I don't remember how I became acquainted with Mackenzie and Marr guitars. I didn't know anyone who had one, and I'd never seen one in person, but there was something about this company that drew me in from the get go. The looks of the guitars was one thing, and the fine materials used were another, but there was something else that came though. I don't know what else to call it but poetry. Clearly passion was behind the instruments - evidenced by the owners' statements, and also by the fact that the guitars have names. I loved that. To me the names evoked soul. Most guitar companies give their instruments a number. How boring. Now, I had a great guitar before I purchased my M&M. A medium level Taylor, which cost me a lot more than my M&M. True I was looking for something different, but I didn't want to step down in quality or playability or sound. I checked in at M&M's website often over the course of a year. I'm retired and live on a fixed income, so I had to be careful. A voice kept telling me another guitar was not an essential purchase, or was it?
I like a small guitar, and I live on a boat. So the Baby Boat was a no brainer. And I liked the idea of an Adirondack Spruce top. I've spent lots of time camping in the Adirondacks. I liked that connection. I also liked the Tofino with its red cedar top. I live in Washington state, and the red cedar tree is iconic here. These kinds of connection to landscape are important to me - and both these guitars resonated with me in a big way. One day I checked in at the site and there was a Baby Boat that had sustained shipping damage and was for sale at a discount. I went for it.
The guitar is awesome, and is everything I hoped for. It's beautiful and the craftsmanship is perfection, truly. I play fingerstyle, and the sounds that come out of the guitar are clear with a lot of depth. It sings, and I love playing it. The Baby Boat is a work of art, and even in my amateur hands, it sounds like poetry. I am totally satisfied with the guitar. I don't know if owning two M&M guitars would make me any happier, but I feel a strong temptation to find out. Sometime.