Frankfurt Musikmesse 2006

Here you are, some selected pics from our successful Frankfurt show 2006!

Phew… I counted back time – this picture series is “not more” than 4 months late… Well, better late than never! This year we co-operated closely with two German Ruokangas dealers: Musikhaus Jever and Musicfactory Eschwege. I thank you guys – Holger Hanenkamp, Sebastian Schmalz and Peter Klebe – and bow down deep for your invaluable help! By the way, check out the updated Musikhaus Jever website and read about Holger’s dealer philosophy – now THAT’s what I call an uncompromised attitude!! The Oscar Wilde quote on the front page sums it up quite efficiently: “I have the simplest tastes – I am always satisfied with the best!”. Both Musikhaus Jever and Musicfactory Eschwege have a convincing selection of Ruokangas guitars in stock at all times so don’t forget to check them out!

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The Frankfurt team 2006 from left – Peter Klebe (Musicfactory Eschwege), Sebastian Schmalz (Musihaus Jever), me and Holger Hanenkamp (Musikhaus Jever). Cool t-shirts guys! 😉

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May I present to you our new UK dealer Pete Clay, Jam Guitars. Their brand new hi-end boutique is located in Bristol, go check out the website, you’ll find the contact from our dealer page!

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The legendary Larry Fishman ladies and gentlemen. We’ve used some of his products in our guitars over the years. Nice to meet the man himself finally…

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The amazing tapping virtuoso Dmitri Maloletov from Moscow. His technique really kicks some serious ass I tell you! Notice the shotglass on top of the amp… The Russians… 🙂

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The crowds cheered when Dmitri played…

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The future hopes of guitar building – a group of Finnish luthier school students with their headmaster Anssi Nuutinen (in the middle).

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Devoted Ruokangas player Hendrik Bartels. Regards to the Musikhaus Jever guys!

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Mika, I’m sorry that you didn’t fit in the picture. But – your wife (Pirjo) and daughter (Crista) did, so… no hard feelings, eh?

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I got a phone call sometime last year from this man, Anno Galama, and he congratulated me for choosing such fine tonewood (spanish cedar) for my electric guitars. I found out that Anno has built quite much electric guitars a long time ago from this same wood species! Spooky – I didn’t even know that spanish cedar has been used like this before our times…

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The Schmalz brothers on my side, Stefan (left) and Sebastian. As I recall, Stefan doesn’t YET have any of our guitars… 😉

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The show is over! Having a sandwich and beer at our fellow guitars makers booth. Fibenare guitars – we found out that our UK dealer Jam Guitars carries their line also. Thank you for the refreshing drinks guys! Cheers everyone – see you next year, same time, same place!

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