PSA: Caveat Emptor In The Classifieds

Near the end of 2006, we began to notice a pattern relating to advertisements in the classifieds forum that seemed a little suspicious with regard to the rules. After analysis of our site usage data, we found that one user appeared to be using three different usernames, and was fairly active in the classified section of R-N.

The pattern consisted of Wechter/Scheerhorn guitars being advertised along with an explanation of the need to sell. Usually, the reason was that another guitar was being purchased (often a custom) and the poster needed to sell, or the guitar was acquired in a trade. Accompanying these posts were comments from other R-N members vouching or cheerleading for the seller. The language used by three of the posters was similar, enough so that we were fairly convinced that these posters were all the same individual.

Further investigation revealed that all three users had posted from the same IP address - strong evidence that the same computer was used for all three.

The main poster was Darrell Weaver using the ID docdobro, the secondary, cheerleading posters were 'UncBob' and 'mt-music man'. We deactivated these accounts and notified Mr. Weaver of our reasons for doing so

On 4/14/07 a new member of R-N joined with the ID of janzirkle and within one month had posted a similar For Sale message from the same IP used by Darrell Weaver. We immediately deactivated this account on 5/10/07. Also on 4/14/07, another member joined R-N using the ID gmallard, listing his location as Great Britain. More on this user later.

On 5/17/07, jtmreso joined Reso-Nation. In June he posted a For Sale item listing a W/S guitar. At that time, our suspicions were not aroused, but read further.

On 6/15/07 another new member of R-N joined, using the ID twslide. Several For Sale posts were made and the posts looked like those of Darrell Weaver, but the IP address used was not consistent. We continued to monitor this user. In December I compared the photographs twslide was using to some that had been used by Darrell Weaver, and the photographs were identical. Further, in response to an inquiry about the guitar he had for sale, twslide sent me his telephone number. Upon looking this number up on Google, there were two hits. The first indicated that the number belonged to Darrell Weaver. The second was the list of authorized dealers from the Wechter website, listing that phone number as "Mountain Music" in Lyndhurst, VA.

On 6/22/07 "bryangambler" joined Reso-Nation and made his first post a For Sale ad on 7/20/07, offering a mahogany W/S. No photos were posted in conjunction with this ad. More below.

On 1/28/08, we were contacted by an R-N member who was concerned about a potential deal he was making based on an R-N classified ad posted in December by jtmreso. In their offline communications, this user was asked by jtmreso to make a check payable to "mt-music". Here is a portion of the communication we received relative to this transaction:

"He instructed me to make out a check payable to mt-music. I feel uncomfortable about this fellow since I thought I was dealing with an individual and not a music company. What is your policy for music companies selling on ResoNation?"

A review of this classified ad includes a post by "gmallard", the user claiming to be located in Great Britain noted above, commenting favorably on the guitars in the ad. The IP used by gmallard is consistent with one used by twslide.

Most recently, this past weekend, we were informed by a member of R-N who "received an email from a user/ bryangrambler stating he had a w/s available with pics and a price. Odd thing about this is is that the same pictures were posted by another user back in December with a different description and price". This user forwarded us this email, and the photos enclosed were the same as in the gallery of jtmreso. Further, the return address on the email appears to be that of Darrell Weaver. And finally, the IP used for one of bryangambler's posts is shared with gmallard.

Summary: Based on various data, it appears that Darrell Weaver has created at least the following eight user IDs and used them in an attempt to sell guitars commercially on R-N, in violation of our rules and in refusal of our direct requests to cease.

-mt-music man

There may be more that we have missed, and until we revamp the integrity of our user data, there is the possibility of future registrations from Mr. Weaver.

Despite the deceptive nature of using multiple aliases (shady at best), our real objection was the listing of new items by an entity acting in a commercial capacity. Mr. Weaver is an authorized Wechter-Scheerhorn dealer.

We do not recommend that you purchase from this dealer; nor do we recommend that you refrain from purchasing from this dealer. The purpose of this notification is full disclosure, so that you have this information at your disposal for any future bartering through this site. Use this information as you see fit.

Remember, in all transactions, "let the buyer beware".

In 2004, Reso-Nation began not simply to have another online reso forum, but to fill the void left in the wake of the Raymond Boze affair. Awareness is our best defense.

Kohrs Produces Grammy

Congrats to the multi-talented Randy Kohrs for his grammy winning production of Jim Lauderdale's The Bluegrass Diaries.

The Bluegrass Diaries

More Signature Reso News From NAMM - Randy Kohrs & Amistar

I've heard a lot of good things lately about Randy Kohrs' new Amistar tricone, both from Randy and members of his band. The Bluegrass Blog is reporting a new RK signature model announcement at the NAMM show. Nothing on the US distributor's website about the signature model yet, nor on Amistar's site either, although they do have some photos of Randy and Mike Auldridge playing Randy's Amistar at last year's Resosummit.

Douglas/Beard Collaboration News

I've caught ear of a few more details bubbling up from the NAMM show in California regarding the much anticipated Jerry Douglas model guitar from Beard.

Reportedly there will be two versions. One, an "Aura Ready" Sapele Pomele model complete with a innovative new pickup system from Fishman which will list for $7500. There will also be a Mahogany Sapele version minus the pickup system for $5250.

Additionally, the newest incarnation of the Fishman Aura will be more "stompbox" in nature.

More details as I hear them. 2008 should prove to be a dynamic year for the reso market.