Originally Posted by russpurdy
I live 2 hours away from Saskatoon where Dingwall Basses are made. We don't have too many world renown builders of anything around here so I think it's pretty rad to be so close to such a highly regarded shop.
I should own one. You know, support local artisans, etc.
Problem is that I'm broke.
Isn't that a sad story?
Where are you Regina? There are other builders too, such as Fury who works closely with Dingwall, Fury is more famous for their guitars though... actually those are the only two I can think of beyond one man operations. I thought there was a drum company in Saskatchewan that Brad King endorsed too.
And no, buying a combustion is not really support local, I have yet to play a combustion since they are made in China not my hometown.
If you don't like it or feel your money is better spent elsewhere, why do you owe it local artisans? I prefer local too but it was not the biggest factor in my purchase, it did factor in though. When I bought my last 6ers it was between Carvin and Dingwall, I ended up with Carvin as my dollar went much further. When I told Sheldon what I paid for my bass he told me flat out, he cannot compete with that price point, Carvin works for cheap but they also CNC the **** out of everything. I imagine Sheldon is getting close to paying off his CNC at this point, but I know he just got one a few years ago.
Lastly, keep your eyes peeled at pawn shops and on Kijiji. There are great Dingwall deals here due to that, I have seen a couple sell for half price. Back before the internet ruined pawn shops I had a buddy who bought a Dingwall for $300. Obviously some booster took it and pawned it without knowing what he had and the shop owner just charged appropriate mark up.