Topic: What is it About Martin Owners
I spent the weekend working the Wintergrass Bluegrass festival in Tacoma. I manage the instrument check room, which operates like a coat check, only for people's guitars and banjos and fiddles and mandolins. One of the things we do to keep things organized is to provide separate shelves for each type of instrument, and we make the guests write that down on their claim check tags. It says "Instrument Type" right there on the tag, with a little line for them to fill in so we know.
Now, most people put down exactly that. "Banjo." "Guitar." "Fiddle." And so on. But there is one notable exception to this. Invariably, someone shows up with a Martin in a black hard case. And they put "Martin" down on the tag. When they pick it up, the tell you "It's the Martin in the black case." I realize they don't know that I've got 30 Martins in that exact same black case, but still.
I found that this only applied to Martin owners. The guy with the $20,000 gold plate pre-war Tonemaster just put "banjo." The dude with the 1938 Martin C-1 just put down "guitar." The dude with the custom 9 string Dobro just put down "dobro." And so on. But the dude with his new Martin D-28 in that black case ensured that everyone knew it was a Martin.
So why is that?