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guitarwannabee
Posted 2024-02-07 1:32 AM (#559057 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: RE: old timers ???


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Miles I was going to ask if there is anything on the OFC website in regards to deceased OFC members?

After I spent time in the Archives Forum It really made we wonder who has passed from the from the OFC.

Not trying to sound grim but I always like to look back and think about members we knew from this website who aren't with us ( in body ) but still a fresh memory of them.
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ovie26
Posted 2024-02-07 11:30 AM (#559058 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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I still check in once in a while. Also still quietly enjoying my 2002 FD-14 and 1981 Balladeer.
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adamkrz
Posted 2024-02-07 6:22 PM (#559063 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Location: New Britain, Ct
I check in now and then - I feel lucky that I live in CT. and was able to visit the Ovation factory in New Hartford when they were open , I have 3 made in CT, and my favorite is the model s771 balladeer special which is also the cheapest I own , I brought guitar to the factory to have the neck reset and they upgraded the bridge and pickup for free- the guitar is now the most amazing I have ever played.
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Randy22
Posted 2024-02-08 11:59 AM (#559066 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Location: Pewaukee, WI
Going through the 20074 archive first. This should take me years.
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Weaser P
Posted 2024-02-08 5:20 PM (#559070 - in reply to #559066)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Randy22 - 2024-02-08 11:59 AM

Going through the 20074 archive first. This should take me years.


...and it will be time well spent (you know, if you appreciate top level knowledge and expertise of front line members sprinkled with dibs of "...it was unbelievable if you were there..." and drabs of "...I can't believe he SAID (or did) that!". Good times...
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BCam
Posted 2024-02-08 7:01 PM (#559072 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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What was the 2012 exodus and why?
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2024-02-09 1:17 AM (#559074 - in reply to #559072)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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BCam - 2024-02-08 5:01 PM What was the 2012 exodus and why?


It wasn't so much an exodus, but not sure how to describe it.  Between 2004 and 2015 Ovation was sold TWICE and the first sale to Fender Musical Instrument Corp resulted in them shutting down the factory.  Also, Facebook came into its own and "forums" were beginning to wane.  To this day, forums hold historical knowledge and that hasn't been able to be replicated with the exception of dedicated sites.  But community-based knowledge forums took a huge hit.  Essentially there are now community "sharing" which is social media, and community forums which are brand/topic based.  

There are brand or topic based groups on facebook but they are generally a disaster with larger ones needing teams of moderators to not only help stay on track, but to thwart those who only want to derail or worse, just spam.  I belong to a few, and it's fun to watch the trainwreck of 100's of people, every day, posting the equal of "what strings should I use."  Not to mention another 100 posts that a team of moderators generally stay on top of, that are working to steal personal information, providing click-bait to steal information and identity theft or ransomware attacks, it's quite the jungle.  

 

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BCam
Posted 2024-02-09 3:48 PM (#559076 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Thanks for the info. I agree with your assessment. With a few exceptions I've found FB brand based user groups to be pretty useless.


Edited by BCam 2024-02-09 3:50 PM
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tpa
Posted 2024-02-09 4:38 PM (#559077 - in reply to #559074)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Mr. Ovation - 2024-02-08 8:17 AM
... and "forums" were beginning to wane.  To this day, forums hold historical knowledge and that hasn't been able to be replicated with the exception of dedicated sites.  But community-based knowledge forums took a huge hit....
It has been an interesting journey which ended when the commercialists took over the internet from the enthusiasts.
Probably the global event events that affected all this were https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot-com_bubble and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007%E2%80%932008_financial_crisis.

One other guitar related forum which I attended completely changed from one day to the next. It was Everythingsg. When I found it it was a website about SG guitars - a true treasurepit with scans of old brochures and descriptions of model variants and historic listing of famous players. This site also had a members forum as one of its offerings. Suddenly all background/history knowledge related information was gone, the forum software was changed which lost much accumulated user supplied knowledge, leaving only the forum without the idea, providing only a service which may be better provided by other sites.

There are a still a few enthusiasm borne sites/forums left and I enjoy them as long as they are around. OFC is one of them. To me it is better with a relevant topic once a week than 10 irrelevant topics daily, but I suppose we all have different needs :-)

Edited by tpa 2024-02-09 4:39 PM
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Love O Fair
Posted 2024-02-10 1:04 AM (#559079 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???



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+1 to above comments by both Mr. Ovation and TPA.

I first came to the OFC sometime around 2005 or so, under the screen name "Spruce Moose".. but very rarely used it, and it must have fallen off the member list due to attrition. So I came back in 2016 as LOF, and have participated pretty much daily since.

