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Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing
Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Dave Collins

Posted on 04/23/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer’s parent company told the shop’s 46 workers this week.

One former factory worker called it “the end of an iconic American brand.”

Fender Musical Instruments Corp., based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and maker of the iconic Stratocaster electric guitar, said in an announcement Tuesday that it was ceasing domestic production of Ovation guitars and closing the New Hartford factory, citing “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels.” The company also said it is consolidating production of U.S.-made acoustic instruments. …

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1 posted on 04/23/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

How much longer are we going to endure this failed socialist experiment? Until NO ONE has any jobs except rulers?


2 posted on 04/23/2014 1:04:06 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Fender got what it deserved for backing Obama and the Democrats.


3 posted on 04/23/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Olog-hai

I own a Balladier...pretty good accoustic, but I never got used to the backings.


4 posted on 04/23/2014 1:07:58 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: lormand

I like how Ovation guitars sound, but they don’t seem to work well if you play them sitting down.


5 posted on 04/23/2014 1:11:45 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Olog-hai

Who needs jobs??? We’ll just vote ourselves more money. /s


6 posted on 04/23/2014 1:11:57 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
I have a 1614 Custom Legend from 1981, when I played the Jersey Club Circuit.

When we put it through the PA and Playbacks, it sounded like you were playing in a living room.

7 posted on 04/23/2014 1:16:39 PM PDT by fedupjohn (America...Designed by Geniuses...Now inhabited by Idiots..Palin 2016...)
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To: Olog-hai

it was ceasing “domestic production” of Ovation guitars. ................................................Hmmmmmmm? ceasing domestic production? Why not everyone else is.


8 posted on 04/23/2014 1:22:48 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (2016 an election or a coronation of a Queen?)
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To: jsanders2001

Martin and Taylor probably have the bulk share of the American made acoustic market. Both make incredibly good guitars.


9 posted on 04/23/2014 1:24:44 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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“The first acoustic you could plug in”

Is that correct? There were acoustics before 1967 that could be plugged in I’m thinking.


10 posted on 04/23/2014 1:26:45 PM PDT by llevrok (F the government)
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To: Olog-hai

I bought an Ovation Legend back in early ‘80s. Best acoustic I ever owned. Still sounds fantastic.

Used to keep it on a stand in the living area and ready to play whenever the mood struck. Spent many hours playing to unwind after a hard days work. Nothing like having an acoustic for practice. No cords, amplifier, or effects to hook up. Just pick it up and play until the blues go away then put it back on the stand.

Goodbye Ovation, I knew you well...


11 posted on 04/23/2014 1:26:59 PM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: Olog-hai
Farewell. It was a great run. Meanwhile, back in the quiet hollows in southwestern Virginia, another music legend is busy being born. Can you hear it? The circle is unbroken...
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See: Guitar Makers
12 posted on 04/23/2014 1:27:46 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Your joke was so funny that I stood up in applause.


13 posted on 04/23/2014 1:28:04 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Olog-hai
... insufficient volume levels”


14 posted on 04/23/2014 1:28:05 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Texicanus

I still have my Ovation from many years ago. The electronics are shot and it would cost more to buy a new equalizer/preamp then buying a new guitar.


15 posted on 04/23/2014 1:34:13 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: jsanders2001

“How much longer are we going to endure this failed socialist experiment? Until NO ONE has any jobs except rulers?”

Agree with your sentiments. Also wonder how much the direction that music has taken has changed the musical instrument market. Now everything is ‘sampling’ and computer-generated crap. Not sure how many people care anymore about a pristine acoustic sound - from any manufacturer. There are clearly those out there who want a good Martin etc., but things have changed a lot.


16 posted on 04/23/2014 1:35:51 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Olog-hai

I never liked Ovations much Though I am sorry to see another guitar company leave the American scene. Les Paul man myself. Ovation’s sounded good enough but I just couldn’t go for the plastic rounded backs. They made the guitar more difficult to play if seated. I don’t know if it’s just coincidence or not but many Ova’s that I seen with several yrs. on them usually have cracked finishes on the top sound board running vertically in line with the neck. Go Gibson - but keep an eye on that Obama guy. He might be out to steal your wood again ;- )


17 posted on 04/23/2014 1:37:28 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: Olog-hai
"We are committed to providing the same high quality musical instruments our artists, consumers and customers expect and demand, and will continue to support the brands that are currently being produced in New Hartford," Richard McDonald, senior vice president of Fender, said in a statement.

Translation: we're more committed to to improving our bottom line by pawning off cheaper made imports for the same money we charged for those made in the U.S.

18 posted on 04/23/2014 1:46:43 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Olog-hai
"Ovations will continue to be manufactured outside the U.S., Fender spokesman Jason Farrell said Wednesday. He said Fender also builds Ovations in China, South Korea and Indonesia."

