Aardvark at the SoCal Vintage Show: Day 2

Wow! What a day. We had a quick breakfast then headed to the fairgrounds. Things started with a bang when we had a run on lap steels–we had expected to sell one or two during the show, but we found ourselves sold out of them by shortly after lunch. Sales were good for other instruments, too. Our particularly sweet-sounding 1979 Martin D-28? It’s now on it’s way to Japan, along with our coolest tenor flat top. We also met some great people, including pickup winder Don Mare, the man who seems to have cracked the code of old Tele pickups. While there are a number of great winders who build wonderful sounding pickups, somehow, magically, Don’s pickups sound old.

We were lucky enough to pick up a number of instruments today: a 1915 Gibson mandolin, a 1957 Gibson mandolin, a beautiful 1956 Gretsch Country Club in Cadillac green, and a minty Gibson CS-336 from the Custom Shop. We wish that we would have been able to afford the beautiful, original D’Angelico that was for sale, but $49,000 was a bit out of our reach. All-in-all, it was a great (yet very busy) day. Look for the new instruments to be listed for sale within the next week or so.

We’re down to the final day of the show–and then, Sunday evening, we’ll pack everything up and head home.