I don't use any of the other social media providers for Ovation topics as I early found them to be so diluted with irrelevant matter, one-liner nothings, and in-your-face content blither, so I cannot much say first hand what does and doesn't happen there these days.

Buried somewhere on the OFC site is a link to donate, but you have to dig to find it. I try to use it once per year for at least a token pitch-in, and/or otherwise when I buy a guitar or gear from a member that was posted for sale here. In fact, I think I'm gonna go dig it out right now.. and meantime maybe admin can find a place to post it in a more openly visible spot. I believe that the regulars here truly appreciate the service of a reliable style and method of communicating about our Ovation passion and ongoing friendships. It's where the serious grown-ups still come to mingle.

Bottom line for myself personally-- I love it here! So thank you, Miles, for taking such good care of us!

PS:: here is the donation link--
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S23QL6...
It accepts both PayPal and regular credit/debit.


Edited by Love O Fair 2024-02-10 1:22 AM
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2024-02-10 3:15 AM (#559080 - in reply to #559057)
Subject: RE: old timers ???


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guitarwannabee - 2024-02-06 11:32 PM Miles I was going to ask if there is anything on the OFC website in regards to deceased OFC members?

There are certainly mentions in the forums, but that's about it. I think an "in memorium" would just make the Internet cry.

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seesquare
Posted 2024-02-10 9:55 AM (#559084 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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LOF: "It's where the serious grown-ups still come to mingle."
Thanks, but pretty generous, por moi.
And, "in memorium". I don't find that particularly necessary, either. I have my selective memories, anyway.
True, the other sites have differing vibes & pace. There is some good info at Renovation. I'm a diehard BFLG'er, so anything about restoration and repair is interesting & valuable.
Carry on.
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Captain Lovehandles
Posted 2024-02-20 1:49 PM (#559100 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: RE: old timers ???



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Howdy! I check in once in a while. Not often enough.
I still have two Elites, the Viper and the Deacon.

Just added my 5th grandchild the other day, so I definitely qualify as an old timer.

Hope all is well with you, GWB, and the rest of you codgers.

Jas


Edited by Captain Lovehandles 2024-02-20 1:53 PM
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FlySig
Posted 2024-02-21 5:00 PM (#559104 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???



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Congrats on the new grandchild, Captain!
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Captain Lovehandles
Posted 2024-02-23 12:15 PM (#559105 - in reply to #559104)
Subject: Re: old timers ???



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Thank you kindly.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2024-03-01 10:45 PM (#559111 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???



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Location: Colorado Rocky Mountains
I don’t come here every day as I don’t really have much to contribute, but I do stop by now and then. Lots of friends and acquaintances over the years for sure.
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Waskel
Posted 2024-03-07 8:26 AM (#559123 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???



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We're not completely dead...
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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2024-03-12 10:18 PM (#559134 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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I get it that some won't do facebook. But there's a tremendous Ovation interest there. Numerous groups now.
Lots of newbies who love the brand and old guys who are connecting with fellow fans for the first time.
Actually kind of amazing... to me at least.
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Damon67
Posted 2024-03-19 1:58 AM (#559140 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: RE: old timers ???



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I still have a few Ovations

 

Now I'm off to go find this "Fans Of Sunburst Ovation Tornado Guitars With Hairline Surface Checking" group

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Captain Lovehandles
Posted 2024-03-22 8:54 AM (#559152 - in reply to #559140)
Subject: RE: old timers ???



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I'm a fan of that. I did a temporary swap with M.Lobosco once and enjoyed his Tornado.
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guitarwannabee
Posted 2024-03-30 12:46 AM (#559168 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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speaking of one of the old timers from the ofcer's has anyone heard anything from cliff ?
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seesquare
Posted 2024-03-30 6:35 AM (#559169 - in reply to #559168)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Location: Pacific Northwest Inland Empire
Active on at least one of the Facebook Ovation venues.
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numbfingers
Posted 2024-04-03 8:12 PM (#559171 - in reply to #559169)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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January 2006- am I an old timer? Starting to feel like one in other areas of life. I have too many guitars, considering that I noodle a few minutes each day, Also too many parts since I'm not building or fixing much.

-Steve W.

edit: 1111 posts! Should I quit now?

Edited by numbfingers 2024-04-03 8:15 PM
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tdeej
Posted 2024-04-04 2:53 PM (#559172 - in reply to #558990)
Subject: Re: old timers ???


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Location: Idaho
Still coming around from time to time. Stroke took me out in 2012 and hard to come back. Good to see familiar names along with new ones.
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