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Who are/were the Ovation people?

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2017-12-20 12:51 PM (#538451)
Subject: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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I saw an Ovation factory tour video on youtube where you could at long last see some of the people who built our Ovations (maybe one of mine? like the late "geostorm"?), but is there a more or less complete book or website where I can see the names - and faces? Just like a school´s almanac? Would be nice to know who is behind the story. I don´t even know how John Budny looks like, was he in the video? I´m not sure.
If there was a new Ovation book one day this should be chapter one.
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alpep
Posted 2017-12-20 7:09 PM (#538460 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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unfortunately nothing that I know of like that exists
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Beal
Posted 2017-12-21 9:09 AM (#538467 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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Al's right
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Nancy
Posted 2017-12-26 9:02 AM (#538498 - in reply to #538467)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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Here is, from left to right:

John Budny, Mike DeNoi and Mike Scherer



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Love O Fair
Posted 2017-12-26 5:17 PM (#538502 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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Cool pic, Nancy. Thanks for posting! But.. but.. you forgot to name the guitar :-)

Oh.. and it strikes me odd that a guy would be standing in the Ovation plant in a Guild t-shirt. Maybe the laundry hamper was full that day.




Edited by Love O Fair 2017-12-26 5:20 PM
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seesquare
Posted 2017-12-26 5:22 PM (#538503 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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Picture might have been taken during the brief time they made Guilds in New Hartford.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2017-12-26 5:27 PM (#538504 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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@seesquare - "...the brief time they made Guilds in New Hartford."

Didn't know that. I just learned something new! Thanks for the update to my unknowingness.
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adamkrz
Posted 2017-12-26 7:02 PM (#538505 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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I think Hamer guitars also were made there for a short time.
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tpa
Posted 2017-12-27 4:41 AM (#538508 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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A few other have been/are users her. If such a "facebook" is needed it might also be in the shape of a thread here.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2017-12-27 5:46 AM (#538510 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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Thank you for posting this, Nancy. These guys look just like the ones who know what to do.
The guitar appears to be a one-off custom legend custom colour 7. Never seen before. Another recommended guitar for our "shopping list".
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2017-12-27 8:40 AM (#538513 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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The USA Hamers were produced in a moderately sized area on the second floor of the New Hartford factory. After touring this area with Jol Dantzig and seeing the quality they put into these guitars, I had to order my own. Jol featured the building of my custom on his Hamer blog back then to demonstrate the installation of the abalone purfling I had ordered. There was also some collaboration between Hamer and Ovation when the VXT models were being produced. It was just the coolest custom guitar shop ever and the Hamer models were top shelf guitars. Once Fender took over, everything came tumbling down. So sad.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2017-12-27 8:48 AM (#538514 - in reply to #538451)
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It was very surprising to see how small the space was wherein the Adamas models were being produced. It was really not much bigger than a two car garage, if that. A number of us had ordered Al’s OFC I model which were in production at the time. I remember Moody checking out several in an upright rack and hollering back to me, “Hey, Brad, you ordered No. 5 right? Here it is!” Very cool indeed.
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Nancy
Posted 2017-12-27 10:14 AM (#538515 - in reply to #538510)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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DetlefMichel - 2017-12-27 5:46 AM

Thank you for posting this, Nancy. These guys look just like the ones who know what to do.
The guitar appears to be a one-off custom legend custom colour 7. Never seen before. Another recommended guitar for our "shopping list".


This picture was taken last week, John is the Sweetest Man you would ever want to meet, and is as knowledgeable as he is kind!

The guitar is a Custom Custom Legend, 1619-1 Burst, a 1980 (if I remember correctly) with a Custom Claro Walnut top, not laminate. It is a Dream Machine that I worked on for almost 2 years with John, and she is ready to come home. Mike Scherer did the face and the abalone edging, and Mike DeNoi did the neck and the custom inlay in the first position on the fretboard! And she sports hand engraved Waverly gold tuning machines.