Which means they will have a price advantage over Gibson. Gibson will now have to off-shore to remain price competitive.

Raise the import tariffs and bring back American manufacturing. Lower the income taxes by an equal amount.

19 posted on 04/23/2014 1:46:56 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Olog-hai
"Ovations will continue to be manufactured outside the U.S., Fender spokesman Jason Farrell said Wednesday. He said Fender also builds Ovations in China, South Korea and Indonesia."

Which means they will have a price advantage over Gibson. Gibson will now have to off-shore to remain price competitive.

Raise the import tariffs and bring back American manufacturing. Lower the income taxes by an equal amount.

20 posted on 04/23/2014 1:46:56 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I have a Roland Integra 7 synth which has some of the best acoustic guitars ever put in a rack box. I agree. There is NO comparison to a real acoustic much less a GOOD real acoustic.

But they do have their uses when a good player/guitar is not available.


21 posted on 04/23/2014 1:47:43 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: jsanders2001
How much longer are we going to endure this failed socialist experiment?

The business reporter on my local news radio station said this afternoon that "companies have adjusted and figured out how to make money under these conditions."

So to answer your question, it may be a LOOOOOOONG time.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

Could another reason be because today’s young musician includes people who only use recorded drums and synthesized or manufactured ‘push button’ music for their spoken word or rap pieces? Just as in visual art, today, you don’t really need to go to an art school to be a successful graphic artist. All you need do is to be familiar and at ease with the many graphic software programs, starting from Photoshop and building out from there, into computer generated cartoons. I would presume there is an equivalent advantage now available to sound artists, or musicians.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 1:49:38 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

All other forms of music currently hold their own against electronic music. Now in the studio, that would be another matter, what with computer programs like “Autotune” used to correct bad takes to put the singer’s voice back in tune (the same software that makes atonal speech sound like singing, i.e. for comedic effect).


24 posted on 04/23/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: lee martell

There is. And Beat port is filled with clone music because of it.

I do electronic music as a hobby and anyone can spend a couple hundred bucks and ‘make music’ in Fruity Loops. the problem is, they do. Which is why electronic gets such a bad rep.


25 posted on 04/23/2014 1:54:18 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: DannyTN

Does Gibson manufacture the Epiphone overseas?


26 posted on 04/23/2014 1:55:50 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Lake Living
"I don’t know if it’s just coincidence or not but many Ova’s that I seen with several yrs. on them usually have cracked finishes on the top sound board running vertically in line with the neck."

Yup!

I've owned 2 over the years... Really nice ones... but I'll never buy another one for just that reason.

27 posted on 04/23/2014 1:57:03 PM PDT by haywoodwebb (Telling people the truth about Jesus is all that really matters now...)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

...ceasing domestic production...


Yeah, I noticed that qualifier in the middle as well. ;-)


28 posted on 04/23/2014 1:57:54 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Avid Coug

Yeah. This is a little like Packard closing its doors.


29 posted on 04/23/2014 1:58:40 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Ben Ficklin
IDK. I know they have factory(s) here. My point is that the low import tariffs force companies to off-shore to stay in business.

Just like when companies hire illegal immigrants and get away with it, their competitors are forced to do the same. Except with off-shoring it's legal.

30 posted on 04/23/2014 2:00:24 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Ben Ficklin
IDK. I know they have factory(s) here. My point is that the low import tariffs force companies to off-shore to stay in business.

Just like when companies hire illegal immigrants and get away with it, their competitors are forced to do the same. Except with off-shoring it's legal.

31 posted on 04/23/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I’ve had to do some minor refretting and replace the 9 volt battery a few times. That’s all I’ve done over the years.

I haven’t had any cracking occur like some Ovations despite being out of the case for long periods of time.

It was the first acoustic (or electric) I owned that consistently stayed in tune at all positions. Not so with my other guitars, strats, jaguar, and telecaster. Had to retune those suckers slightly everytime the wind changed directions.


32 posted on 04/23/2014 2:00:30 PM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: PowderMonkey
Farewell. It was a great run. Meanwhile, back in the quiet hollows in southwestern Virginia, another music legend is busy being born. Can you hear it? The circle is unbroken...

Wayne Henderson - The Stradivari of the Blueridge

From the link:

Last year my brother made me aware of a book called Clapton’sGuitar – Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument. The book tells the story of how Eric Clapton played a Henderson guitar in a recording studio back in 1994 and decided he had to have one. The wait period for a Wayne Henderson guitar is ten years, even for well known celebrities, such as Clapton. Henderson does not take shortcuts when it comes to his craft. Clapton received his Henderson in 2004.

