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The Thimble Slide guitar slide allows the wearer to slide when they want -- yet still fret the strings when they need to!
The Thimble Slide guitar slide allows the wearer to slide when they want -- yet still fret the strings when they need to!
202 backers pledged $36,220 to help bring this project to life.

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Help Bring Thimble Slide To The World Market!

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Funding Goal:
Help raise enough funding to build machines that can manufacture the Thimble Slide by the thousands. For the last three years manufacturing of the Thimble Slide has been by hand. Attempts have been made to mass produce the slide by a workshop of people but it became clear that the quantities needed for major distribution worldwide could not be filled by hand-production.

Machine Manufacturing In The U.S.A.:

After a long search, a company that builds manufacturing machines has been chosen and is located in the U.S.A.. I have already met with them, agreed on a manufacturing plan, and have contracted them to begin building the machines (tooling) needed. My company, DHW Enterprises, is a small company based in Los Angeles; and the machine company is based there too. I'm proud to say that manufacturing of the slide will remain in the United States; support at least eight jobs here; and the packaging and slide itself will bear the stamp: "Made In U.S.A.."

Why Funding Help Is Needed:
My company, DHW Enterprises, is a small company which up to now has been my business entity for my music. As such, the annual income is far below what banks require for a business loan and the amount needed to build the machines is beyond my personal income. So, I'm seeking help from the public to bring this product to the world; to help with funding, be a part of the history of the Thimble Slide, and light the ignition that will launch this product!

Risks and challenges

Risks:
At this point I see no risks. I say that because I've already been manufacturing and selling the Thimble Slide for three years. The design and operational difficulties have been settled. With machine manufacturing -- we're simply increasing the volume of inventory that can be made. I am dedicated to manufacturing the Thimble Slide for the long-term. It is my life's dedication at this point.

Challenges:
The last major challenge I can see after manufacturing is obtaining major distribution. Currently, I sell the slide directly through my website and online stores that funnel through my sales channel. I cannot seek distribution until I can assure a distributor of a plentiful stream of inventory from as little as a few hundred units per week to several thousand. I've already spoken with several distributors -- that's how I know these numbers; and, they are interested should I be able to deliver. If distribution is not obtained --- the challenge becomes establishing my own direct sales to stores. Either way the challenges will be met either quickly or over time. My experience in the music industry, three years selling the slide, friendships with other product manufacturers all give me insight and knowledge that come into play in meeting challenges related to the slide. I am also a member of NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) and so I have access to trade shows where I can showcase the slide and meet with distributors and store owners. I will achieve my distribution goals; it's only a matter of time.

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    A Kind Donation To The Cause: You have my Hearty Thanks! Join us on our Facebook page and see how things develop: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thimble-Slide/219973267799

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    Slider Membership: You'll receive 1 new Thimble Slide in it's packaging with a signed certificate that it was part of this funding campaign. You can use or - keep it as a collectable memento of your participation in helping bring this product to the world; along with my Hearty Thanks! And, having a Thimble Slide, I invite you to be a "Slider" by joining us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thimble-Slide/219973267799

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    Slider Membership Plus: You'll receive 2 Thimble Slides in their packaging with signed certificates that they were part of this funding campaign. One you can use and one you can keep wrapped as a collectable memento of your participation. You have my Hearty Thanks; and, having a Thimble Slide, I invite you to be a "Slider" by joining us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thimble-Slide/219973267799

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    Reseller 's Pack: You'll receive 6 TS-Maxim slides in their retail-ready clamshell packages in the following sizes and quantities:
    * 1 Small
    * 2 Medium
    * 2 Large
    * 1 Extra Large

    Medium and Large covers about 80% of all male players but there always seems to be a guy that needs the Extra Large. Small - fits the majority of female players and some male players.

    You may restock with us as needed. You have me Hearty Thanks for contributing here and let's begin a long reseller's relationship!

    Additional wholesale discount prices will be applied on your restocking orders.

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    Slider Immortal: In addition to receiving the Slider Membership Plus package, your name will be listed permanently on our website in the "Acknowledgements" section as a contributor listed under the entry for "Kickstarter Campaign 2015" in the "Immortals" section; and you have my sincere Hearty Thanks!

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    Slider Immortal Seraph: In addition to receiving the Slider Membership Plus package, your name will be listed permanently on our website in the "Acknowledgements" section as a contributor listed under the entry for "Kickstarter Campaign 2015" in the "Seraphs" section; you'll also receive an autographed copy of my acoustic album "Davison/Coleman: Forward Motion" which has our Top-10 single "Moonshadow" on it, a personally burnt and signed CD of my digital releases "Madame Guillotine" and "Last Dance;" and you have my sincere Hearty Thanks!

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    Bronze Reseller:
    * 25 units of TS-Maxim slides in a variety of sizes S, M, L, XL
    * Preferred Dealer listing on our website
    * Selling ahead of distribution advantage
    * 1 Collector's TS-Fleur De Lis slide size M, handmade by it's inventor Cole Coleman as a personal thanks for participating at this time.

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    Honorary Order Of Maxim: In addition to receiving the Slider Membership Plus package, you will be inducted into our "Order Of Maxim." Usually reserved for musical achievements using a Thimble Slide, we will award it here for your strong contribution. Your name, image, brief bio (up to 75 words), and a link to your website or page will be listed permanently in our "Order Of Maxim" section on our website and in the "Acknowledgements" section as a contributor listed under the entry for "Kickstarter Campaign 2015" and you have my sincere Hearty Thanks!

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    Silver Reseller:
    * 75 units of TS-Maxim slides in a variety of sizes S, M, L, XL
    * Preferred Dealer listing on our website
    * Selling ahead of distribution advantage
    * 2 Collector's TS-Fleur De Lis slide size M, handmade by it's inventor Cole Coleman as a personal thanks for participating at this time.

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    Gold Reseller:
    * 200 units of TS-Maxim slides in a variety of sizes S, M, L, XL
    * Preferred Dealer listing on our website
    * Selling ahead of distribution advantage
    * 3 Collector's TS-Fleur De Lis slide size M, handmade by it's inventor Cole Coleman as a personal thanks for participating at this time.

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    Platinum Reseller:
    * 500 units of TS-Maxim slides in a variety of sizes S, M, L, XL
    * Preferred Dealer listing on our website
    * Selling ahead of distribution advantage
    * Special Press Release
    * 5 Collector's TS-Fleur De Lis slide size M, handmade by it's inventor Cole Coleman as a personal thanks for participating at this time.

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Funding period

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