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Feb 28, 2020 - 1:52:37 PM
1606 posts since 2/10/2013

Went into a music store 2 days ago. I wanted to check out the Eastman E10D TC guitar. They had to order one, and because of the virus, arrival of new instruments will be slow. But I am #1 on the waiting list. News services are talking about this every day, but it is the first time I has affected me.

I will be buying the guitar. I have to provide time for banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Just don't have enough time warrant buying a professional quality guitar. But the Eastman E10D is good enough for any music hobbyist.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 02/29/2020 14:10:03

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:11:28 PM
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10067 posts since 6/30/2015

This is also demonstrating one of the pitfalls of just in time production. It's great when there are no kinks in your supply line, but a single glitch in the chain and everything down line falls apart. Too many companies put all their eggs in China, and there is not back-up plan. And with JIT production, even if you needed only a small part from China, you can't build your big item.

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:06:25 PM
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Chris Meakin


2782 posts since 5/15/2011

I just had a new PC built. Essentially a gaming machine without the graphics capabilities for number/data crunching. Took six weeks rather than the normal 7-10 days due to lack of easily available parts - supply from China has really slowed down.

Edited by - Chris Meakin on 02/28/2020 15:06:58

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:18:09 PM



2578 posts since 2/20/2016

It's going to affect a lot more than the shipment of instruments.
Cases of the virus are appearing in many countries.
The US depends heavily on food and goods that come from many places.
Let's hope they manage to contain the spread of the disease quickly.

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:30:23 PM

98 posts since 9/1/2018

DON'T pop bubble wrap, that is Chinese air in there!


Feb 29, 2020 - 7:14:54 AM
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88 posts since 8/20/2019

Maybe this virus scare will teach America to make more things here and stop being so dependent upon other countries.
Buy from local farmers, craftsmen, and manufacturers here in America.

Go to the mountains of Virginia here, and buy a Stelling banjo or beautiful mandolin, made by Geoff Stelling, military veteran and great guy. Other crafters here in America make outstanding quality instruments. Visit their workshops and see what they are doing, just because some of them are not big names you see out there, doesn't mean they aren't putting out a powerhouse instrument.

Stop by local farms across America, like mine, buy your meat, milk, grains, vegetables and fruit.... eat and live a lot healthier.

Just do anything you can to buy from people who make products here.

Americans need to become neighborly with themselves again, buy, sell, trade the things we make and grow here. Do the best we can to support that.

As far as computers and phones, all it takes is for some other country to knock out all our communication satellites, and you have no way of talking to anyone, and there will be so much panic, because you're all addicted to those devices.

All my friends and neighbors here in Virginia and West Virginia have put CB radios in our vehicles, and we have our ham radio licenses, backup generator, and some sort of solar/hydro/wind backup power. We will be able to communicate with each other in the event of a crisis... what will you do? Complain because your new phone is stuck in China and your other one is broken or has no signal?

Think about it, make friends with your neighbors. Make, sell, buy products from each other. A big change is coming and we need to be prepared for it. Save America.

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:35:42 AM



717 posts since 2/15/2014

Mr Buckhorn, You sound like a crazy but your correct support your country, unfortunately the majority of people are sheep and like to be told what to do by an "authority" or are greedy and would still kill for a tin of beans
The vision you describe will never happen unless folks are forced out of necessity and can kill, skin and cook a rabbit. just read through the posts on the hangout and you can get a picture of snowflakes offended by a comment.
P.S, coronavirus dont exist but sheeple who watch tv and read fake newspapers are hooked

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:08:55 AM
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53939 posts since 12/14/2005

"Coronavirus don't exist", says he.

"Is that something you KNOW, or is that something you FEEL?" says I.

There's a very important distinction between knowing and feeling.

As long as the discussion is about scientific proof, and not politics, we can keep it going.

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:54:55 AM
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88 posts since 8/20/2019

'conic' ... I guess because I have a farm and grow my own things to eat, I see things differently, I'm about 80 percent off the grid right now, and don't rely on imports mainly (not entirely, yet). I'm not a crazy, just a retired military veteran who has seen a lot of 'over there' across the ocean, and didn't like what I saw. Part of my specialty was radio frequency communications, and satellites are very vulnerable, just a 1-cubic inch piece of floating space debris can totally wipe out a satellite and stop communications for millions of people. We have our CB's and hams here at home as backup in any event.

Scientifically, though, 'mike gregory', I learned that a virus needs a host, where a bacteria does not. If we could just stop a virus from attaching itself to our cells, we'd have them all licked...

and a little BanjoHangout humor...maybe if we amplified the sonic waves of a Stelling banjo through an infected person's body, it would scare off the virus and the patient would be cured! Lemme grab my Staghorn, I got some experimenting to do...

Feb 29, 2020 - 9:06:13 AM



717 posts since 2/15/2014

Apologies Mr Buckhorn , I was agreeing with you, I meant to say you may sound like a crazy but are correct.
Satellites, Im not sure, maybe underground cables and line of site masts, most now connected with fibre optics to get the the bandwidth.

Feb 29, 2020 - 12:18:20 PM
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1606 posts since 2/10/2013

Importing and exporting is a 2 way highway - it goes in both directions. A country can't stop buying from other countries and still expect them to sell American made items in that country. There are raw materials which just cannot be purchased in this country/hemisphere. Does the average person know which raw materials are imported into the U.S. ? I don't think so. Do you think the U.S. could stop importing oil ?

I have lived in several countries, and U.S. produced products are commonly used, especially in countries where people can afford them.

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