I've bought from the States, but only new and pre-Brexit. Once from a reputable dealer (Elderly Instruments) and twice from builders direct so the instruments started their journey in mint condition, were very well packed and arrived safely. Buying a 90 year old resonator is a bit of a gamble at the best of times though.I've never bought direct from the States - no idea how well that works. But yes, I see your point!! Thanks very much for coming back - really appreciate it.
As far as import procedures go, it was straightforward but added around 1/3rd to the cost. Add on carriage costs, customs clearance fees and then VAT on the whole lot. How Brexit has affected the process and whether the procedure is different for used instruments I'm afraid I don't know.
If the Heathfield guitar was cheap it might be worth a look, if you have a decent repairer who knows about resonators on speed dial. But I'm dubious.
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