They promptly responded
on December 7, 1926:
They correctly directed him to "the C. H. (sic) Martin Company, Nazareth, Pa.".
The distance from the
Martin guitar factory in Nazareth to Ralston is just 165 miles:
Earl wasted no time in
contacting Martin for their catalog and price list.
He selected their most expensive Hawaiian Koa guitar,
the 0-28K model at $75.
He waited until after
his 25th birthday (the day after Christmas, 1926),
then went to the Ralston General Store to order it up
as the new year of 1927 began.