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Kudos to LMII
Woody O'Keefe

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After buying Koa wood B&S on Ebay I sent the wood to LMII for sanding and side bending. Of course they required a signed disclaimer waiver in case something broke. A few days later I received a call from Dan at LMII saying one of my sides broke coming out of the bender. It was their fault he said, and they will replace both sides at no cost. I should have them today. WOW!! Obviously I am a happy camper.


Mar 27, 10 | 6:47 am
Bill Cory

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Yup -- they are an honest bunch. I've had the same kind of experiences with them.

Mar 27, 10 | 7:42 am

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Same yup,

They are very willing to get you the right set of wood. If you have specific whishes (color, figure) they find it for you.

Mar 27, 10 | 8:36 am

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wow...Woody, you are one lucky guy, because I heard that picking up Koa from eBay is draw of a luck. And now, you are getting them from LMI...phew u are one lucky guy...

Mar 28, 10 | 8:41 pm
Woody O'Keefe

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Hey PeterP,

The Koa came from a Luthier in the San Francisco Bay area. It was a nice set so I guess I was lucky.

Mar 29, 10 | 9:12 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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The folks at LMI are great to work with. All my experiences with them have been good ones, and I was pleased to meet some of them at the Healdsburg Festival last August. That was fun, as they have a "store" set up and you can pick out your B & S's, etc. Next time I am going with lots of money!!!!


Mar 29, 10 | 2:05 pm

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I am a loyal LMI customer, particularly as I get more into the scratch side of building. Materials for my last four have come from them, including the very lovely (and expensive) koa I'm currently building with. It was interesting to watch luthiers picking thru their display at GAL - some incredible looking wood.

And just so you feel a little better about the sides - I was watching Charles Fox (inventor of the side bender used by many builders, including LMI) give a demo on bending and sure enough he split a nice mahogany side. Shrugged his shoulders, looked at the audience and said "that happens".

Mar 30, 10 | 5:46 am

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