Frankfurt Musikmesse 2000

This was the first time Ruokangas Guitars attended Frankfurt Musikmesse. We were there together with another Finnish guitarmaker, Markku Henneken. The journey from Finland to Germany was a hilarious one – all the guitars, other equipment and ourselves stuffed into Markkus’ Toyota Carina II! The show was great fun, we got to know lots of nice people and learned a whole lot of useful things about trade fairs in general.

Markku and me getting things happily started. I remember the last night sleep was VERY short due to the massive amount of work of putting the stand together just the two of us.

Left – Juhan Ecare, a great guitarist from France whom we have had the pleasure to meet every year in Frankfurt since this happy coincidence.
Right – Ismael Reinhardt stares awed (as we all did) the amazing technique of this Brazilian player Marcinho Eiras.

The happy guitarmaker with a new customer, Mick Box of Uriah Heep. Their album Look At Yourself is one of the absolute favourites of all time for me…