Check out the kits on Australian Luthier Supplies by Hancock Guitars - http://luthierssupplies.com.au/
For those of you that have never seen one before, the dreadnought and OOO kits look A LOT like unpackaged (brand name removed) Stewmac kits…. except there is no mention of the instructional DVD.
ALS list the OOO mahogany kits at AU$659.00, but this price does not include the Goods and Services Tax. Using ALS’s online checkout, to get the kit to my front door, using their cheapest post option, would cost me AU$756.44 – or on the current conversation rate, US$680.46
When I purchased my Stewmac mahogany OOO in July of 2006, the kit cost me US$365.00 and the postage and handling US$54.95.
Today, Stewmac sell the same kit for US$427.00 and I imagine the P&H has increased also… For the sake of the exercise, let’s kid ourselves that postage has doubled in the last 20 months to US$108.00. So, an OOO kit from Stewmac today will cost me somewhere around US$535.00, delivered to my door.
Meaning ALS wants US$145.00 extra for…..? Insurance, staff (to repackage)?
I am all for supporting the local guy having a go, but I just sense greed is the driving factor in this deal.
To be fair, I have emailed ALS, asking them if they are simply repackaged Stewmac kits. I shall post any reply I receive.
My personal advice for anyone considering an ALS kits. Buyer beware!