F 1 D 0 - 2003 04 27 at 2310

Lame Entry Day.

I hope I don't have many days like today.
Oh, it was fine! Nothing was wrong, nothing
bad. But the writing? It is so seriously 
lame! I'm listening to all of my own brilliant
ideas. Me. Myself. And I. Me. Myself. And I.

"I got this."

"Listen to me."

"I think I love my new toy."

Feh.

But I've told some of you about this
in private email, so it makes sense that
I should write about it here once and for
all, yes?

And if you know me at all, you know that
consulting work here is slim to none too
much of the time, so I shouldn't be making
any kind of major investments.

Still, it happened. Ann came with me to
Colossimo's Music, and they truly had a
half price sale. She was pretty determined
to get this for me. It's lovely. 

I know life costs money, but I resist
sometimes. I don't buy myself toys nor
travel when I'm feeling cash poor. Ann
reminded me how much of a good deal it
was, and that it was probably a good time
to do this.  Ok, fine.

They posted someone at the door 
who only let the same number of
people out as in.

To look at the wall of guitars, normally
with perhaps a hundred of them in stock,
now entirely naked, one has to imagine that
this was a very good sale.

When someone like me considers the concept
of money saving, I consider half a good thing.

Especially when we start on the low end to
begin with.

We looked at the pianos, and while many were
sold, some of them were still available for sale.

They had a lovely oaken one. It was entitled 
"Rachel's". I've never seen one, but it played
alright. They didn't take the time to tune it
or correct the action prior to the sale.

Oh, yes, it was grand piano. Not a concert
grand, but perhaps a 7 foot grand. Big enough
for us to only flirt with it. Normally 8000, for
sale at 4000. Delivery extra.

My favourite of the pianos was a lightly used
Yamaha upright. It had this wonderful crispy
action. It just begged you to play the bass
hard, and it just sang along. 

Sean was our sales person, and I asked him
how much the Yamaha was. "Normally, 10,000.00
so half of that." Yikes! The grands were going
for 4000.00 - but I can tell you that this had
a wonderful voice and good muscles. 

I went recently to a piano show. This firm
takes one or two full sized trailer loads
of pianos from one city (town) to the next.
They stay for a long weekend, and then move
on. They held their sale here at the Community
Auditorium. I caught it on the last day, the
Tuesday.

Who was it; Handel? Bach? When in a room full
of pianos he had to play something on each and
every one. Well, That's me. I do that too.

When I did it most recently, I chose Freeford
Gardens, and previously, I remember playing 
Mr Isaac's Maggot (favourite). In some ways,
playing the same song on a room full of pianos
is mean to the sales people, but if you want 
to hear the differences, you have to at least 
come in to it trying to play the same song the 
same way on each, and hear the differences in 
tone and feeling the piano exhudes. They were
used to similar abuse. The people who come in
and can only play chop sticks. Ok, they cannot
play that either. Still, I'm lumped in with
them, at least I think I am.

So back to Colossimo's. Before checking on the
pianos, we took a look at the student guitars.
They were stacked up into a pretty mountain in
the middle of the store. Every few minutes you
would see someone else leave the store with one.
They looked nice! Takamira? I couldn't really
tell it apart from mine at home. Oh, it looked
new and beautiful, but the sound was similar.
It came with a book, a case and a strap I think.
All of this for only half of 379.99

Ann suggested I keep trying out the other instruments.

Now, when I was in Toronto, visiting the Twelfth
Fret, they had a lovely 10 string mexican guitar
thing I loved. It felt more like a mandolin, but
it had this extra string. It wasn't too long, so
I could play each fret with the assigned fingers,
and do magic with it. It had a strange tuning, of
course! The lowest pair of strings was B, and each 
next pair was a Dominant Fourth higher. 

Some of the instruments I checked were truly curious.

There was a nice left handed Yamaha guitar. I didn't
appreciate the lefthandedness until I tryed to play
it. It was nifty-strange! I tried to hold it with
switched hands, strum left, frets right. I just *could
not* do it. But they only wanted 350.00 for it?

And then I picked up this Ovation. The first thing
I noted was how it kept sliding off of me. There was
a salesguy who was nice, and said, "They're lovely
instruments, but I won't buy an Ovation because of
that. They won't stay against your body!"

But at some point, I found a body position which kept
it from sliding around. Without much work, I was able
to play the kind of melodies I like, but they got this
two-string sound. 

I just recorded this tonight, with five minutes of
practice. I know it doesn't well show off the new
guitar, but you'll hear how I sound on it.

CareNot.mp3 or careNotMONO.mp3

Here is a page which describes Ovation's design
considerations.

http://www.soundme.com/eng/anatomia/pag04.htm

And here are a few pictures, as that could help 
show the differences between this and other guitars.

GuitarsSide.jpg

guitarsPerspective.jpg

frontGuitarsClose.jpg

frongGuitars.jpg

That's all I know.