If you decide to take up the violin and can't fix that one within a
tight budget, grab one from an eBay vendor for as little as $25.
They're handsomely made, good sounding instruments, too. I doubled my
money selling it locally for half the price the locals get for similar
instruments. (My neck didn't like the fiddlin' position at all so I
had to give it up before I learned much.)
http://tinyurl.com/62hrgkg $24, $19 to ship.
Violin, bow, rosin, strings, case, tuner.
http://tinyurl.com/63a3qvp $2 auction, $19 to ship.
Woe be to him that reads but one book.
-- George Herbert
You should try this shoulder rest before you say "I quit" (unless you
have a short neck):
Unless played expertly (there aren't many), violins should only be
used as decoration.
Bag pipes are in the same class of instruments with the notable
distinction that there are no expert bag-pipe players. Bag-pipes can
not be used as decoration unless mounted like a deer's head with a lot
of bullet holes.
Tambourines and bongos belong on that list, decorative at best and
never to be played.
Notable exceptions to the 'no violin' rule are fiddles in Irish pubs,
where the fiddle players are back-up for singers like myself once we
are over-served. Same thing goes for the Maritimes-style pubs.
In limited doses, Alison Krauss can be entertaining... as is old
footage of Henny Youngman.
On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 05:25:03 -0800 (PST), Robatoy wrote:
I like bagpipe music(is that the right term?), but I don't want to make a
steady diet of it.
When I got hitched, the wedding was in a field alongside a large lake
pretty much in the middle of nowhere, we hired a piper to play the wedding.
Not too expensive and easier to move around than a grand piano.
When the piper arrived, he told me he needed a place to warm up and
and to get the pipes limbered up, I took him over a little rise and
into a scope of trees, thinking he would be somewhat unobtrusive
and less annoying while trying to get the damn thing started.
This is where the fun starts, in a bush nearby there was possibly one of
largest red wasp nest known to mankind, further more, red wasp take great
exception to bagpipe music (it is now only moments from time to walk the
plank) we are engulfed in a cloud of wasp, the piper in full dress is
having a fit, slinging pipes losing valuable articles of clothing and
bagpipe pieces and generally running in circles. Meanwhile in an effort
to keep this guy from fleeing the premises, I'm trying to fight the wasp
off of him and manage to get stung all over the hands and arms.
We managed to escape and gather all his equipment and only ran a few
minutes late with the wedding.
I was in great pain and somewhat dizzy from the excitement and toxins,
but the real swelling didn't start until later that evening. :)
That is a great story. God, I've been to so many weddings at so many
bland and boring places. Nobody at your wedding will be forgetting it
I agree with you on the bagpipes. I like the music just fine - in
moderation and with appreciable breathing space between listenings.
Roba, how do you feel about Natalie McMasters? I caught her at the
Newport Folk Festival some years back and she totally kicked ass. And
looked damn fine doing it.
Here's her accompanied by bagpipes, just for you:
and here she's step dancing:
At the Newport show she danced while playing the fiddle. If she's not
a good reason to clone people, I don't know what is.
She's a one woman wrecking crew. Ashlie McIsaac's cousin, another Cape
Angela and I love that kind of music when live, and preferably in
Natalie has become a little plastic, IMHO, a bit commercialized.
But very talented. We do not own any of her music.
BTW, she's going to be a mommy (#4) any day now.
She's definitely more toned down than when I saw her live. I was
hoping to find a video of her doing something like at Newport. Irish
step dancing is unique in that the whole idea is to not move your
upper body (or smile like you're enjoying yourself or think it's a big
deal), and that allows someone to play an instrument. I'd never seen
anyone move their legs and feet like that while playing an instrument
- or since.
It even brought comments from my girlfriend - "Why are you drooling?"
"Umm, I'm hungry...?"
I go to a LOT of yard sales. I've seen them for $5, and for that, they
would be a great wall piece. I've also seen $500 pieces of this and that
where the people only want $5. You just need to know what you're looking
at, whether it's a coin, a gun, a woodworking tool, a router set, a really
nice set of Forstners, whatever.
Yard sale story: International pickup bed with trailer tongue on side of
highway with "FREE" sign on it. It has a spare. Tires are flat. Hitch
doesn't have ball clasp, so I have to chain it on and tow it five miles to
my house. Go pump up the tires and drag it home. Plan is, I'm going to
use it for hauling around my ranch property. SWMBO rolls eyes, seeing it as
another one of my pointless endless worthless projects. I see hubcaps and
chrome wheel rings. Average condition Put a set of three hubcaps and three
rings on Ebay. Get $148. Advertise the trailer on Craigslist, get $35.
I guess there are people who would have told me the trailer was useless. I
don't always listen to people. My Daddy could swear to that.
Heart surgery pending?
Read up and prepare.
Learn how to care for a friend.
Download the book.
My first two sales on ebay were an Alpine front control panel that the
volume control didn't work very well on. I bought a good one on ebay for
$50, and used the old one for a paper weight for a couple of months. Then I
got a 18w. Dewalt charger that a guy left in one of my rentals. No battery,
no nothing, just a charger. I described the Alpine front panel in detail,
with its malfunctioning volume control. Apparently someone who worked on
them bought it for $40. The battery charger went for $25. My best deal was
a travel trailer I got for $200 and sold for $4300. Lots of other stories.
Think I'm going to start doing some more soon on estate sales, and "home
I can top that - sort of. I sometimes drive around my neighborhood the night
before heavy trash pickup. On one of these foraging expeditions, I spied,
and gathered to my bosom, a military jerry can that looked to be in good
shape. It was.
When I got it home, there, stenciled on the bottom, was "3A Sep 44". If I
decode this properly, the can was put into service with George Patton's 3rd
Army Corps three months before the Battle of the Bulge!
This little can helped rescue the 101st Airborne Division (even though they
never asked to be rescued).
Hide glue can not only be disassembled easily (some
routine maintenance jobs call for it), it can be reglued
without having to scrape out the old glue. Even after
300 years, the old glue is reactivated by the new.
Hide glue also doesn't creep, like almost every other
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