How does Lonn do it?

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  1. Uncle Jimmy

    Uncle Jimmy Senior Stratmaster

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    How is it possible one person can find so much great gear? What's the secret?
     
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    a bad local economy
     
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    A crack financial advisor?
     
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    Bodean Just A Simple Man

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    The Keebler elves help
     
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    I don't know anything about the condition of the local economy in the Indianapolis metro area, but where I was there for the Indy 500 last year, I saw a lot of attractive CL deals. I'm still kicking myself for not taking the time to go buy a Laney British made tube amp for a great price, and close by. It was a LC30-112 for $175, said to be in great condition. Of course, I was feeling a little squeezed after paying $300 for my race ticket, plus flight, rental car, hotel, etc.
     
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    Is he a past lottery winner? ;)
     
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    I've shared the secret before, and it's no secret. I live in a target rich environment, I always have $200-300 cash, and I'm on CL constantly. I'm fortunate to have a job schedule that gives me either 2 or 3 days off each week depending on the week so I've got time to run around and get the good deals while everyone else is at work. And trust me I pass up a LOT of deals. Just today I passed a 2012 MIM Strat mint for $200. The necks sell for $150-175 on eBay. No secret, just diligence. I've got competition too, there's 3-4 other guys local that do what I do and we run into each other from time to time at pawn shops. We even deal amongst ourselves from time to time. I'm pretty sure I lead the pack though and can't believe my own good fortune from time to time. Matter of fact it's time to give back.
     
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    RE: MIM necks..saw a 2012 MIM strat maple neck on ebay, listed bu one of the "big" sellers, they wanted 274.00 for the neck..really..?? The seller's name starts with a S, so i'm sure you guys can figure it out. That's just stoopid imho.
     
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    PiezoMan Strat-O-Master

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    Stratospheric prices
     
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    Bingo!

    Like Lonn I watch CL like a hawk..Paid off again, going to pick up a Nice mim later tonight for a stoopid low price. :D
     
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    It's not rocket science. Just a lot of work and running around.
     
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    How many guitars have you owned over your career Lonn?
     
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    Around 700. Slowing down at this point although it probably doesn't seem like it.
     
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    WOW...
    hmm
    Groovy type WOW.

    700 is two years of new guitar days..
    Life is an adventure,
    Enjoy life!
     
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    Lonn is bluffing of course! Secretly there are 10 Lonn's at work, at any given time of the day! :D
     
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    Even funnier considering I got a Classic Series 50's neck for $250 after shipping...
     
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    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

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    Living so close to millions of other fish has to help.

    When I lived in a city of 200,000 CL was easy pickings.

    The sticks not so much. :(
     
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    700 ?! How many have you kept? Anything good?
     
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    Lots of good ones, but I don't think he's actually kept any, haha.
     
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