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On one of the History Channels "American Restoration" episodes, Rick Dale took an old Mosrite guitar to Ed Romans shop to get some expert advice on how to restore the guitar. They didn't show Ed Roman. Just a couple of his employees.
I spent lots of time in his shop in Danbury CT back in the 90's, dude did have a lot of amazing guitars in stock then. He was a troll, he treated people like ****************, he suffered no tire kickers, idiots. I was in line one day, buying strings and he was on the phone lambasting a "customer" quite loudly.
He seemed to be OK with me, I always made it plain to him that I was broke, could not afford the PRS's that he was just starting to push big time. He would always let me check out guitars, playing many really cool pieces that I could not have afforded at the time. He had some really early PRS Signatures and Artists, as well as prototypes or stuff PRS sent them, I played one of the first PRS Dragons at Ed's.
I was always after a flametop Les Paul, and at the time there was no Historic Series, or custom shop. Ed always told me that Gibsons sucked (he was right about that in some ways), and PRS was getting it right. I had one of those Strat Deluxes at the time (they just came out and were pretty hot. Roller nut, Lace Sensor pickups). I got it for $400 off some local dude who didn't know what he had, it was worth more. I got a decent bonus at work, so I had some cash in hand, I grabbed my strat and went up to Ed's to see if I could wrangle a used Les Paul for my bonus cash and my strat. Long story short, he gave me an amazing trade in value for the strat ($750), knocked $200 of the price of a 94 PRS CE24. I plunked down $300 in cash and got a sweet axe for a great price. Played that axe out for many years. The strat I traded hung on his wall forever, which he reminded me every time I went in after, I got one over on him!
Ed got out of that store for a bit, was selling stuff out of his wacky space station looking house for a while before relocating out to Vegas. I remember when his daughter was born, she was always in the store...
He lost me when I heard about the BC Rich stuff, and the retopped Les Paul stuff he was starting to do. He turned on PRS too, stopped carrying their stuff, posted those rants on his website.
I think what made Ed who Ed was was that he did not give a crap about pissing people off (industry people). I think he was wealthy by marriage or inheritance, so he got away with it
I know a lot of people who came to Ed later in his life rant and rave about him, but he really didn't treat me all that badly.
Somehow, you failed to convince me with the rest of your post
LOL, just saying he wasn't terrible to ME.
We were hanging out at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury one night, was a decent club that got cool acts from time to time. Forgot who was playing, but it was some washed up rocker from the 80's. Ed comes storming in the front door, right past the two goons collecting for the door. It was a $5 cover, Ed was having none of it. Dude goes on a flat out nuclear rant about "how he built Danbury" and how "he owned the town" and he never pays for anything in town. In the middle of it all, he sees me out of the corner of his eye, and turns and winks at us, then returns to full on rant mode, classic Ed! I think he knew that it was all just a schtick, it was kinda funny to see him like this...
I managed to not say the word "****************" until I was 18
In primary school when my friends discovered swearing, I thought "I've never said the f-word before. I'm never going to say it". I wanted to say it when I got older (mostly because my friends would nag me about saying it), but I just didn't want to end the streak of not-saying it
I ended up accidentally saying it to my girlfriend at the time. I said "Someone told me that Ben got with a really fat girl and he titty-****************ed her"
"He was a troll, he treated people like ****************"
That's pretty much what I hear from everyone who has ever dealt with the guy. I mean, he was truly a character. I am sure ALL of us got some chuckles over the years over his antics. And for what it's worth, he did have some street cred, at least back in the 80's when he was rubbing elbows with all the top guitarists. BUT... being a constant dick is never going to work out in the long run.