33 posted on 04/23/2014 2:09:41 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Last Dakotan

lol


34 posted on 04/23/2014 2:13:25 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jsanders2001
>>>>>How much longer are we going to endure this failed socialist experiment? Until NO ONE has any jobs except rulers?<<<<<

French politician Marine Le Pen described Globalization as a process where slaves make goods for the unemployed.

Also somebody described outsourcing logic like skyscraper building where the material for the top floor is brought by disaasembling the floors below.

Rollerball and The runner were optimistic views of the future. Hunger games are awaiting us.

35 posted on 04/23/2014 2:18:35 PM PDT by DTA
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To: jsanders2001

I just sold my Ovation. I had a Balladier for a long while. I learned to play years on an Applause. I now belong to the Martin Owner’s Club. There is nothing like a Martin!! Those words are so true.


36 posted on 04/23/2014 2:22:25 PM PDT by MountainYankee
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
"I like how Ovation guitars sound, but they don’t seem to work well if you play them sitting down."

Which is why they are known as the Standing Ovation :)

37 posted on 04/23/2014 2:30:47 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Olog-hai

I get the impression that Auto-tune is like Spell Check for the performer who doesn’t know how to sing on a stage without a good sound engineer, but does know how to put on a visual spectacle to distract the average listener.

There’s some good music out there, but much of the very popular stuff sounds like a refrain or the fade out played over and over. The bridge is usually where the sound is sped up, the voice mechanically rises about three octaves sounding like Alvin the Chipmunk, and the percussion explodes randomly. I guess that’s where you’re supposed to be in Dance Floor Ecstacy, or bobbing your head while sitting in an office chair.


38 posted on 04/23/2014 2:37:56 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Ben Ficklin

Yes.


39 posted on 04/23/2014 2:46:40 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Avid Coug
Have you played a Gibson acoustic since Gibson acquired the Flatiron Mandolin factory in Bozeman, Montana? I personally don't consider Taylor to be in the same league as Martin, but a new Gibson J-45 or Southern Jumbo can hold its own against comparably priced Martins.

I don't mention the Hummingbird, Dove, or J-200 because they're maple guitars and you always go Gibson when you're looking for the sound of maple.

40 posted on 04/23/2014 2:51:03 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: MountainYankee
There is nothing like a Martin!

I said that until I acquired my first Collings. Now I say there's nothing like an old Martin except an old Martin or a new Collings.

41 posted on 04/23/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster
I play a Taylor 910 that handles as well as any Gibson SJ-200, Martin, or Collings. Purchased in 1996, its held its own and not deteriorated. I had an Ovation prior to the Taylor and it was fine but nowhere near as good as the Taylor. I sold an Everly Bros, a J-45 and an L-7 after I began playing the Taylor.
42 posted on 04/23/2014 3:48:11 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Olog-hai

So much for that laser like focus on jobs the Liar In Chief mentioned.


43 posted on 04/23/2014 4:08:08 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: llevrok
Is that correct? There were acoustics before 1967 that could be plugged in I’m thinking

Not straight acoustics. Hollow-body guitars such as Guilds, Fenders and Gibsons still used magnetic pick-ups.

Ovation invented the underbridge pickup that used piezo crystals to directly 'read' the vibration of the strings and bridge, which gave the Ovation the acoustic sound.

Glen Campbell was one of the first artists to popularize the Ovation guitars on his Goodtime Hour. He collaborated with Ovation to fine-tune their guitars.

44 posted on 04/23/2014 4:11:52 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: Lake Living

Charlie Kaman did some pretty amazing things in very different fields.


45 posted on 04/23/2014 4:33:15 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: SkyDancer

Well, he didn’t say what the laser was going to do to the jobs. Now we know.


46 posted on 04/23/2014 5:01:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I think he was using it to harass some cat.


47 posted on 04/23/2014 6:04:07 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Olog-hai

Some sad faces down at Chatterley’s.


48 posted on 04/23/2014 6:12:45 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Olog-hai
Ovation is New Hartford's biggest employer. New Hartford is a small town but they ( until 1990s) had some manufacturing (Waring Appliances had a plant in the town).

Oh well, Ovation is still going to be operating on my model railroad. :-)

49 posted on 04/23/2014 6:24:33 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Olog-hai

Speaking of American made guitars: I think that many Freepers would take some joy in knowing the final outcome after Gibson had their nasty experience with the federal gov’t invading their factory and seizing some Indian rosewood at gunpoint, based on a theoretical violation of Indian law concerning how much Indian processing had been done on the planks. (Thank you, Obama.) Gibson ultimately used the returned rosewood planks to make a special run of “Government Series” guitars that were certified by the CEO to have fretboards made from the seized and returned planks. They sold out fairly quickly, and will certainly be a true collector item.


50 posted on 04/23/2014 6:36:10 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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