I will post a few more pics that they sent me, but I plan on framing this picture and hanging it above the Guitar! Kind of Special to know who made your Dream Come True!!

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Mark in Boise
Posted 2017-12-27 11:01 AM (#538516 - in reply to #538451)
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Wow, Nancy! That's stunning. Merry Christmas to yourself.
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2017-12-27 11:18 AM (#538517 - in reply to #538451)
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Geez Nancy,I wondered what you'd been doing this last year now we know!!!!!
What a beauty,you said you wanted walnut and you got it didn't you
Congrats on a unique one of a kind Custom Legend I hope she gives you many hours of joyful playing.



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elginacres
Posted 2017-12-27 1:17 PM (#538519 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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Just a few connected names here - pics are in a shoebox somewhere, through the years I have had the pleasure of meeting...in order of appearance....Charlie Kaman (at an airshow), got a personal note from Ray Gandick regarding #43, Bill Kaman, Kim Keller, Frank Untermeyer (sp?) Rick Hall, Darren Wallace, Matt Smith, John Budney, Sherwood Carey, and the current generation Bill Xavier.
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elginacres
Posted 2017-12-27 1:18 PM (#538520 - in reply to #538451)
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btw, Merry Christmas Professor!
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Cripple Rick
Posted 2017-12-27 2:31 PM (#538523 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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Wow! That's beautiful, Nancy. Best wishes for a long and happy musical relationship with her (him?). And Hello and a big Thank You to the Ovation team for keeping the dream(s) rollin'.
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standing
Posted 2017-12-27 3:26 PM (#538526 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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Congrats Nancy,

What a gorgeous guitar!

(And with those wizards building it,
you know it will sound magical too!)

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Nancy
Posted 2017-12-27 4:21 PM (#538528 - in reply to #538526)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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standing - 2017-12-27 3:26

...
(And with those wizards building it,
you know it will sound magical too!)



Precisely! John told me that they could do it, and I trust him implicitly!
Can't wait to play her!

Thank you Everyone!! This really is my Dream Ovation, CL's are my Favorites, and it was a true Learning Experience, and a real Blast getting all the pieces together, and sending them to John to Create this Beauty!!!
I am just thrilled to death!! <3
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d'ovation
Posted 2017-12-27 4:41 PM (#538529 - in reply to #538515)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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Nancy - 2017-12-27 10:14 AM

The guitar is a Custom Custom Legend, 1619-1 Burst, a 1980 (if I remember correctly) with a Custom Claro Walnut top, not laminate. It is a Dream Machine that I worked on for almost 2 years with John, and she is ready to come home. Mike Scherer did the face and the abalone edging, and Mike DeNoi did the neck and the custom inlay in the first position on the fretboard! And she sports hand engraved Waverly gold tuning machines. I will post a few more pics that they sent me, but I plan on framing this picture and hanging it above the Guitar! Kind of Special to know who made your Dream Come True!!

Oh my Nancy! I think I just drooled. Congratulations to this awesome christmas present to yourself. Now I can understand why you passed on some of those other wonderful Ovations that have become available. This is just absolutely stunning, and I hope you will let us know how she sounds soon.



Edited by d'ovation 2017-12-27 4:42 PM
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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2017-12-27 4:49 PM (#538530 - in reply to #538529)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?


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Beautiful Nancy. Happy New Year!
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2017-12-27 5:02 PM (#538531 - in reply to #538451)
Subject: Re: Who are/were the Ovation people?



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That is an Awesome looking guitar.
You need to post videos of how it sounds.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2017-12-27 5:31 PM (#538533 - in reply to #538451)
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Drool... puddles and puddles of it. When I said you forgot to name the guitar, I didn't realize that you were actually going to NAME the guitar. So incredibly unique and beautiful! Congratulations on the completion of your project. I will notify the marching band to stand by for its delivery.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2017-12-27 8:21 PM (#538535 - in reply to #538451)
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Incredibly beautiful, Nancy. If it sounds anything close to how it looks, you have a spectacular guitar. What am I saying? It’s already spectacular!
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