishing on their lunch hour. (Apparently this is done, but the river is stocked by the state and all fish caught must be released.) The building is huge and was shared with two other companies. This traditional setting is not exactly what one would expect for a company that uses spaceage design and materials in the construction of guitars.
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