With four hours to Stockholm, I had wondered how Chris would manage without the odd "how long now?", but none of it. "It's like an expedition, and we don't even have to hike!"
Mind you with his own electric travel guitar, battery synth and headphones - you could say he was well catered for! Strumming and sleeping - he was ready for every stage no matter what time of day or night.
So Stockholm was the target by early afternoon, take in the guitar stores, and check out the stock. One brief stop could have enticed us to relax, but being 'on a mission', we wanted to make Älvdalen by the end of the day! So, no time for picnics, lets find the capital city.
Lunch in Stockholm was more of a treat for the boy (Pizza in Sweden?) oh well next up guitars, and Halkan was first stop. He always has some special possessions on show!
Reminded of the 'easy deal' I did buying my SuperSwede from him in 2001, we entered the store with much anticipation. We were not disappointed either:
YES FOLKS - NOW WE ACTUALLY HAVE SOME GUITARS
Halkan has moved premises in recent years, and the store contains a wide selection of treasures for any would-be collector... in fact enough to make the "I'd better not buy another one" collector sit up and beg as well!
We were treated to a viewing of some special examples 'kept out the back' sadly not all for sale, but then we're all collectors of sorts eh?
Time was, I would have pawned my shirt for something different, and although the bargains can still be found it wasn't me who ended up doing a deal after visiting.
Anders and I saw something rather nice, and he got himself a mighty bargain by all accounts...
We made our way round the sights, visited the store I've said on the links page I'd love to browse:
Chris gets the photo again, but the desire was achieved for me too, although it must be said they sell their stock through well, and we'd caught them on a lean time for Hagstroms.
While Anders and I chatted in Vintage Guitars, Chris asked to play a PRS (he's got some expensive tastes). While he was in full flow we were thrilled to be met by Karl-Erik Jr. Typical isn't it, why wasn't Chris playing that Viking instead!
Now I don't want to overstate the case here, but it needs to be said. When Karl-Erik walked in the store I needed a double take, because this man is the splitting image of his grandfather Albin. I'd only ever seen pictures of Albin, and it was like meeting the man himself.
A resident of Stockholm, Karl-Erik offered to show us around, and had some good suggestions for our visit to Stockholm. He knew where to find the best Hagstrom selection I'd ever seen in a store.
Other things too - many I thought were impossible to find - were here to view.
Amps and effects units, models of quality and definite rarity.
So this is a small selection from what we found through visiting Sven Hellsten and his amazing Hagstrom menagerie:
As it turned out, there were some superb and unexpected additions to the day, thanks to Karl-Erik. Certainly it made us later getting away than planned, but we wouldn't have missed it.
I was touched by his generous hospitality.
Chris got to play some of the 'family collection' too!
... Älvdalen next!
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